FIRST LEGO League (FLL) is an international program for kids ages
9-14 that combines a hands-on, interactive robotics program and
research presentation with a sports-like atmosphere. Authors James
Floyd Kelly and Jonathan Daudelin - both participants in numerous
FIRST LEGO League competitions - have teamed up to bring coaches,
teachers, parents, and students an all-in-one guide to FLL.
Written for both rookie and experienced teams, FIRST LEGO League:
The Unofficial Guide includes in-depth coverage of topics like team
formation and organization, robot building and programming, and the
basics of getting involved with FLL. Before the authors delve into
the specifics of robot and team building, they reveal the
fascinating history of the FIRST organization and the sometimes
puzzling structure of the FLL competition. Using a combination of
real-life stories and candid commentary from actual FLL teams, as
well as recollections of their own experiences, they offer an
abundance of helpful guidance and dependable building and
FIRST LEGO League: The Unofficial Guide explores the complex
workings and structure of the FLL competition, including its four
key components: Robot Game, Technical Interview, Project, and
You'll learn how to:
- Organize, recruit, and manage a team
- Find equipment, mentors, and funding
- Design, build, and program winning robots
- Tackle each of the four FLL components - from Robot Game to
- Use strategies and techniques from FLL masters to increase your
No matter what your role in the FLL competition, FIRST LEGO League:
The Unofficial Guide will make you a better competitor, builder,
designer and team member. The only ingredient you need to add is
your competitive spirit!
Ausstattung/Bilder: 2008. XXIII, 233 p. w. numerous figs.
Abmessung: 226mm x 181mm x 18mm
James Kelly is the author of LEGO Mindstorms NXT: The Mayan Adventure (Apress, December 2006).
He was accepted as a member of the beta team for testing of the new Mindstorms NXT. He created the 1 Mindstorms NXT blog in January 2006 and it continues to draw an estimated 30,000+ readers monthly for news, updates, and information on the NXT. Readers and fans of NXT know his name and that he is actively involved in promoting the NXT as well as teaching kids and adults how to design, build, and program robots using the new kit.
Acknowledgments Introduction Chapter 1: What is FIRST LEGO League? Chapter 2: How FLL Works Chapter 3: Guidelines and Rules Chapter 4: Finding Equipment, Mentors, and Funding Chapter 5: Starting or Building a Team Chapter 6: Managing Your Team Chapter 7: The Team Experience Chapter 8: Coaching a Team Chapter 9: NXT vs. RIS Chapter 10: Basic Building Chapter 11: Building Techniques for the Robot Game Chapter 12: Sensors Chapter 13: Getting Organized for Programming Chapter 14: NXT-G Programming Concepts Chapter 15: The Project Chapter 16: Tournaments and Beyond Resources Index Updates About the Authors