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FRC Team 1511

Rolling Thunder

FLL Coach Training

2010 Season

September 8, 2010

Matthieu Dora

Larry Lewis

fll coach training
FLL Coach Training
  • Presentation Overview
    • FLL Overview
    • Coaches
    • Mentors
    • More Coaching advice
    • Judging
    • Tournament
fll overview
FLL Overview
  • FIRST Lego League ( 12th year !)
  • CORE Values
fll core values
  • Respect each other in the Best Spirit of Teamwork
  • Behave with courtesy and compassion for others at all times
  • Honor the spirit of friendly competition
  • Act with Integrity
  • Demonstrate Gracious Professionalism
  • Encourage others to adopt these values
gracious professionalism
  • Gracious attitudes are ‘win – win’
  • Gracious folks respect others and let that respect show in their actions
  • Gracious professionals make a valued contribution in a manner pleasing to others and to themselves as they possess special knowledge and are trusted by society to use that knowledge responsibly

- Woodie Flowers, FIRST Co-founder and MIT professor

team mission

Your FLL Team is expected to:

  • Explore in depth the challenge theme
  • Share the fun of technical problem solving
  • Open up the possibility of technical careers
team tasks

Your FLL team will be evaluated on:

  • Research Presentation
  • Robot Design and Construction
  • Teamwork
team commitment
  • Teamwork
  • Risk Taking
  • Experimentation
  • Dealing with failure effectively
the fll timeline
The FLL Timeline
  • Mid-May Thru Mid-Sept
    • Team Formation and registration
  • September 3rd
    • The challenge is released
  • Sept – Oct – Nov
    • Teams work on the challenge
  • Late Nov – Early Dec
    • Qualifying Events
    • State Tournament @ University of Rochester
  • Late April
    • FLL World Festival
  • The Team Coach is the team leader.
  • Coaches provide structure and direction as the kids work to create the solution to the year’s challenge & project.
  • Coaches are rarely technical experts.
  • The most important features of a coach are patience, dedication, and a willingness to learn with the team.
good advice for coaches
Good Advice for Coaches
  • Do not take FLL too seriously.
  • The goal of FLL is for your kids to have fun with robots while being exposed to technology and science.
  • Do not solve the problem for the kids.
  • Avoid over emphasis on winning (compete to improve)
  • Have fun.
the mentors
The Mentors
  • A mentor is any person who works with the team.
  • Invite guest speakers to come and speak to your team about their project
  • Asking guest mentors to come to at least 1 meeting is a great recruiting tool. Once they get involved, they typically stay involved.
  • Engineers – Can help provide skills for the robot’s design or help with the team project.
  • FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) member – High school student who may have experience building a robot.
  • Science professional – Perhaps an expert in some area of this years challenge can provide help with research and solutions.
  • Graphic Artist – Can provide help with presentations, T-Shirt designs, etc
  • Computer Programmer – Can help the team learn how to program the robot and troubleshoot.
nuts and bolts of coaching
Nuts and Bolts of Coaching
  • Time Commitment
    • Meet with your team twice a week for about 2 hours. Adjust as you see fit.
  • Time vs Progress
    • Most progress is made in the final couple of weeks. Expect to expend more effort towards the end.
    • Remember the kids are the ones learning by doing. Let the kids solve the problems. Your role is to be a guide and director.
the screws and nails of coaching
The Screws and Nails of Coaching
  • Providing facilities
    • Meetings need access to a computer, the internet, a robot work area, and a place to layout a 4x8 playfield. A classroom or conference room works.
    • The ‘Table’ is a 4x8 sheet of plywood with 2x4’s around the edge.
the budget
The Budget
  • A sample budget
    • Team registration fee: $200
    • Field Setup Kit: $65
    • Tournament fee: $125
    • T-Shirts, batteries, etc: $100
  • Startup costs
    • Robot Kit: $395
    • Practice Table: $50
  • Travel Expenses (if needed)
    • 3 hotel rooms: $300
    • Food for: $150
team dynamics
Team Dynamics
  • Children under the age of 11
    • Will tend to want to start over if something does not work
    • Respond better to hands-on examples or visual explanations.
    • Require a little more time and explanation
  • Children over the age of 11
