FIRST LEGO League (FLL)

Cherrybrook Presbyterian Church

Cherrybrook Presbyterian is a Christian community committed to living out the Christian faith in every area of life. We are also nuts about Lego League! We think it’s a great opportunity for kids to get together, have some fun, develop skills and grow as people. We also think it’s a great opportunity for us to open our doors, serve our community, and share a little of what we believe about Jesus. Therefore we hope the ‘Lego based’ community we form during this competition will provide opportunities for you and your kids to connect with our church community and through that find out more about Jesus!

FIRST LEGO League

FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) LEGO League is a powerful program that engages children in playful and meaningful learning while helping them discover the fun in science and technology.

At its core, FLL (FIRST Lego League) is a competition where teams are asked to design and engineer an autonomous LEGO robot, which can accomplish missions set by FLL. Teams need to research, build, and experiment, and by doing so, they live the entire process of creating ideas, solving problems, and overcoming obstacles, while gaining confidence in their abilities to positively use technology.


Our Lego robotics team competing in the 2016 First Lego League competition at Macquarie University

FLL Australia runs an annual competition which is launched in July/August with the release of that year’s challenge leading up to the all-day tournament at Macquarie University in November/December. Previously, over 60 teams from all over NSW and Australia have gathered to compete, present, learn, and have a great time. The atmosphere is usually electric, and it is certainly a unique experience, as you can see from our video of last year's competition above.

Meeting Times and Dates

At Cherrybrook Presbyterian we plan to divide the 2017 year into two halves.

Terms 1 & 2: the sessions will run fortnightly from late February or early March using a challenge from a previous year.

Terms 3 & 4; the sessions will run weekly  from the middle of the year until the 2017 tournament in November/December.

The sessions will run for 2 hours on Thursday evenings (6pm - 8pm) at the John Purchase Primary School hall, Purchase Road, Cherrybrook.

We would normally enter 2 teams of 6 children in the November tournament.

During an average session, teams will research and design their robot (using LEGO Technics, LEGO Software, LEGO Mindstorm Robotics, and various other technical bits and pieces), participate in an additional research project, play some teamwork games, hear some teaching from the Bible, eat some supper and have a great time!

FLL Theme and Bible Teaching

Every year, FLL is themed to address a different area of society. The 2016 challenge theme was Animal Allies. During terms 1 and 2 the teams will work on last year's FLL Challenge, developing the skills required to build, test, and program an autonomous robot using LEGO® MINDSTORMS® EV3 to solve a set of robotic challenges.

Our teams will also spend a little bit of time each night learning about what the Bible tells us about God and life – (using LEGO wherever possible of course!).

Coaches

A core team of volunteers from Cherrybrook Presbyterian form the basis of our coaching team. These are just ordinary people, who are interested in helping kids to grow and change. We welcome parents to stay and assist each night. The more the merrier! Some parents are also involved in a more official capacity, and will coach the kids each week and at the tournament.

Cost

Unfortunately, a LEGO League team is not cheap to run. Each team needs help cover the costs of the LEGO Mindstorm EV3 Robots, team registration fees, hall rental, challenge sets, batteries, team T-Shirts and additional Lego.

These costs are covered by each child paying $250 for the whole year. We also ask parents to participate in a roster to provide the supper.

Registration

We have a limited number of places available this year. I f you would like to register your interest please fill out the on-line rego form and we will be back in touch soon to advise if we can offer a place.


Lego League Online Rego Form

Need more info? Contact:

James Nodder - Minister
M: 0424 471 235
W: 9875 4894
E: james@cherrybrookpc.org.au
Post:PO Box 643, Cherrybrook, NSW 2126

 

 

 

 

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