In FLL, teams learn both through what we do (the Robot Game and the Project) and how we do it (the FLL Core Values). Each fall, we provide FLL teams around the world with an annual Challenge. The Challenge is based on a set of real-world problems facing scientists and engineers today. It has two parts: the Robot Game and the Project.
Robot Game: Teams design, build, program and test using an autonomous robot with LEGO MINDSTORMS technology. The robot must perform a series of tasks or missions to score points in 2.5 minute matches on a themed playing field.
Project: Teams explore an actual problem that today's scientists and engineers are trying to solve, develop an innovative solution to that problem (either by creating something that doesn't exist or building upon something that does), and share their findings with others.
Core Values: Throughout their work on the Robot Game and the Project, teams are guided by the FLL Core Values to build teamwork skills and make this a great experience for everyone involved.
For roughly eight fast-paced weeks, teams work as a group to overcome obstacles and meet challenges. They learn from and interact with their peers as well as adult coaches and mentors. Teams work to find creative solutions to the problems presented to them in the Challenge. They then compete in a qualifying tournament where they celebrate their accomplishments with other FLL teams, family and friends.
Here is the location of FLL teams in Illinois.
The Century Strikers!
The Bolin Builders!
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