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FLL 101: FIRST LEGO League Essentials

Congratulations on deciding to embark on a thrilling journey into the world of robotics by joining the FIRST LEGO League (FLL) program. Whether you're a student, a parent, or a coach, starting a rookie FLL team can be both exciting and a little overwhelming. One of the first steps in preparing for the FLL season is to ensure that your team has all the essential supplies and equipment to succeed. Here's a comprehensive guide on everything a rookie team needs to order to get started with FLL


LEGO® Education SPIKE™ Prime Set

The LEGO® Education SPIKE™ Prime Set is the go-to STEAM learning kit. Combining colorful LEGO building elements, easy-to-use hardware, and an intuitive drag-and-drop coding language based on Scratch, the SPIKE Prime STEAM set continuously engages students through playful learning activities to think critically and solve complex problems, regardless of their learning level. From easy-entry projects to limitless creative design possibilities, including the option to explore text-based coding with Python, SPIKE Prime helps students learn the essential STEAM and 21st century skills needed to become the innovative minds of tomorrow... while having fun! Buy here

LEGO® Education SPIKE™ Prime Expansion Set

SPIKE Expansion Set

LEGO® Education SPIKE™ Prime Expansion Set (45681) comes with over 600 LEGO elements, including large wheels, gear racks, a Color Sensor and Large Motor, plus a unique Maker Plate for easy building with your choice of single board computing (SBC) devices. The set also combines with the SPIKE Prime Set (45678) and free SPIKE App to launch students and teachers into the exciting world of robotics competitions, with over 10 hours of curriculum-based, competition-ready learning. Buy here

Robot Competition Table

While not mandatory, having a dedicated table for practicing your robot missions can be immensely helpful. You can build a table to the official specifications or buy one. AndyMark has designed and manufactured a 3-piece table design that can be easily stored and transported while maintaining the robustness found in many DIY plywood designs. This table is suitable for use in the FIRST LEGO League Robot Game. Buy here

FLL Competition Table

Laptop or Tablet: You'll need a laptop or tablet to program your robot using the LEGO SPIKE software. Make sure it meets the system requirements for the software. Download here

Coach / Teacher Resources

LEGO® Education SPIKE™ Prime lesson plans are designed to help students develop the abstract and critical thinking skills they need to solve complex problems. Start here

Storage Solutions: Organizational bins or boxes for storing LEGO pieces, tools, and other supplies can help keep your workspace tidy and make it easier to find what you need.

Starting a rookie FLL team is an exciting endeavor that can lead to unforgettable experiences and lifelong skills. By ensuring that your team is well-equipped with the necessary supplies and equipment, you'll be setting yourselves up for a successful and rewarding season. So, roll up your sleeves, dive into the world of robotics, and get ready to unleash your creativity and innovation with FIRST LEGO League!

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