FIRST LEGO League Coach Advanced Training

EV3 Robotics Camp

FIRST LEGO League Coach Advanced Training

Ideal for coaches that have completed at least one FIRST LEGO League season or our FLL Coach Basic Training, this class will cover methodologies to assist in getting your team up and running quickly, with a focus towards advanced robotics design and programming topics. We will very briefly cover the Project, and Core Values, then focus the majority of training on Robot Design with advanced LEGO™ components, Programming Blocks, and Formula Methods. Our primary trainer has coached FIRST LEGO League teams, and independently coordinated state qualifying tournaments for FIRST of Michigan (the state league). He is a seasoned technology, and enterprise solutions trainer with many years of technology design and programming experience.

Training dates are opened as they become available. Each session requires a minimum of 8 participants and has a maximum seating capacity of 16 participants. Space is limited so book your seat today.

When and Where:

September 26th, 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Registration Opens September 1st, 2018

Sessions will have one fifteen minute breaks.

Grand Dial Communications

2610 Horizon Dr SE, Suite 130
Grand Rapids MI 49546

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The Project:

A solid project is critical to a team scoring well during competition and being eligible to advance to the next competition level. Some coaches have asked why teams have to spend their time on a project when this is a robotics competition. The project is a key component to engaging kids in problem solving at a level far beyond technology. It engages the team members where they live: their community and the world around them. When they complete a meaningful project, they can then carry out additional assignments as a team, such as designing and building a robot.

We will briefly cover some strategies for focusing your team around their projects.

Core Values:

Core Values are a foundation of the FIRST LEGO League. When achieved, your team will work as just that- a team. They will stand out as force to be reckoned with as they will have each other’s backs. They will build each other up, and tackle any challenge thrown at them. They will truly become leaders for themselves, each other, and the FIRST LEGO League community.

As a returning coach, you are likely aware that teams that excel spend time on Core Values. We will cover a few exercises to enhance and strengthen our team in Core Values, and how we can assist our team members in understanding why the Core Values are important.

Advanced Robot Design:

The robot game is the heart and soul of the FIRST LEGO League. Kids join because it is cool to create a robot made from LEGO. The Robot Game is the challenge that truly puts your teams design and programming skills to the test. So how do you go about working with your team to build a robot advanced and efficient enough to complete the tasks in 2 1/2 minutes? This is truly the challenge. During our class time we will explore some LEGO components that many are unaware of. We will go explore some drivetrain design ideas and best practices. Once a drivetrain is in place how are you going to interact with objects on the filed? That is where the world of sensors, arms, triggers and transport mechanisms come into play. Through out our hands on topical explorations we will walk through exercises and methods you can use to spark and support your teams designs and workflow. Your goal as a coach is to bring design ideas and tools to your teams coaching them through their use application as they create their winning robot. Best of all they will have "Hard Fun" creating and win no matter how many points their robot achieves. Their design and problem solving skill will follow them for the rest of their lives.

Advanced Robotics Programming:

Programming is the process by which the instructions set for your team’s robots are laid out and transferred to your robot. The EV3 programming language is simple and straightforward, allowing a robot to get up and moving quickly. Your team has likely learned the basics by now, but how do they advance their robots functionality? Expanding into using variables, code blocks, and parameters allows for increased efficiency of program design and the reuse of critical code segments. Working with your team to build good programming practices allows them to create robots that achieve more tasks in shorter time frames. We will cover advanced concepts around drive methods, loops, switch cases, variables, and calculations. We will work with expanded examples for “Line Follow”, “Color Selection”, “Ultrasonic Sensor”, as well as the “Gyro Sensor”.

With the fundamentals your team already knows and the advanced topics we will cover, your team will be able to increase their robot’s abilities, achieving more in less time.