What is FLL?
This exciting program introduces kids ages 9-14 to the wonders of science, math and technology in a fun and engaging way. Guided by adult Coaches, FIRST LEGO League (FLL) teams research a real-world problem such as food safety, recycling, energy, etc., and are challenged to develop a solution. Using LEGO MINDSTORMS® they also must design, build, program, and test their robot to compete on a table-top playing field.
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.
Students in 4th-8th grades are invited to join our teams. We support over 10 FLL teams in the City of Decatur which is about 100 students. Teams have a maximum of ten (10) children and a minimum of two (2) coaches.
Openings on our existing teams fill up very quickly. The number of teams we support is limited by the number of coaches and mentors willing to volunteer their time. Additional coaches and mentors will allow us to support more teams and students.
If you are interested in joining a team or curious about coaching, please contact us or fill out an application. Applications are reviewed and spots assigned in August.
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.