FIRST LEGO League (FLL) teams are guided by adult coaches to research a real-world problem and develop a solution to that problem. They must also design, build and program a robot using LEGO Mindstorms technology to compete on a tabletop playing field. Our team will travel to at least one FLL competition (ideally in the Kansas City area). The students will be judged based on the team's konowledge and practice of FIRST's Core Values, the quality of their research project and solution (presentation creativity and quality count), their robot design and implementation, and their robot's performance on the playing field.
Here's the 2016-17 FLL Astromechs at competition.
The Astromechs are a community-based set of teams sponsored in part by the Kansas City Robotics Foundation. The Astromechs FLL team accepts both public-schooled and home-schooled students between the ages of 9 and 15 (must not be 15 before 1 Jan 2017 to participate this year). We are only able to accept up to 10 team members total on to the team for a given season (league rules). And year over year we only have a few open slots available. The Kansas City Robotics Foundation sponsors our meeting facility at N2Robotics LLC located at the Village at Burlington Creek near Parkville. The Kansas City Robotics Foundation also underwrites much of the equipment we use to create and program LEGO Mindstorms robots. All other expenses for the team (team registration, game field components, competition registration, snacks, presentation materials, competition swag, etc.) are covered through membership dues and member fundraising.