FIRST Lego League

City of Firsts FLL Qualifying Tournament

The 3rd Annual City of Firsts FLL Qualifying Tournament was held on November 9th, 2013 at Kokomo High School.

The event was organized by the Kokomo High School’s TechnoKats (FRC team 45) with event volunteers from Western High School’s PantherTech (FRC team 292), Taylor High School’s Robo Titans (FRC team 1760) and Northwestern High School’s CyberTooth (FRC team 3940).

Any questions can be addressed to:  fll@technokats.org

About FIRST Lego League (FLL)

The FIRST LEGO League (FLL) introduces younger students to real-world engineering challenges by building LEGO-based robots to complete tasks on a thematic playing surface. FLL teams, guided by their imaginations and adult coaches, discover exciting career possibilities and, through the process, learn to make positive contributions to society.

Elementary and middle-school students get to:

checkbox red  Design, build, test and program robots using LEGO MINDSTORMS® technology
checkbox red  Apply real-world math and science concepts
checkbox red  Research challenges facing today’s scientists
checkbox red  Learn critical thinking, team-building and presentation skills
checkbox red  Participate in tournaments and celebrations

What FLL teams accomplish is nothing short of amazing. It’s fun. It’s exciting. And the skills they learn will last a lifetime(usfirst.org)

Past Technokats involvement

Tournaments

2011 – The 1st Annual City of Firsts FLL Indiana State Qualifying Tournament was held on November 19th, 2011.  Eleven teams participated in the inaugural event.  The game for this event was called “FOOD FACTOR“.  First place went to SpaceLab One Black (FLL team 72) from Central Middle School in Kokomo.

2012 – The 2nd Annual City of Firsts FLL Tournament was held on November 13th, 2012.  Once again there were eleven teams involved in the event.  The game for this year was called “SENIOR SOLUTIONS“.

2013 – The 3rd Annual City of Firsts FLL Tournament was held on November 9th, 2013.  Teams participating grew to 18 this year.  The game for this year was called “NATURE’S FURY“.  

Awards for this year were:

  • Champion Award – Space Lab One Black
  • Robot Performance – Robo-Raptors
  • Robot Design – Space Lab One Blue
  • Core Values – Steel Eagles
  • Project Award - Cyclone Cyclopes

Four teams advanced to the FIRST Lego League Indiana Championship Tournament.  

  1. Space Lab One Black – Kokomo Central Middle School/Sycamore Elementary School
  2. Robo-raptors – Kokomo Area Schools at Home
  3. Steel Eagles – Zionsville Community Schools
  4. RoboKats – Kokomo Maple Crest Middle School

FLL TableScrimmage

Nov. 4th, 2009 marked the first annual Kokomo FLL Scrimmage hosted by the TechnoKats.  The scrimmage allowed FLL teams to practice robot performance, the research presentation, the teamwork judging, and the technical presentation in a constructive environment.  TechnoKats team members provided on-the-spot feedback and mentoring.  Four Indiana teams attended, with one team sending members to observe.

Sponsorship

The TechnoKats sponsored the creation of one FLL team in 2009.  The team funded the NXT robot kit and constructed the FLL table on the right.

Mentoring

Multiple past and present students spend time mentoring local FLL teams. Many FLL students go on to become TechnoKats members once in high school.