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FIRST LEGO League Coach Training Workshop II

CAITE/ECEP, FIRST, Girls Incoporated of Holyoke, LEGO Education, and UMass Amherst School of Computer Science

Tuesday, August 7, 2012 from 9:30 AM to 2:30 PM (EDT)

FIRST LEGO League Coach Training Workshop II

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FIRST LEGO League Coach Training Workshop II

Tuesday, August 7, 2012
9:30 am - 2:30 pm

Workshop hosted by CAITE

Workshop leader:

Karen Sullivan, FIRST consultant

Girls Incorporated of Holyoke
6 Open Square Way, 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.

What is FIRST LEGO League?

The best way to summarize FIRST LEGO League is to say that it is a robotics program for 9 to 14 year olds, which is 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
  • Chat about FLL generally
  • 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.

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.

Parking will be available in front of the building with additional space in the lower lot.

More about FIRST LEGO League:

When & Where

Girls Incorporated of Holyoke, 6 Open Square Way

Holyoke, MA 01040

Tuesday, August 7, 2012 from 9:30 AM to 2:30 PM (EDT)

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CAITE/ECEP, FIRST, Girls Incoporated of Holyoke, LEGO Education, and UMass Amherst School of Computer Science

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.


UMass Amherst School of Computer Science

The school is distinguished by its unique culture of collaboration that enhances both research and teaching. Faculty members consistently work together across traditional boundaries between specialties within of Computer Science, and graduate students are required to explore a research problem bridging two distinct areas of computer science in completion of their qualifying exam. The School of Computer Science, which is part of the College of Natural Sciences, is also remarkably committed to multi-disciplinary research, with faculty members and students engaged in an unusually large number of projects involving other disciplines. Our research funding exceeded $15 million in FY 2011, coming from private industry and all levels of government. CS maintains significant research collaborations with more than 30 industry-leading technology companies.

For more information, visit here

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