FLL – The Project

I want to start out by saying the project portion of FLL is my weakness, I haven’t worked on projects like this since my kids were in middle school, 8 years ago.

Any responses/ideas/thoughts that could help others with the project would be appreciated. Since I am a beginner at this and I’m trying to help everyone, I appreciate others help and others ideas.

Everyone needs to remember that the project is 25% of your overall score. So I want to learn, even though the coaches are dealing with the project portion. I started by reading the Rubrics and the Project FAQs. Then I went to a local FLL workshop put on by a Longtime North Texas FLL Coach, Sherry Oliver at TCU. It was really great and I learn a lot.

The project presentation takes place in front of judges. The kids have 5 minutes to present from the time they enter the door. The judges then have 5 minutes to question the team. For the team, that’s it. The judges will continue to deliberate for 5 minutes before the next team.

One suggestion that came up was a Project notebook, as well as a Robot Build note book, and a Team Notebook (for core values and team work issues).

So what should go in the Project note book.The simple answer is all information that was found while researching the project.

  • Keep the brain storming ideas for the project.
  • Information on the problem.
  • Any information found while researching the project
  • Information on the solution
  • Information on
  • Pictures of the kids meeting with experts
  • Pictures of any field trips
  • Picture of your senior partner
  • Current Technologies that could could be used, made smaller/better/faster to  solve the problem

The project notebook would be given to the project judges to review. But make sure you get it back at the end of the day.

The project needs to be a problem that could possibly lead to a solution. Basically, you need to follow the process of:

  • Find a problem
  • Come up with technologies that could solve the problem
  • Think about technologies that would can be made smaller, better, or faster to solve the problem
  • Think of things that can be done possibly in the next 5 to 50 years.

If the problem has a solution that can be done today, then have plans that could lead to the solution should be presented. Letters to people/groups/businesses asking for change. Plans for items to be created to solve the problem or plans to work with an expert to solve the problem.

Thanks to Sherry Oliver and everyone else who is and will be helping me on my quest for learning about the FLL project.