FIRST LEGO League: The Unofficial Guide

FIRST LEGO League: The Unofficial Guide

by James Floyd Kelly, Jonathan Daudelin


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FIRST LEGO® League (FLL) is an international program for kids ages 9 to 14 that combines a hands-on, interactive robotics program and research presentation with a sports-like atmosphere. Authors James Floyd Kelly and Jonathan Daudelin—both participants in numerous FIRST LEGO League competitions—have teamed up to bring coaches, teachers, parents, and students an all-in-one guide to FLL.

Written for both rookie and experienced teams, FIRST LEGO League: The Unofficial Guide includes in-depth coverage of topics like team formation and organization, robot building and programming, and the basics of getting involved with FLL. Before the authors delve into the specifics of robot and team building, they reveal the fascinating history of the FIRST organization and the sometimes puzzling structure of the FLL competition. Using a combination of real-life stories and candid commentary from actual FLL teams, as well as recollections of their own experiences, they offer an abundance of helpful guidance and dependable building and programming examples.

FIRST LEGO League: The Unofficial Guide explores the complex workings and structure of the FLL competition, including its four key components: Robot Game, Technical Interview, Project, and Teamwork. You’ll learn how to:
–Organize, recruit, and manage a team
–Find equipment, mentors, and funding
–Design, build, and program winning robots
–Tackle each of the four FLL components—from Robot Game to Teamwork
–Use strategies and techniques from FLL masters to increase your scores

No matter what your role in the FLL competition, FIRST LEGO League: The Unofficial Guide will make you a better competitor, builder, designer, and team member. The only ingredient you need to add is your competitive spirit!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781593271855
Publisher: No Starch Press
Publication date: 10/28/2008
Pages: 264
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

James Floyd Kelly has participated in numerous FLL tournaments as both a referee and a technical judge. In 2006, he founded The NXT Step Blog (, widely considered the top LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT resource on the Web.
Jonathan Daudelin has been competing in FLL since age 13. In 2007, his team won the First Place Robot Performance and First Place Innovative Robot awards at the World Festival after their robot achieved perfect scores in all three rounds.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: What is FIRST LEGO League?
Chapter 2: How FLL Works
Chapter 3: Guidelines and Rules
Chapter 4: Finding Equipment, Mentors, and Funding
Chapter 5: Starting or Building a Team
Chapter 6: Managing Your Team
Chapter 7: The Team Experience
Chapter 8: Coaching a Team
Chapter 9: NXT vs. RIS
Chapter 10: Basic Building
Chapter 11: Building Techniques for the Robot Game
Chapter 12: Sensors
Chapter 13: Getting Organized for Programming
Chapter 14: NXT-G Programming Concepts
Chapter 15: The Project
Chapter 16: Tournaments and Beyond
About the Authors

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First LEGO League: The Unofficial Guide 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book!!!!!!!!!!!!
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DragonflyladyCJ More than 1 year ago
As a perspective coach this book was indespensible in helping me figure out what the FLL (First Lego League) was all about. It clearly describes what hardware is required, challanges might include, the tournament organization, and what to expect. It even offers examples of how to assemble a team, what a donation request letter may look like, and how to prepare for competition. Cost is broken down and the author even explains the difference between purchasing the official Educational NXT set and using a toy store version NXT and what pieces are needed to get the retail version 'up to par' with the official kit. Easy to read, well organized, this book is great resource for anyone wanting information about a Mindstorm Lego team.