FIRST Lego League by FIRST is a tech and robotics competition focusing on teaching young students about the fundamentals and basics of robotics. Cupertino High School hosts a FLL program open to grades 6th through 8th, providing the opportunity to learn and explore. Cupertino High hosts 4 FLL teams, one new to the 2019-20 season, consisting of approximately 9 students each, to tackle a challenge. In these teams, students will learn how to use LEGO MINDSTORMS to code and build their autonomous robots. Throughout the season, teammates will work to develop a Project, a Robot, and their Core Values. Cupertino High hosts a FLL Tournament every year, where schools from all around the area come to compete and learn from each other. The double tournament is followed consecutively by more tournaments up to the Open Championships, where teams will compete from others around the world. Each year has been fun and a great learning experience for the students in the teams, and the interest in robotics and stem will only continue to rise.
Cupertino High School Robotics conducted a three-day workshop for 5 hours each, to teach middle school children from around the Bay Area about lego robotics. Each session was split into four hour-long stations, each one focusing on a different aspect of FLL — hardware, software, project, and team. The workshop ended with a mini competition on the last day, with FRC mentors and alumni as judges.
The workshop was planned around Animal Allies — the FLL competition from the previous season — and the goal was to have each team create and code a robot that could complete the shark mission, as well as a project pertaining to an environmental problem affecting animals. There were also a few additional challenges added to the mix, including creating a small robot and programming it to climb a ramp. By the end of the workshop, all of the children had learned the basic parts that make up an FLL team, and at the same time, had developed lifelong team skills.
FLL Summer Workshops Kids got to learn the basics of FLL hardware and software as well as bond with each other over the course of these workshops