Launch of the Junior Robogators.....
In October 2017,
NCA launched its very first Jr. Robotic Team for 2nd-4th graders through the Junior First Lego League (Jr. FLL). Since October, we were able to add two more teams thanks to our parent coaches who volunteered to lead a team. If you are interested in coaching a team for the fall of 2018, please email email@example.com
Jr. FLL rules allow 6 students per team. Praying God’s blessings over the
NCA has three Middle School Robogators teams for the 2018-2019 Season: Yellow, Green & Blue. These teams meet for 3 hours, once a week after school, and a regular 3 hour weekend session.
First, we are proud to say that NCA's Robogators 6th-8th grade student teams have been to the Washington
State Championship the past four years (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017) in a row, as well as being
recognized with numerous awards for every aspect of the FIRST LEGO League (FLL) competition
(robot, project and core values!). NCA's teams work to apply LEGO Robotics to the FLL Challenge. In addition to designing robotic solutions to the challenge, FLL requires research and presentation. Part of preparing for the FLL competition is trainingpracticing for the presentation. The teams starts up in September each year in efforts to make the qualifier competition late in the Fall season.
The FIRST LEGO League (FLL) is a spring-board into two High School level divisions (FTC and FRC), where a lot of potential college scholarships are available. NCA has several former Robogators who are on now award-winning high school teams, well on their way to furthering their education in STEM.
Each year the FLL releases a Challenge, which is based on a real-world scientific topic. Each Challenge has three parts: the Robot Game, the Project, and the Core Values. Teams of up to ten children, with at least one adult coach, participate in the Challenge by programming an autonomous robot to score points on a themed playing field (Robot Game), developing a solution to a problem they have identified (Project), all guided by the FLL Core Values. Teams may then attend an official tournament, hosted by our FLL Partners.
The FLL challenges kids in over 80 countries to think like scientists and engineers.
Past Challenges have been based on topics such as nanotechnology, climate, quality of life for the handicapped population, and transportation. By designing our Challenges around such topics, participants are exposed to potential career paths within a chosen Challenge topic, in addition to solidifying the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) principles that naturally come from participating in the program. Team members also learn valuable life and employment skills which will benefit them no matter which career path they choose.
NCA participates in the FLL via FIRST Washington.