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LEGO Robotics at PS11


2017 Lego Robotics Season Starting

Lego Robotics qualifier for 4th and 5th grade on Saturday, February 4, 2017.  See for details.  




PS11's Lego Robotics team WON & will be moving forward to the qualifiers. Join us and cheer for our very own PS 11 Kid-Bots @ Javits Center, March 14th 9am-4pm For event details visit:

What is the FLL and How Do PS11 Students Get Involved:

In early Fall, FLL releases a Challenge, which is based on a real-world scientific topic. Each Challenge has three parts: the Robot Game, the Project (pdf icon Why a Project in a Robotics CompetitionWhy a Project in a Robotics Competition?), and the FLL Core Values. Teams of up to ten children, with one adult coach, participate in the Challenge by programming an autonomous robot to score points on a themed playing field (Robot Game), developing a solution to a problem they have identified (Project), all guided by the FLL Core Values. Teams may then choose to attend an official tournament, hosted by one of our Operational Partners.

Past Challenges have been based on topics such as nanotechnology, climate, quality of life for the handicapped population, and transportation. By designing our Challenges around such topics, participants are exposed to potential career paths within a chosen Challenge topic, in addition to solidifying the STEM principles that naturally come from participating in a robotics program. Team members also learn valuable life and employment skills which will benefit them no matter which career path they choose.

For the school year 2012-13 the challange is Senior Sollutions
Learn about the SENIOR SOLUTIONS SM Challenge!

If all goes according to plan, the teams will finish off with a Mega presentation/ competition /celebration at the New York Javits Center.


The FLL Team has passed the qualifier and will compete in the Jacob Javits Competition 
9am-4:30pm Saturday March 9

And here is the video of the PS 11 Lego Leaders Robotics Team- FLL Senior Solution 2013

An Explanation of the PS11 JrFLL

The Jr. FLL Challenge is based on the same real-world topic as the First LEGO League (FLL) Challenges.  A Jr FLL team is made up of six elementary school students with the requirement that they are under 9 years of age, basically meaning 3rd grade or younger.  Their challenge is met by creating two defined examples of their learning: The Show-Me Poster and The Model.

The Show-Me Poster requires kids to illustrate their research and team journey. It provides an opportunity for them to share what they studied, what they learned, and how they thought to improve the problem they chose. Their creative minds get started working on how to present their information and solution.
The Model portion of the Challenge gets kids’ hands busy. This is where they build a representation of what they are researching (according to the Challenge requirements), incorporating simple machines and movement into their creation. Teams are able to utilize a motor to power movement in their model, or they can move an element of it by hand.

For more info visit Junior FIRST® LEGO League

HISTORY: How FLL Came to PS11:

Each year the theme of the challenge is different. For example take a look here at the topics all the way back to 1998 when they had their very first one.  PS11 has been doing JrFLL since 2008: Climate Connection.  And the full FLL since last year's Snack Attack. The program at PS11 was initiated by a parent, Melinda Marx that was also librarian in another NYC public school.  She saw the FLL program being used in middle school and asked Mr. Bender if we couldn't try the JrFLL here. Mr. Bender enthusiastically supported the idea and brought in Mr. Fier (Computer Teacher) to run the team practices and take each team to the final competition / celebration.  From the beginning parents have really been the base on which this program is built. From donating hand me down LEGO to co-coaching the teams, the LEGO Robotics is still going strong because of this amazing community support.  

PS11 LEGO Robotics Media

Take a look at these You-Tube Videos
posted by PS11 Parent Lisa Gaye
PS11 FLL Senior Solutions Challange
Jr FLL Body Forward Challange
JrFLL Snack Attack Challange 

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Time Commitment

Please understand that if your child joins an FLL Team it will be a serious time committment.
FLL Teams meet after school for a couple of hours and JrFLL meet before school (8am to start of school).  
Also just before competitions weekends and extra days after or before school practices are also likely.