Q: How many teams has LHCS had in the past and when did they meet?

A: In 2014 LHCS had 23 teams. Team meetings were 1 ½ hours long.  Many teams meet before and after school in teacher's classrooms.  Other teams meet before and after school at their coaches home.  Each year the meeting times will depend on what the coaches can schedule.  

Q: Why limit to 4th Graders and above?

A: First Lego League has an age limit of 9 to 14 years old.

Q: How are teams chosen?

The coaches first divide the kids by grade and gender and make teams from those groups.  Then meeting times, whether they are established teams or new teams, and the meeting times availabilty of kids and coaches factors into developing the teams.    

Q: What’s required to be a coach?

A: We cannot have Lego League without parent volunteers to coach the teams. It is not necessary to have an engineering or programming background to coach. It IS necessary to be able to work with about five 9 to 14 year olds and try to keep them on task (makes the engineers degree sound easy, doesn’t it?) There are some great resources for coaches on both the First Lego League and High Tech Kids websites, as well as help and support from some of last year’s coaches.

Q: Where can I find more information?

Learn more about Lego League at:

http://www.firstlegoleague.org/ (the international organization)

http://www.hightechkids.org/ (Minnesota’s organization that puts on the tournaments)

http://www.usfirst.org/  (For Inspiration, Recognition of Science and Technology)

http://www.firstlegoleague.org/challenge/teamresources

Coaching a team: 

http://www.firstlegoleague.org/challenge/teamresources#Preparation

Programming:

http://www.ortop.org/NXT_Tutorial/

http://www.teamhassenplug.org/NXT/NXTGTips/