FIRST LEGO League (FLL) is a robotics program for 9 to 14 year olds, which is designed to get children excited about science and technology, as well as teach them valuable employment and life skills. Teams, composed of up to ten children with at least one adult coach, can also be associated with a pre-existing club or organization, home schooled, or just be a group of friends who wish to do something awesome. At St. Stephen's, FLL meets from August through December, building towards a competition in mid-December. Our FLL team ranked 12th out of 22 teams in the 2011 competition.
Every September, FLL releases a Challenge, which is based on a real-world scientific topic. Each Challenge has three parts: the Robot Game, the Project, and the FLL Core Values. Teams of up to ten children, with one adult coach, participate in the Challenge by programming an autonomous robot to score points on a themed playing field (Robot Game), developing a solution to a problem they have identified (Project), all guided by the FLL Core Values. Teams may then choose to attend an official tournament. After the tournament, SSA FLL will continue 4-H Robotics through the rest of 2012 school year in preparation for next season. Applications for next year's team will be collected in the spring.
In 2012 St. Stephen's has two FLL teams. They will both compete in the Senior Solutions competition on December 8.