With adult Coaches to guide them, FIRST® LEGO® League teams (up to 10 members) apply science, engineering, and math concepts, plus a big dose of imagination, to develop solutions to real-world challenges. They also design, build, and program LEGO MINDSTORMS®-based robots to perform autonomous “missions” on a playing field. Along the way, they develop critical thinking, team-building, and presentation skills.
Trainings and Scrimmages
Fernbank LINKS trains 70 DeKalb County School District middle and elementary school FIRST LEGO League (FLL) teams. The trainings consist of generic skills such as robot design, attachments, and programming. Game specific trainings address judging areas such as Robot Design, Project, Core Values, game strategy, and use of sensors. We also host scrimmages where teams try out their robot on a competition field and have mock interviews with judging panels. This not only prepares the FLL teams, but also trains new volunteers and LINKS members for the FLL tournaments we host. Our trainings and scrimmages are FREE for FLL teams to take advantage of. Fernbank LINKS contracts with DeKalb County School District to host these events, and it is one of our primary sources of funding.
LINKS has hosted FLL tournaments since 2004. In 2015 we helped staff a new DeKalb tournament and hosted a new Atlanta Super Regional Qualifier. Many of our volunteers serve at the FLL Georgia State Championship and the FLL World Festival in St. Louis. This year we are hosting the Fernbank Regional Tournament at Tucker High School on December 10, and the Atlanta Super Regional Tournament.
LEGO Robotics Camp
Students in rising 4th-8th grades are invited to participate in the Fernbank LINKS LEGO Robotics Camp.
Activities are centered around the current FIRST LEGO League Robotics game and will include training in building a robot, strategizing the best way to complete missions, use of sensors, programming, and friendly competition among campers.
This camp is excellent for students who are on FLL teams or those who would like to find out about the FLL competition. It is also excellent for those who just want to learn about robotics and have FUN!
Cost is $300 Per Camper (50% scholarships are available for those who qualify for free or reduced cost lunches. A letter, on school letterhead is required for this scholarship). Space is limited.
Students are responsible for providing their own lunches and snacks.