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FIRST LEGO League Coach Connect Workshop 2013

CAITE, FIRST, LEGO, Girls Inc. Holyoke, MGHPCC

Tuesday, August 6, 2013 from 8:45 AM to 2:30 PM (EDT)

FIRST LEGO League Coach Connect Workshop 2013

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FIRST LEGO League Coach Connect Workshop

Tuesday, August 6, 2013
8:45 am - 2:30 pm

Workshop hosted by CAITE

Workshop leader:

Karen Sullivan, FIRST consultant

Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center
100 Bigelow Street, Holyoke MA

Join educators, parents, and leaders of youth-serving organizations who want to organize and coach teams for FIRST LEGO League, a robotics program for 9-14 year olds. Workshop participants will be eligible to apply for one of a limited number of "grants" of LEGO Mindstorms NXT robot kits. Application information will be provided at the workshop.

What is FIRST LEGO League?

FIRST LEGO League is a robotics program for 9 to 14 year olds, designed to get children excited about science and technology -- and teach them valuable employment and life skills. FLL can be used in a classroom setting but is not solely designed for this purpose. Teams, composed of up to ten children with at least one adult coach, 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.

Contrary to popular belief, our coaches DO NOT need any technical experience. In FLL, the children do the work! And the work is programming an autonomous robot (using the LEGO® MINDSTORMS® robot set) to score points on a thematic playing surface, create an innovative solution to a problem as part of their project, all while 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. Like any other organized “sport”, teams also fundraise, create a team identity, and go on field trips. 

What will be covered during the workshop? 

  • Robot building
  • What is FLL and how to start a team
  • Programming and game intro
  • Lunch and discussion
  • Teams program robots, test on playing field
  • Show off robots
  • Discuss specifics

 Who should attend?

Parents, educators, leaders of youth groups, college students--anyone who is interested in coaching an FLL team now or in the future, or using FLL with youth. This workshop is not intended for students or those who attended a Coach training last year. 

Space is limited. Advance Registration Required by July 23.


Free, lunch provided. Note on your registration form if you require a certificate of completion.

Laptops that support LEGO Mindstorms NXT, robot kits, will be provided for the day.

Free onsite parking available. Location information here:

More about FIRST LEGO League:

Have questions about FIRST LEGO League Coach Connect Workshop 2013? Contact CAITE, FIRST, LEGO, Girls Inc. Holyoke, MGHPCC

When & Where

Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center
100 Bigelow St
Holyoke, MA 01040

Tuesday, August 6, 2013 from 8:45 AM to 2:30 PM (EDT)

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CAITE, FIRST, LEGO, Girls Inc. Holyoke, MGHPCC


CAITE works to broaden participation in IT education in Massachusetts. Funded by the National Science Foundation, CAITE is led by UMass Amherst in partnership with BATEC, CITI, and 15 higher education institutions across Massachusetts. For more information on CAITE, see


ECEP is a national alliance to facilitate state-level computing education reforms. ECEP builds on years of work by CAITE and Georgia Computes! ECEP will support other states in improving and broadening the computing education pathways. More information at



 Vision: "To transform our culture by creating a world where science and technology are celebrated and where young people dream of becoming science and technology leaders." -Dean Kamen, Founder

Mission: Our mission is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering, and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership.

For more information, visit here.


Girls Incorporated of Holyoke

At Girls Incorporated of Holyoke our mission is to inspire all girls to be strong, smart, and bold by providing them the opportunity to develop and achieve their full potential! We help girls ages 5-18 overcome economic, social, and gender barriers to growing up healthy, educated, and independent by providing life-changing programs and experiences. Girls are at the center of everything we do; our priority is listening to girls, responding to their needs and providing them with the opportunity to make positive change in both their community and in their own lives. With the Girls' Bill of Rights as the philosophical framework in which to design our programs, we offer programs and services that are unquestionably transformative for girls and young women.

For more information, visit here.  


LEGO Education

We believe optimal learning occurs when children get the opportunity to explore the world on their own, but in a guided environment. When children actively construct things in the physical world, it helps them greatly to build knowledge. This new knowledge enables them to create ever more sophisticated solutions, yielding more skills, more knowledge, and more challenges in a self-reinforcing cycle. 

Students who create their own solutions to problems experience the thrill of genuine achievement - an experience altogether different from simply memorising the achievements of others. This makes learning an adventure. The more empowered children feel, the more they enjoy their classes, and the more they begin to take charge of their own learning process. 
For more information, visit here.

MGHPCC (Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center) is a data center dedicated to research computing. It is operated by five of the most research-intensive universities in Massachusetts: Boston University, Harvard University, MIT, Northeastern University, and the University of Massachusetts. It serves the growing research computing needs of the five founding universities as well as other research institutions. More information here.

Sponsored by Exploring Computing Education Pathways (ECEP), an NSF CISE Broadening Participation in Computing Alliance. This material is based on works supported by the National Science Foundation under Grants CNS 1228355. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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