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FLL AUSTRALIA HELP DESK
Assistance provided by Team Project Bucephalus
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JACK'S JUDGEMENTS
A listing of official formal rulings made by the Australian Head Referee, Jack Aakhus that will apply to Australian teams.
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2018 Season & Registration

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN VIA THIS LINK:
**Please read FAQs below BEFORE proceeding**
INTO ORBIT Registration Portal  - Australian Teams Only

Important Notes/Updates:
FAQs & Updates for Australia 17.8.18

Full Into Orbit Challenge Resource Library


Changes to Registration:  Have you registered via the official system and require a change of regional?  Adding additional teams?  Adding another kit?  Change of coaches address?  Change or addition of team name?  You must complete this form (no email submissions will be accepted):  CLICK HERE


2018 National Championship
Macquarie University, Sydney, NSW

8 - 9 December 2018
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PARKING PERMIT FLL National Championship

2018 Qualifying Events List - Regionals to State events:
2018 Into Orbit Qualifying Events

Event Contacts:  2018 FLL Event Contacts Australia Update 18.7.18


  • Challenge Launch:  1 August 2018
  • If you are not already a member of the FLL Coaches & Mentors FIRST Australia email list, please click on the BIG ROBOT GRAPHIC bove to submit your contact details.
  • NEW FOR 2018!  Australia has reached the growth point for tournament expansion, following the FIRST model.  The levels of competition will now be:  local regional tournament, state competition, and national championship.  Regional tournaments will take place in early to mid November, state competitions will be in late November and the national championship will be held at Macquarie University on 8 - 9 December 2018.  Please PDF above under "2018 Qualifying Events" for a Regional qualifier near you!

All challenge related materials will be available via:

FIRST LEGO League Official Site

 


Resources

For Schools:  FLL Australian Curriculum Guide (PDF)


For ALL FIRST Australia events, each participant including students and coaches must download, complete & submit on tournament day:

NSW ONLY - In addition to the FIRST Consent form, all NSW FIRST Events participants including students and coaches must download, complete & submit on tournament day:

**For teams located outside of NSW, please contact the regional tournament director to for any additional FORMS. **

In Australia, there are two LEGO® Education retailers for LEGO® Mindstorms EV3 Kits:


Fundraising!

For teams that anticipate advancing in the competition, please begin preparing in advance.  Part of participating in FIRST is innovation & entrepreneurship!  Begin brainstorming now and implement fundraising strategies prior to the season beginning and don't be caught off guard by travel costs.  If your team advances to the state level, it may require overnight accommodation - so be prepared!  If your team advances to the National Championship in Sydney, it will likely require travel (airfare) & accommodation for any team members, coaches or family travelling - so BE PREPARED!

Even if you think you're team doesn't have a chance of advancing - THINK AGAIN!  There have been MANY Australian teams who qualified to advance and were caught completely by surprise.  Have faith in your team and abilities - you never know, you might be headed to the national championship or better yet - the World Championship!  The better you financially prepare your team in advance - the less stress at the last minute to find funding.

Even if you find that the team doesn't advance this time around, any money raised can stay in your team's "savings bucket" until next year - and that's less money to raise the next go round.

There are lots of ways to fund raise - including securing sponsors from your region.  Reach out to local business and companies, let them know what amazing STEM projects you are doing and let them know how they can support.  Don't be afraid to ask!

Another fantastic resource are the veteran teams in Australia (and internationally) and you can reach out to other Aussie teams via the HelpDesk (link near top of side bar) and ask other teams to share their strategies for fundraising.  This sharing of ideas and inspiration is at the core of COOPERTITION at FIRST!

 

Explore living in and traveling through space!

Gather your crew and get ready to explore, challenge and innovate in the demanding and inspiring expanse we call space!

The 2018/19 FIRST® LEGO® League Season requires you to work together to break out of your earthly constraints. Do you have what it takes to go INTO ORBITSM?

FIRST® LEGO® League challenges children ages 9 to 16 to think like scientists and engineers. During the 2018/19 INTO ORBITSM Season, teams will choose and solve a real-world problem in the Project. They will also build, test, and program an autonomous robot using LEGO® MINDSTORMS technology to solve a set of missions in the Robot Game. Throughout their experience, teams will operate under Core Values celebrating discovery, teamwork, and Gracious Professionalism®.

From August 1st, 2018 the detailed challenge missions will be published. Ready to register a team?  Please see link details on the left-hand sidebar of this page!   

  • Into Orbit Coaches' Handbook - New this season? Here is a guide of what to expect.
  • Each team may attend ONLY ONE qualifying regional tournament each season.
  • Teams will advance from regional qualifiers to state competitions around Australia & advance from there to the National Championship in December 2018.  Up to 70 teams will be invited to attend the National Championships.
  • The top teams to advance from the Australian National Championship 2018 will receive invitations to compete internationally, including exclusive invites to the World Championships in the USA in 2019.
  • FIRST Steps - Also recommended for new coaches, these online modules will help you plan activities for your meetings. Request access here.
  • 2018:  There will no refunds for registration & game kits.  This includes teams who are unable to attend a regional for which they've registered.  FIRST Australia will not be responsible for waiving/refunding registration fees to teams who miss their assigned regional for any reason.
  • Invoices will be issued to schools between September - December 2018.
Registering a team for the 2018 FIRST® LEGO® League season (in Australia) incurs the following fees:
  •  AUD$400 for one team with one game kit + shipping
  •  AUD$475 for two teams sharing one game kit + shipping
  • AUD$800 for two teams with two game kits + shipping

