The Forge Downtown is continuing a series of workshops for parents, teachers, adult volunteers who would like to get involved in coaching or mentoring competitive robotics. We use the FIRST robotics leagues for our competitive programs due to the alignment of their vision and mission. You can read more about FIRST here….

Who: This workshop is for parents//teachers/adults who would like to learn more about becoming a coach of a FIRST LEGO League (FLL) team.

FIRST LEGO League (FLL) (9 to 14 year olds)
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.

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 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, which emphasize discovery, teamwork and good sportsmanship.