FLL Robotics Regional Qualifier

General Information

  • This is a day long event: Doors will open at 7:00AM; Opening Ceremonies begin at 8:45AM; First judged session and robot game round will begin at 9:15AM
  • The tournament will be held in Maclellan Gym and Brock Hall on the UTC Campus; the robot game is open for viewing by the public; all judged categories are private sessions limited individual teams and their coaches
  • The physical address of Maclellan Gym is 600 Douglas St, Chattanooga, TN 37403
  • Participants and observers are asked to park in the Lupton Library parking structure and Lot 10 between East Fifth Street and Vine Street surrounding the Engineering, Math & Computer Science Bldg
  • Seating for family members and other observers will be limited to the mezzanine level of Maclellan Gym; a video screen will be used to increase visibility of the robot game
  • There are 34 FLL Robotics Teams competing representing public, private and independent school groups in Hamilton, Bradley and Sequatchie Counties
  • This tournament is named in honor of Ed Chapin, a long time member of the Chattanooga Engineers Club and supporter of robotics in schools across Hamilton County

Support Our Mission

FIRST® LEGO® League introduces young people, ages 9 to 14* (grades 4-8), to the fun and excitement of science and technology.

Teams, composed of up to ten children with at least two (2) screened Lead Coaches, can also be associated with a pre-existing club or organization, homeschooled, or just be a group of friends who wish to do something awesome.

FIRST LEGO League (FLL®) coaches do not need any technical experience. In FLL, the children do the work; like program an autonomous robot (using the LEGO® MINDSTORMS® robot set) to score points on a thematic playing surface, create innovative solutions to a problem, all while being guided by the FLL Core Values. These three elements - the Robot Game, Project, and FLL Core Values - make up what we call our yearly Challenge. Teams also fundraise, create a team identity, and talk to experts in the field.

Teams may attend an official FLL tournament, which is hosted by one of our FIRST LEGO League Partners. FIRST LEGO League Partners run the FLL program in their region or country and are associated with other like-minded organizations to the FIRST  LEGO League mission.

With over 25,000+ teams in approximately 80 countries, FLL is constantly expanding. If you are interested in helping create a formal FLL presence in your area by becoming a FIRST LEGO League Partner, please contact us at fllteams@usfirst.org.

- See more at: http://www.firstlegoleague.org/mission/support#sthash.gqdG9K4A.dpuf

Challenge: Overview and History

In late summer, FIRST LEGO League releases a Challenge, which is based on a real-world scientific topic.

Each Challenge has three parts: the Robot Game, the Project, and the FLL Core Values. Teams of up to ten children, with at least one adult coach (two coaches required in U.S./Canada), 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 FIRST LEGO League Partners.

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.

- See more at: http://www.firstlegoleague.org/challenge/thechallenge#sthash.F2C90niH.dpuf

2015 TRASH TREK Challenge

We’re not talking trash – we’re cleaning it up! In the 2015 FIRST® LEGO League TRASH TREKSM Challenge, more than 233,000 children ages 9 to 16* from over 80 countries will explore the fascinating world of trash. From collection, to sorting, to smart production and reuse, there is more to your trash than meets the eye. Join FIRST LEGO League teams on a Trash Trek to discover the hidden (or not so hidden) world of trash!

- See more at: http://www.firstlegoleague.org/challenge/2015trashtrek#sthash.QHrYVx5t.dpuf