Our FIRST LEGO League (FLL) team was first established in 2006. We typically have four to six members on our team, ages 9-14. 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.
During the main season we meet at least two times a week (with lots of homework in between) to design, build and program our competition robot, as well as prepare our research presentation. Parent involvement and support is required.
In competition, we have 2.5 minutes to autonomously complete as many of the missions as possible on a 4′ x 8′ field table with our LEGO Mindstorms robot. Each mission is based on the year’s theme, so each year students learn about a different “real-life problem.” We also have a five minute research presentation, along with a five minute technical interview. Amazingly enough we spend hundreds of hours preparing for these few short minutes, but it’s lots of fun and we learn a lot!
As much as FLL teams are about building, programming and research it 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 us for more information about joining one of our FLL Teams.
Joining Our Teams
We currently operate the following FIRST LEGO League teams:
- Team 105 W.A.F.F.L.E.S.
- Team 37641 W.A.F.F.L.E.S. TOO
We charge $250 for a spot on our teams. This goes towards teams 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!
Our teams will 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 effictively send reminders and communicate about team meetings and events.