FLL 2018 Qualifier Registration opens

2018-10-24 @ 10:00am

Registration for Qualifiers opens on October 24 at 10:00am.  All qualifier registrations in North Texas take place via the Perot Museum — see https://www.perotmuseum.org/educators/first-lego/index.html#_qualifiersites for full details and information.


You will need the following information available to register:

  • Team number
  • Team name
  • Coach’s name, email and phone number (we will communicate with you via email)
  • Payment


  • Qualifier locations are first come, first served. Once a location is filled it will be removed as an option. Teams CANNOT change their qualifying site after registration.
  • Registration is not complete until payment is received. Payments can be made by credit card, check, or purchase order.
  • If paying by credit card, teams may register online. Payment by credit card is strongly recommended and the best way to ensure your spot is held.
  • If paying by check or purchase order, teams must call Reservations at (214) 428-5555 (press 8) to register with payment ready to be made. After giving details to Reservations, you must mail in your check or purchase order within 7 days. You may mail your check in early but this does not reserve your spot; you must call Reservations to complete your registration.
  • Include your team’s name and number as well as the coach’s name on your check.
  • An invoice can be generated in advance by contacting fll@perotmuseum.org.
  • Only full and completed registration including payment reserves your spot. Payment must be received by 11:59 p.m. on November 17, 2018 or your team will not be able to compete.
  • Qualifier fees are nonrefundable.

To register for a Qualifier, teams must already be registered with FIRST. Qualifier registration will be handled through the Perot Museum of Nature and Science.

Need an invoice? Email fll@perotmuseum.org with your team name, team number, and billing information.



FLL Beginning and Intermediate Programming Coaches Clinic @ FCA

2018-10-13 @ 9:00am - 4:00pm, Fellowship Christian Academy

Coaches/Mentors and up to two student team members are invited to attend the FLL Programming Coaches Clinic hosted by the Fellowship Christian Academy Robotics Club.

The FLL Beginning EV3 Mindstorms Programming Session will cover the basic EV3 Mindstorms environment and programming basics, motor programming basics, turning with a gyro, detecting lines and borders, and simple My Blocks.

The FLL Intermediate EV3 Mindstorms Programming Session will cover sensors, loops, moving along a heading, line/edge following, specifying distances, and understanding navigation error.

You may attend one or both sessions.  Space is limited so please limit your attendees to no more than two coaches/mentors and two student members per team.  No unaccompanied student team members are allows.

Please RSVP and complete a separate form per team.

Saturday, October 13th @ 9:00am – 12:00pm: FLL Beginning EV3 Mindstorms Programming Session
Saturday, October 13th @ 1:00pm – 4:00pm: FLL Intermediate EV3 Mindstorms Programming Session

Fellowship Christian Academy
1821 W. Camp Wisdom Rd.
Dallas, TX 75232

For questions, contact Jay Jordan at 972-679-0998 or info@fcarobotics.com

FLL Chassis & Attachment Building Coaches Clinic @ FCA

2018-09-29 @ 9:00am - 12:00pm, Fellowship Christian Academy

Coaches/Mentors and up to two student team members are invited to this clinic that will overview the LEGO building pieces most commonly used for building FLL robots and will present design principles important to developing a good chassis and efficient Robot Game execution. The clinic will demonstrate a wide variety of attachment types and mounting options.

Space is limited so please limit your attendees to no more than two coaches/mentors and two student members per team.
Please RSVP and complete a separate form per team.

Saturday, September 29th @ 9:00am – 12:00pm

Fellowship Christian Academy
1821 W. Camp Wisdom Rd.
Dallas, TX 75232

For questions, contact Jay Jordan at 972-679-0998 or info@fcarobotics.com

UTD FLL Coaches Training Workshop

2018-09-20 @ 9:00am - 2018-09-21 @ 4:00pm, University of Texas at Dallas / SEEC

Presentation Slides:
Session 1 – Intro and Robot Build
Session 2 – Beginning Programming
Session 3a – Strategy, Chassis, Attachments
Session 3b / 4 – Intermediate Programming

This workshop is for coaches/mentors (adults) ONLY.
Cost:  $30/session, register at UTD Marketplace

Calling all FIRST LEGO League coaches, mentors, and educators! Come brush up on your knowledge & skills during the summer break and hear proven tips for improving team performance.

UT-Dallas is once again offering summer training workshops for coaches and teachers where attendees get hands-on experience building and programming LEGO Mindstorms EV3 robots.  Sessions are facilitated by Dr. Patrick Michaud, renowned FIRST coach with several world-ranked teams.

Workshops will consist of four half-day sessions on September 20-21; each session will cost $30 (thus $120 to attend all four sessions).  UTD will provide the robot materials, computers, and software to be used during the sessions.  (Lunch is not provided, but there are many on-campus options for lunch, and we have refrigerator/microwave for those who wish to bring lunch.)

Space is limited and registration is required — registrations will generally be taken on a first-come first-served basis.

