What is FLL?
Guided by adult volunteer coaches, FLL teams research a real-world problem and are challenged to develop a unique solution. They also must design, build and program a robot using LEGO MINDSTORMS®, then compete in tournaments on a 4’x8’ table-top playing field.
Students learn to apply science, technology, engineering, and math concepts (STEM), plus a big dose of imagination, to solve a problem. Along their journey, they develop critical thinking and team-building and presentation skills, as they must present their solutions with a dash of creativity. They also practice FLL Core Values, which emphasize discovery, teamwork and good sportsmanship.
The objective is to:
- get children enthusiastic about science and technology
- equip the participants with the idea of team spirit
- encourage children to solve complex tasks in a creative way
Why is this program is critical to your child’s future?
The FLL program and competitions provide one of the best platforms for young people to get excited about the challenges and rewards of engineering. They are pushed to the limit on every level: project management, design, research, testing, strategic- planning, and more. We expect to look back years from now and see many of our early participants in the workplace providing the innovative solutions we need to maintain our competitive edge.
Any student age 9-14 residing in the City of Decatur or attending F.AVE or Renfroe Middle School is eligible to apply for an FLL Team. Each team will have a minimum of 2 volunteer coaches and a maximum of 8 students. Due to demand, team members will be chosen by a competitive selection process. Historically, there have been an average of 4 teams from F.AVE and 4 teams from Renfroe Middle School. However, the number of teams (and subsequently team members) are based on availability of volunteer coaches. As a volunteer coach, your child is guaranteed a spot on your team. Coach Interest Form
Applications are reviewed and spots assigned in August.
The teams will meet at least once weekly August – November with competition dates on Saturdays in December and January. Additional meeting times may be required to finish preparation for competitions. Team meetings will be held afternoons and evenings at a combination of school, the Decatur Makerspace or Ebster Gym.
Students and their parents must be prepared to make a commitment of their time to maintain membership with the team. This includes regular attendance at team meetings and competitions. We recognize that schedules are tight and students will have to manage their time to maintain their grades and other commitments, but the goal is to be an active member and help out in the best way they can.
Mentors and Coaches
Coaches are a huge part of what makes FIRST® LEGO® League possible. Whether you are a teacher, parent, or volunteer, you help us bring FIRST to our community. This program would not succeed without you. We just cannot say it enough – we think our coaches are awesome!
Running a team takes time and planning, but it is also a lot of fun! No experience is needed. Contact us to find out more.
With the generous support of Decatur Education Foundation, we aim to keep our program as financially accessible as possible. Scholarships are available to families who are unable to pay the fee. No student will be turned away based on their ability to pay. Please indicate your need for financial assistance on the application.