    • Are more willing to try and improve their existing design
    • Can handle conceptual suggestions
  • Teams with mixed age groups will require some additional direction
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Team Dynamics
  • Experienced vs Rookies
    • Some of your kids may be experts at LEGO, some may be rookies
    • Try having the older experienced kids help train the younger students
    • Be sure everyone is involved and owns some part of the robot or presentation
evaluation of your team
Evaluation of your Team
  • During the contests, your team is evaluated on the primary tasks…
    • The Team Project Presentation
    • Robot Design and Construction
    • Teamwork
  • Evaluations are subjective and done by a panel of volunteer judges.
  • Awards are assigned by the judging panels.
the team project presentation
The Team Project Presentation
  • Your team is asked a very open question about the year’s theme. For example, 2009’s game Smart Move.
  • In the best way possible, describe your community. Next, create a list of all the ways things move in your community. Choose one method of transportation and research how it is dangerous, slow, or problematic.
  • Create an innovative solution to help them improve the safety, speed or efficiency of your chosen means of transportation.
  • Finally, share what you have learned with others in your community.
team project presentation judging
Team Project Presentation Judging
  • Your team is asked to select a challenge, create a solution, and present it to the judges.
  • The format of your presentation is up to the team. Examples in the past have been everything from skits, newscasts, videos, and songs.
  • Your team is evaluated against a rubric that you will be provided.
  • Significant items on the rubric are:
    • Teamwork (does everyone participate?)
    • Research Quality & Accuracy (not just internet and make sure it is correct)
    • Presentation (try to not go over 5 minutes and try to make it interactive)
robot design judging
Robot Design Judging
  • Your team will be interviewed by a judging panel to discuss the design and construction of their robot.
  • This is an interactive interview, we do not expect a formal presentation.
  • There is a rubric the judges are looking for. You will be provided the rubric in your coaches materials.
teamwork judging
Teamwork Judging
  • FIRST uses an informal method of judging your teamwork.
  • The judges are evaluating your team during the Project and Robot Design sessions.
  • The judges are observing your team at random times during the day.
  • A rubric is provided.
robot performance
Robot Performance
  • The 4th element to the robot contest is the score that your robot generates on the table.
  • Your score is the objective measurement of the robots success.
  • The best score of three matches is the one that counts, and is used to rank all of the teams.
qualifier tournament day
Qualifier Tournament Day
  • November 20th (Saturday)
  • Event is from about 8 AM to 4 PM
  • Three main activities for the teams
    • Pit area and practice tables.
    • Technical and Presentation Judging
    • Robot Contest
  • Award Ceremony
pit area and practice tables
Pit Area and Practice Tables
  • The pit is were we come to find your team for all activities.
  • Each team will have a single table and a power strip.
  • Practice rounds and final tune up of the robot is common.
the judging process
The Judging Process
  • Technical and Presentation judging starts in the morning before the contest. A schedule will be posted on contest day.
  • Teams are retrieved from their pit table and returned by host volunteers.
  • Judging will happen concurrently with the contest.
robot contest
Robot Contest
  • The contest is held in the Gym.
  • There are 3 rounds of robot contest.
  • Best single score determines the winner.
  • Teams are retrieved by runners, and queued up 3 matches ahead of their run.
  • The teams perform with their robot and are then returned to the pits.
award ceremony
Award Ceremony
  • At the end of the day, awards are presented.
  • Only one judged award per team.
  • Robot performance is a separate award and is based only on score.
wrap up
Wrap UP
  • FLL is a well thought out program that every school can participate in.
  • FLL has a great set of CORE principals.
  • Running an FLL team is very rewarding for coaches and mentors.
  • FLL is FUN for everyone!
frc team 1511 rolling thunder
FRC team 1511Rolling Thunder

Larry Lewis

(585) 242-4479 – work