How to start a successful FLL team – Part 1

Posted by on Oct 6, 2010 in Edtech, educational technology, Elearning, Lego, STEM | 3 comments

#edtech #fll #elearning The School Technology Report for Wednesday, October 6, 2010: This is part 1 of how to start a successful First Lego League team at your school.

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  1. Great FLL videos, Brad. I’ve coached teams of 8 and that’s not bad. I only have 6 this year and have felt like there were kids missing since I’m used to bigger teams.

    I’m not as brave as you to do videos, but I have also started my own blog to help new coaches. I’d be interested to hear what you think of it. Maybe some of my tips can help your viewers/readers as well.

    I look forward to seeing your other FLL videos. Good luck at your competition!

  2. You may cover this in later videos, but for #1 you have managed to overlook a few key expenses — such as the MINDSTORMS NXT robot kit, field table, software license (per seat), tournament registration (local and/or regional), and apparel.

    And, you appear to have the good fortune of a facility that will permit free use of school computers, classrooms, utilities, and storage.

    If you have managed to fully equip a team of six, for only 600 dollars, my heartfelt congratulations. My experience is far different.

  3. Dave brings up a good point.

    Starting an FLL team from scratch can cost a lot, so it might be as high as $200 per student, but then in following years it should be much lower.

    Correction: you mention having only $600 to start a team, but I said $900 which should just about cover everything, hopefully.


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