FIRST Lego League Explore
The Westfield High School FIRST Robotics Competition team started, supports and mentors three FIRST LEGO League (FLL) Explore teams for Westfield-Washington Township Elementary School students in 1st - 3rd grade (ages 6-10).
What is FIRST LEGO League Explore?
It's never too early to discover STEM. FIRST LEGO League Explore is designed to introduce STEM concepts to kids ages 6 to 10 while exciting them through a brand they know and love − LEGO®
Guided by adult coaches and FIRST® Core Values, students build models using LEGO® Education WeDo 2.0 and create Show Me posters to present what they learned. The program focuses on building interest in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) through a real-world challenge – to be solved by research, critical thinking, and imagination.
Learn more here!
When will the Westfield Washington FLL Explore Teams meet?
The team will have ~10 official meetings between January 23rd - March 27th with an end of the season celecration on a TBD date. Meeting dates will be Saturdays from 10-11:30am on Zoom.
What does it cost to join the FLL Explore Teams?
The teams will be mentored by the high school students on the Westfield High School FRC Team, SHAM-ROCK-BOTICS, along with the professionals that volunteer with the high school robotics team.
In order to participate on the team, each elementary school student must pay $25 to cover the cost of a team t-shirt and other supplies. Students with parents who volunteer to act as coaches and attend the team meetings will have a first priority to join the team. After that, participation on the team will be on a first-come first-serve basis.
What is SHAM-ROCK-BOTICS?
SHAM-ROCK-BOTICS is creating a tight-knit community of passionate problem solvers that will graduate from high school ready to take on the world! We do this through hands-on training, community outreach, and intense competitions. As a FIRST Robotics Competition Team, FRC 6956 is based out of Westfield High School. Starting in January, students have six to eight weeks to design, build, and program a 5ft tall, 120 lb robot before competition. Over the “build season” students are hands-on as they learn about trade offs (speed vs. weight), how to CAD parts for the robot, basic tool and machining use, problem-solving, sensor uses, wiring, pneumatics, and programming.
At competitions the high school students have a short turnaround time between matches meaning they have to solve problems on the fly, make decisions about what should be fixed now vs. later, and learn to manage their adrenaline during those intense times. During a match, the team joins an alliance with two partners to compete head-to-head, 3 vs. 3, over a 2 minutes & 30 seconds period. Students learn to work as a team to score as many points as possible, developing valuable communication, teamwork, and leadership skills in the process.
Working side-by-side professional engineers, business professionals, and teachers, students are able to see how their experiences on an FRC team translates to a future career in engineering, programming, business, teaching, and many other professional career paths. The high school students are developing their own mentoring skills by working with the FIRST LEGO League Explore program and mentoring the elementary school students.
Where can I direct questions?
If you have any questions please reach out to shamrockbotics+FLLJR@gmail.com!