FLL and FLL Jr. introduce younger students to real-world engineering challenges through LEGO robotics. FLL teams, guided by their imaginations and adult coaches, discover exciting career possibilities and, through the process, learn to make positive contributions to society.
There are two robotic programs for elementary school students. FIRST LEGO League (FLL), for 4th through 8th graders (9-14 years old) and FIRST LEGO League Junior(FLLJr.), for K through 3rd grade students (6-9 years old. You can obtain information about both programs at the following website: www.firstinspires.org. Just follow these links: “FLL” or “FLLJr.”, and “Start a Team”. It will give you information about the program and the steps to start a team. Most teams are school based, but there are home school, organizational, community and neighborhood teams as well. All types of teams are welcome to join and participate.
Teams are structured in a variety of different ways; some are clubs or after-school programs that meet year-round, while others are formed by parents, community organizations, or youth groups. For this and other reasons, we do not match individual children with pre-existing teams. Also, for privacy reasons, we are not able to share lists of team contact information.
There are 2 regions for FLL and FLLjr. in the state of New Jersey. Each region is supervised separately and teams CANNOT cross regions to participate in events. Route 195 is roughly the demarcation line between the North and South regions.
In the North region, there are practice events that will be held in the early part of November. The Qualifying events will be held on the weekend before Thanksgiving, with the winners advancing to the Regional Championship which is a 2 day event that will be held 3 weeks after the Qualifiers.
There will be enough spaces in the qualifying events to handle all registered teams. Registration is now open for the North NJ Region and this will close once we have reached the limit if Qualifying event capacity. This typically occurs at the beginning of October each year. Registration for both practice and qualifying events will be held starting in early October. Exact dates will be sent to all registered teams in the fall. There will NOT be enough space in a practice event for all teams at this time. Registration for the practice events will be on a first come first serve basis, with priority being given to rookie teams.The registration process will allow teams to select two events to attend. As events fill up, they will be taken off the list as a possible selection. Usually teams will be able to attend their first choice, however there might be the possibility that an event fills up as multiple teams are selecting it at the same time and in this case the team's second choice will be used.
The BIG news in the region this year is that there will not be a field kit in the Robot Design judging rooms. This was piloted in this past year's World Festivals in Houston and Detroit. It proved very successful. and should avoid the issues in the past where teams were concerned when a robot mission did not go as planned. The purpose of this judging is so that teams can explain how and why their robot was built and programmed, not to show the judges how their missions worked. This is what the Robot Game is designed to do. Select the link in the left menu to download the document which will assist team in being prepared for this new judging process.