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FIRST LEGO League Junior (FLL Jr.) is a hands on program for students in 1st-3rd grades. The program is composed of two parts: the LEGO Model and the Show Me Poster.

 

Fox Valley Robotics' FLL Jr. program is called LegoWolves. The LegoWolves division runs from September through February. All LegoWolves teams attend the Batavia FLL Jr. Open House hosted by Fox Valley Robotics at Fermilab

Current Season

 
Registration for the 2017-2018 season is closed.
 
Member fee for this division is $110.00.
 
The division is capped at 72 students. Registration will close when the limit is reached, or if it's not reached, it will close on September 3rd to allow time to prepare for the season.
 
For challenge information on the previous and upcoming season, visit the FIRST LEGO League Jr Website. For information on FLL Jr. in Illinois, visit the FIRST Illinois Robotics FLL Jr. Website.

LegoWolves

 
The LegoWolves program is designed for 1st-3rd grade students in the Fox Valley Area. LegoWolves teams build a LEGO model with motorized parts per the current season's challenge and create a Show Me Poster with information on their team, model, and research.
 
 
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Fees and Payments
Fees and Payments
Registration fees can be made by credit card or mail in check.
 
The registration cost includes national team registration, an Illinois Open House, meeting room fees, season t-shirt, team challenge budget, parts and materials replenishment, and the robotics general funds. Misuse or abuse resulting in damaged pieces will be charged for appropriately.

The registration cost does not cover possible field trip costs. We don’t know what the challenge is going to require and we leave field trip decisions until the end of September.
 
Also included in the registration cost is one gift card. These cards can be used at the designated local establishments for discounts. Each card retails for $10.00. If you decide to sell it, the money is yours to keep; this lowers the registration cost by $10.00.
If you want to or can sell more cards, contact us for details.
Cards should be available at the end of September and are good for one year.
 
A limited amount of scholarships are available for those who are in financial need. If a child wants to do robotics, we will make it happen somehow. Contact us for more information
 
All payments are not refundable.
 
FVR reserves the right to refuse a person from participating in a division. Registrants will be offered a full refund if this occurs.
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Team Formation
Team Formation
To join an FVR FLL Jr. team, a student must be registered prior to the first meeting. The season is capped at 72 students between 1st and 3rd grades.
 
Teams within FVR are formed based on the following priorities:
  1. Participant Requests (friends, siblings, previous teammates)
  2. Grade
  3. School
  4. Town
FVR teams are typically between 4 and 6 students. Additional factors taken into consideration are previous experience in LegoWolves and gender.
FVR tends to put rookie members on teams with other rookies members to allow the team members to grow in knowledge and skill together.
Late registrants may be considered depending on current team load.
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Season Schedule
Season Schedule
The FVR LegoWolves season begins in late September or early October.
LegoWolves teams meet three Sunday's a month (one Sunday off) from October-January. Meetings are not held on holiday weekends. The meetings are from 1-3pm at Rotolo Middle School in Batavia.
These Sunday meetings are required for all teams. There are no additional meetings required for LegoWolves.
Sunday meetings are used to cover the challenge and guide teams in creating their model and poster. A season schedule is handed out to participants during the first month.
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Parent Involvement
Parent Involvement
FVR parents are expected to be involved in some way. They are expected to work together to coach the team unless a parent or two decides to step-up and be a coach. Teams cannot be in attendance on Sunday meetings without at least one parent in attendance in addition to a coach. Below are a few of the possible parent involvement scenarios:
  1. One coach with additional involved parents who offer support whether it be helping the team troubleshoot, time management, coordination, planning, or as assistant coaches.
  2. Two coaches where one coach may be a "robot" coach and guide the team in the robot game and technical presentation while the other coordinates the Challenge Project.
  3. Two coaches who share the work equally
  4. More than two coaches who share the work
All LegoWolves materials (schedule, worksheets, model guides, sample poster layouts) are provided to the parents.
FVR coaches are expected to follow these guidelines:
  1. Kids do the work.
  2. Coaches are meant to be guides: help lead students to the answers while never giving them the answer.
  3. Be fair and consistent while mediating team discussions.
  4. Help the team divide work and make sure every voice and contribution is heard.
  5. Push the team to learn new topics, grow as individuals, and grow as a team.
  6. Kids do the work.
Coaches of experienced or older teams are expected to step back and let their students manage themselves within the capabilities of the team. A great coach is one who can help students learn in a fun and engaging way while encouraging them to try new things and push the boundaries of their knowledge base. Great coaches do not have to know how to build a LEGO masterpiece or program it; great coaches help their students break their tasks into manageable pieces. Great coaches help guide their students in effective time management and communication.
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Team Responsibilities
Team Responsibilities
 FVR teams are expected to:
  1. Do the work.
  2. Take mistakes in-stride: they are learning tools, learn from them.
  3. Share the work with your fellow teammates.
  4. Encourage yourself, your teammates, and fellow students.
  5. Help guide your teammates or other teams to answers if they need help.
  6. Push yourselves to learn new ideas and concepts.
  7. Live the FIRST Core Values both in robotics and in your everyday life.
FVR teams are also expected to:
  • Help fellow FVR teams.
  • Be respectful and mindful of our Sunday meetings including discussions, speakers, other teams and your own team.
  • Be responsible: take initiative to clean up your own messes but help others as well, help set-up/clean-up/tear-down the meeting room, and behave well.
  • Be respectful of the equipment and facility including robots and field kits.