About the Program
Our FIRST LEGO League Challenge (formerly FIRST LEGO League) team for ages 9-14 was first established in 2006. We usually have four to six members on our teams. Our core team name, W.A.F.F.L.E.S., is an acronym for “Wild About Family & Friends Learning Engineering & Science” and we think we live up to our name! We organize between two and four teams each year.
In FIRST LEGO League Challenge, a new game and theme is released in August each year. Teams are presented with a real-world problem and a 4’x8′ “field table” with a variety of LEGO models representing missions that relates to the year’s theme. Teams design, build, and program a LEGO Mindstorms robot to complete as many missions as possible in a short 2.5 minute period. They also research the theme for the season to develop an innovative solution to the real-world problem and prepare a presentation to share with a panel of judges at the Festival-Qualifier.
As much as teams are about building, programming, and research, the program encompasses so much more. Teams learn about time-management, teamwork, self-confidence, leadership, and core values such as integrity, good sportsmanship, and sharing with the community.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about joining one of our FIRST LEGO League Challenge Teams!
- Research a real-world challenges facing today’s scientists
- Build, test and program a LEGO robot of their own design
- Apply real-world math and science concepts
- Develop skills for critical thinking, teamwork, organization, presentation, and much more
- Participate in tournaments with other area teams
- Make friends on the team and work with mentors from our older programs
Eastern Ontario Provincial Championship
Joining Our Teams
We currently operate the following FIRST LEGO League Challenge teams:
- Team 105 W.A.F.F.L.E.S.
- Team 37641 Last W.A.F.F.L.E.S. Standing
- Team 45981 Wiffle W.A.F.F.L.E.S.
- Team 45982 Operation W.A.F.F.L.E.S.: Mission 45982
The registration fee is $250 for a spot on one of our teams. This goes towards team registration fees, tournament registration, field elements and a competition table, LEGO kits, and a t-shirt for your child. W.A.F.F.L.E.S. Community Robotics is not-for-profit organization and is volunteer-run; we do our best to make our programs affordable and accessible to everyone!
During the season, our teams usually meet twice a week, and each team will have its own meeting schedule based on the availability of its members. Meetings are scheduled in our public Google calendar, which is visible at the bottom of the webpage and can be added here.
The W.A.F.F.L.E.S. is volunteer-led, and because of this we require parents to be involved with their child’s team, working alongside our volunteer mentors. There are many ways that parents can help our the team – if you’re unsure, let us know!
All of our programs communicate using a platform called Slack, which is commonly used in workplaces. Parents will receive an invitation to join Slack upon registration so that we can effectively send reminders and communicate about team meetings and events.