Tomorrow’s innovators practice imaginative thinking and teamwork. Guided by two or more adult Coaches, FIRST LEGO League teams (up to 10 members, grades 4-8) research a real-world problem such as food safety, recycling, energy, etc., and are challenged to develop a solution. They also must design, build, program a robot using LEGO MINDSTORMS®, then compete on a table-top playing field.
Training and Scrimmages
DeKalb County contracts Fernbank LINKS to provide free FIRST LEGO League (FLL) training to all DeKalb county FLL teams, now more than 80 teams. LINKS holds 4 training sessions and 2 scrimmages per year. At training events, teams rotate through various stations and learn about the different aspects of FLL: sensors, game strategies, the judging criteria used, how to program the EV3 robot, etc. At the scrimmage, teams can try out their robot on our field as well as test their presentations at mock interviews and ask questions of the very same judges they will see at the tournament. This not only prepares the FLL teams but also prepares the LINKS team for the two FLL tournaments that we host.
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 at FIRST Championship. We continue to host the Fernbank Regional Tournament, Atlanta Super Regional Tournament, and assist the Chamblee Regional Tournament.
LEGO Robotics Camp
LRC, a summer day-camp for students in rising 4th-8th grade looking to develope or improve their skills in FIRST LEGO League robotics. Over the course of one week, the campers will learn how to design, build, and program an EV3 robot to complete challenges from the real FIRST LEGO League challenge game. At the end of the week, the groups compete in a final tournament to win awards just as if they were in a real competition.