FLL & VEX IQ
Interested in becoming a part of
TSMS Robotics Team ?
Students (Ages 9-11) may apply.
March 30th thru April 4th
Tomorrow’s innovators practice imaginative thinking and teamwork. Guided by two or more adult Coaches, FIRST LEGO League* teams (up to 10 members) 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.
It all adds up to tons of fun while they learn to apply science, technology, engineering, and math concepts (STEM), plus a big dose of imagination, to solve a problem. Along their discovery journey, they develop critical thinking and team-building skills, basic STEM applications, and even presentation skills, as they must present their solutions with a dash of creativity to judges. They also practice the Program’s Core Values. FLL Competition Each year FIRST LEGO League releases a Challenge, which is based on a real-world scientific topic.
Each Challenge has three parts: the Robot Game, the Project, and the Core Values. Teams of up to ten children, with at least one adult coach, participate in the Challenge by programming an autonomous robot to score points on a themed playing field (Robot Game), developing a solution to a problem they have identified (Project), all guided by the FIRST LEGO League Core Values. Teams may then attend an official tournament, hosted by our FIRST LEGO League Partners.
Past Challenges have been based on topics such as nanotechnology, climate, quality of life for the handicapped population, and transportation. By designing our Challenges around such topics, participants are exposed to potential career paths within a chosen Challenge topic, in addition to solidifying the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) principles that naturally come from participating in the program. Team members also learn valuable life and employment skills which will benefit them no matter which career path they choose.
What is VEX IQ?
In the VEX IQ Competition teams of students are tasked with designing and building a robot to play with other teams in a game-based engineering challenge. Classroom STEM concepts are put to the test as students learn lifelong skills in teamwork, leadership, communications, and more.
VEX Robotics hosts the world’s largest robotics competition for students all over the world to compete against one another using a robot of their own design. In the VEX IQ Competition, classroom STEM concepts are put to the test as students learn lifelong skills in teamwork, leadership, communications, and more. Tournaments to determine the best teams are held year-round at the regional, state, and national levels and culminate at the VEX Robotics World Championship each April.
Tryout Date: Thursday April 6th, 2023 2 - 4pm
Location: Media Center
- Students will be called from their classrooms if needed.
- Parents will not be allowed during tryouts.
- Students will be dismissed at 4PM or earlier whenever they finish.
Must be completed before day of tryout:
Tryouts (1 hour):
There are three components to the FLL competition. In order to expose the students to a similar environment, our tryouts will consist of three components as well.
Part 1: Building and/or Programming Challenge (30 minutes)
Participants will be given 30 minutes to work with a partner or group of 2 or more other participants. Participants will be constructing an attachment for an EV3 robot. Each group will be given a challenge and will have to execute the challenge within 30 minutes.
Participants do not have to have experience with the EV3 robot to tryout. This is a fun activity that exposes the participants to the robot we will be working with during competition season.
Part 2: Team Building Activity (20 minutes)
Participants will be placed in groups of 3 or more. Each group will be given a challenge that will demonstrate how well they work with others.
Part 3: Project Presentation (1 - 3 minutes)
Participants will be asked to give a short speech about themselves.
- Make eye contact with your audience
- Speak clearly
- Pace yourself (Don't speak too fast)
A rubric will be used to assess applicants during tryouts.
Results will remain confidential and not released to parents.