Our Story: Starting in 2017, FRC Team 272 partnered with 3 local grade schools, Mary Mother of the Redeemer (MMR), St. Jude and Mater Dei to offer FIRST Lego (FLL) programs to students in 4th to 8th grade. Each year we continue to welcome students. Our FLL participants now come from Catholic schools, public schools, charter schools, and homeschooled students. FLL students are guided by two or more adult Coaches, as well as an LC student mentor to research a real-world problem such as food safety, recycling, energy, etc., and are challenged to develop a solution. They also must design, build, program a robot using LEGO MINDSTORMS®, then compete on a table-top playing field. Along their journey, they develop critical thinking and team-building skills, basic STEM applications, and even presentation skills, as they must present their solutions with a dash of creativity to judges. They also practice the Program’s Core Values, which emphasize discovery, teamwork and good sportsmanship.
Here is some more general information: FLL Explore is for students from 2nd to 4th grade. Teams usually meet once a week for about an hour and a half in the evening. The season runs from September to December or January. Competitions are scheduled from the beginning of December into January. We will ask the coach to touch base with the team families for the best competition dates and locations before registering a team. FLL Explore teams are also invited to attend our LC Tune Up that will take place November 19, 2022. *Coaches needed, no experience necessary!