Specific session topics for the FLL workshops include:

September 20 (9a-12n): Intro to FLL and Robot Build
– Introduction to FLL and season overview
– LEGO Mindstorms components
– Basic robot building concepts
– Assemble and test prototype robot

September 20 (1p-4p): Beginning FLL Programming
– Introduce Mindstorms EV3 software
– Robot navigation concepts
– Sensors for detecting lines, borders, colors
– Creating “My Blocks”

September 21 (9a-12n): Chassis, Attachments, Programming
– Review common game challenges
– Intermediate robot building principles
– Techniques for more competitive robots
– Common attachment types and features
– Intermediate programming: My Blocks, loop and sensor blocks, gyro-based navigation

September 21 (1p-4p): Programming and Tournament Prep
– Programming: line following, testing
– Tournament overview
– Tips for improving success in Core Values, Project, and Robot Design judging

To sign up for these workshops, please visit the UTD FIRST Robotics storefront at https://ezpay.utdallas.edu/C20239_ustores/web/store_main.jsp?STOREID=135, then select one of the available “FLL Coaches Training Workshops”.  Again, space is limited and registration will be generally first-come first-served.

For more information regarding the workshops, please email <patrick.michaud@utdallas.edu>.  We look forward to seeing you at the workshops!

UTD Clinic – FTC Android Programming

2018-09-22 @ 1:00pm - 4:00pm, University of Texas at Dallas / SEEC

This event is intended for coaches/mentors and programming members of a FTC team.
Cost:  Free, but pre-registration is required:  https://goo.gl/forms/Ncn0uLhE9RzZNJaC3

This will be a FTC clinic focusing on programming FTC robots using OnBot Java.  The clinic will be held at UT-Dallas on Saturday, September 22 (room TBD).  Parking and event details will be sent out to registered participants.

The focus of the clinic will be programming and control systems using OnBot Java, although we’ll be glad to discuss any topic pertaining to FTC.   If there are any specific programming topics you would like to see covered, please contact Patrick Michaud.  Currently the clinic is expected to cover:

– configuring phones and controllers
– FTC programming basics – OpModes and LinearOpModes
– motor and servo control
– gamepads and driving logic
– organizing code into functions
– sensor basics, including gyro / IMU
– threads and concurrency (time permitting)

We don’t expect to have any “hands-on exercises” in the clinic, so you don’t need to bring a robot, control systems, laptop, or other equipment with you.  You’re welcome to bring these things if you like (for demonstration, questions, troubleshooting, etc.), but we won’t be allocating a lot of time during the clinic itself to work on them.

Location: University of Texas at Dallas, room TBD

Again, please pre-register for this clinic to receive information on location, parking, etc.




UTD FLL Coaches Clinics – FLL Programming

2018-10-20 @ 9:00am - 4:00pm, University of Texas at Dallas / SEEC

Slides – Beginning Programming
Slides – Intermediate Programming

This clinic is for coaches/mentors and up to TWO (2) team members.
Cost:  Free, pre-registration is required

UT-Dallas will again be holding clinics on programming Mindstorms for FIRST LEGO League.   The clinics are offered all day, with a beginning programming clinic from 9a-12p and intermediate programming clinic from 1p-4p.

UTD’s Coaches Clinics are free of charge, but we ask that you pre-register for the event so that we can communicate event details directly to you and have an estimate of attendance size. Attendance is limited to coaches, mentors, and up to two team members.

In each clinic session we will provide opportunities for attendees to try some (not all) exercises using their own robots and laptops.  We won’t be providing any robots or laptops at the clinics, so you need to bring your own if you want to do that.  Be sure your laptops and robots are fully charged, as there may not be power outlets available.  Also make sure your laptop has the EV3 Mindstorms software already installed on it, and that you’ve been able to get it to communicate with your robot (e.g., with a USB cable).  Even if you’re using an NXT robot, we recommend using the EV3 software to program it.

If you don’t have a robot already, we recommend building the “Educator Vehicle (with attachments)” for the clinics.  This is the robot typically used for demonstrations.  The instructions for this build are included in the EV3 Education Kit, and you can also find a PDF download at the top of http://robotsquare.com/2013/10/01/education-ev3-45544-instruction/ .

Of course, don’t feel as though you need to bring a laptop and robot to the clinics.  Many coaches and members have found that it’s much easier to just watch, listen, take notes, and ask questions.  And it’s always helpful to have people around who can help troubleshoot others’ programs and robots.

In each clinic there is a lot of material to cover in a short period of time, so please arrive on-time and be prepared that we’ll be proceeding at a fairly good pace.

Beginning Programming topics

  • Overview of EV3 Programming environment and programming basics
  • Motor block basics — moving forward and backward
  • Turning using a gyro sensor (EV3 robots only)
  • Using “port view” and “view mode” to see sensor values
  • Detecting lines, borders, and colors
  • Simple My Blocks (creating blocks for turning and missions)

Intermediate Programming topics

  • Programming and robot game strategy
  • Loops and sensor blocks
  • Moving along a heading with gyros
  • Line following / edge following
  • Specifying distances in centimeters
  • Understanding navigation error

Also, Builderdude35 created a YouTube video about using the gyro for driving the robot.

For more information about these clinics, please contact Patrick Michaud at patrick.michaud@utdallas.edu .