FIRST® LEGO® League is a competition catering for upper-primary and lower-secondary school students. Every year, teams of up to 10 students build, program and compete with a robot, while also learning about a modern problem in science and engineering and developing solutions for it.  The entire competition for the year is based around one of these themes: Past themes include natural disasters, senior citizens, food health & safety, climate change, medical science, and nanotechnology.  Tournaments are run with the feel of a sporting event, and teams compete like crazy while having the time of their lives.  What FIRST® LEGO® League  teams accomplish is nothing short of amazing. Its fun. Its exciting. And the skills they learn will last a lifetime.
FIRST® LEGO® League is a multi-part competition judged on three important elements:

1. Robot

Teams design, build and program a LEGO® robot to complete a series of challenges. The robot has to operate on pre-programmed instructions, and complete as many tasks as possible in only 2 minutes and 30 seconds. The challenge changes every year, and is always based on the years central theme. The 2013 game, Natures Fury, was based on natural disasters and robots had to clear branches of power lines, raise flood warning signs, and more. Teams compete on adjacent tables to score as many points as possible, and a number of awards are given for robot performance, programming innovation and clever design.

2. Project

Every year, teams study the years theme and develop solutions to problems theyve identified in society. Through the project, teams learn more about the competition theme and present their ideas to a panel of judges. Working on the project teaches students to research, think critically, work as a team and speak publicly. The project shows students they have the power to change the world, as teams can share successful ideas with their community, their school, their families, even all of Australia and the world. The international FIRST® LEGO® League Global Innovation Award provides teams with a way to share their solution with the entire global FIRST community.

3. Core Values

Throughout the competition, teams are judged on their adherence to the FIRST® LEGO® League core values, including teamwork, Coopertition®, and Gracious Professionalism®. This aspect of FIRST® LEGO® League is designed to develop the students of today into the responsible citizens of tomorrow. Good examples of Core Values are observed and recognised with awards and trophies. Through this celebration of good qualities, FIRST® LEGO® League seeks to make students into better competitors, citizens, problem-solvers and engineers.


Requirements and Cost

FIRST® LEGO® League is an incredibly rewarding program for young students, and teams can come from schools, social groups, community groups, homes, church groups, etc.

If you want to start a team, there are a few things you'll need:

  • A dedicated adult coach
  • A LEGO Education Mindstorms EV3 or NXT Robot Kit
  • A FIRST LEGO League Game Kit (new themed game kit each year with registration)
  • A place to meet to work on building robots, practicing games and working on the project.
*Please note that the LEGO Mindstorms Robotics Kit is not a part of the yearly FIRST LEGO League game kit and must be purchased separately from an authorized retailer.  You will receive your game kit(s) from FIRST Australia.   
Registering a team for the current FIRST® LEGO® League season (in Australia) incurs the following fees:
  •  AUD$400 for one team with one game kit + shipping
  •  AUD$475 for two teams sharing one game kit + shipping
  • AUD$800 for two teams with two game kits + shipping
This registration cost includes a competition challenge set for the team to practice with, and the right to compete at a regional qualifying tournament.  There are no further registration fees for teams to compete at the state and national level.  Teams will, however, incur further registration costs to compete outside of Australia for World Championships and other International Off-Season events.

Levels/Progression of Competition

  • Each year the new game is released in August, worldwide.
  • Regional qualifying tournaments are held in early November.
  • Teams who advance to state competitions will compete mid-late November.
  • Teams who perform well in their state competitions will qualify to compete at the Australian National Championship in December, at which they may qualify further to compete at an international event, representing Australia.
  FLL Australian Competition Levels:
  • Regional Qualifying Tournaments (Early November)
  • State Competitions (Mid to Late November)
  • National Championship (Early December)
  • World Championships (held in the US every April following the Nov/Dec FLL Season, Australian teams qualify at the national level for invitations)
  • International Events (off-season events, Australian teams qualify at the national level for invitations)

Practice Kits

FIRST LEGO League practice kits from previous seasons are available (may pick up in person from Macquarie University or pay for TNT shipping).   These kits are useful between seasons for new teams who would like to learn the game and develop robot strategies before the new season is released (generally in August of each year).   If you would like to purchase a previous season's game kit, please complete this online form:

CLICK HERE TO ORDER

The following kits are currently available:
  • 2016 FLL ANIMAL ALLIES ($200 each + shipping)
  • 2017 FLL HYDRO DYNAMICS ($200 each + shipping)
  • 2016 Creature Craze Junior Inspire Kits ($20 each + shipping)
  • 2017 Aqua Adventure Junior Inspire Kits ($20 each + shipping)

FLL Practice kit contains the competition table mat and all of the LEGO individually bagged and numbered to build the mission models.  FLL Junior Inspire kit contains LEGO parts only, used in the building of the models.  Competition mats are not used in FLL Junior.  

CLICK HERE to access & download the mission model building instructions for 2016 Animal Allies FLL kits.

CLICK HERE for 2016 Junior Creature Craze build instructions.

CLICK HERE for 2017 FLL Hydro Dynamics build instructions.    

CLICK HERE for 2017 Junior Aqua Adventure build instructions.   


FIRST LEGO League Regional Tournament Contacts

2018 FLL Australian Event Contacts
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