Florida FIRST LEGO League
In this email:
  • Coach Training Class
  • Grants
  • Kickoff Registration Open
  • Registration and Ordering Hints
  • Field Setup Hints
  • Coach's Manual
  • Brevard Robotics Showcase
Coach Training Class
We have scheduled an additional training class for beginning coaches in Orlando on 8/30.  This class will include instruction on what the coach's role is, managing the team, what to expect in competition and hands on robot building and programming for both the NXT and the EV3.  Details and registration are on the web at

We are still accepting grant applications from schools (public or private) in Brevard and surrounding areas for Rockwell Collins grants.  (You must be in reasonable commuting distance of Melbourne to qualify for this grant.)  Apply online at
Brevard County FLL and FTC teams should also be on the lookout for additional grant opportunities from the NASA Ground Systems Development and Operations Program.  These grants will be targetted to bolster FLL and FTC in Brevard County.  NASA will be announcing significant grant opportunities for these teams in the near future including grants for robot sets for rookie teams and competition registration for returning and rookie teams for both FLL and FTC.  Public School, Private School and Home teams can all apply.  Watch our grant site.  There will be a separate application process for this grant.  Do not use the application currently on our website!

Kickoff Registration Open
We will be holding Kickoff for the season at Merritt Island HS on Saturday, September 13.  There will be two sessions -- one at 9:30 and one at 12:30.  One coach per team attending will receive a free Florida FLL Polo shirt.  This event is for coaches, team members, and parents.  There is no charge to attend but you will have to register for a session, indicating which session you prefer and how many students/adults will be attending.   During this program, Laura will review all the missions and rules, a review of the field setup and how points are scored.  She will also review the Research project requirements.  The list of Qualifying tournaments and our tournament registration process will be provided.  We do not expect to make this program available online but will post the presentations.  REGISTER NOW!
Tournament and Open Practice Hosts
We are looking for hosts for both Qualifying Tournaments and Open Practices.  Information and applications are on-line at  Running an event is a great opportunity for raising funds for your team if your school does not charge for use of the facility.  We depend on schools hosting Qualifying Tournaments to make FLL available to everyone in Florida. 
Registration and Ordering Hints - (TIMS)
You must have 2 people signed up to be coach for a team before you can access the LEGO ordering link for Robot Kits and Field Setups.   FLL has produced a detailed step by step User Manual for the TIMS registration system.  The draft of this document is available on our website at  

LEGO tells me if you indicate tax exempt when you are ordering, they will hold your order until they receive your school or organization tax exempt certificate.  Even though this may have been submitted in a prior year, they need another one this year.  (Email to or fax to 888-534-6784)
Field setup kit hints
Open your set as soon as possible and check to see if you have all of the bags of parts.   It takes 7-10 days to get a replacement so don't wait until you start building.  You will have to describe some unique parts in the missing bag or some parts in the bags you have.  Call LEGO at 800-835-4386.   Don't select the number for missing parts.  Stay on hold for a customer service rep.  They will need the set number:  45800.   For missing parts (not a whole bag) you can follow the instructions in the Coach's Manual, page iii.
Field Setup Bag Inventory:
3 Bag 1          3 Bag 5          1 Bag 8
4 Bag 2          3 Bag 6          2 Bag 9
5 Bag 3          2 Bag 7          2 Bag 10
3 Bag 4            2 Un-numbered Bags
Coach's Manual
The Coach's Manual is now only available online.  You can download and print or view on your computer, IPad, etc.  There is a great list of contacts for problems, etc on pages ii-iii as well as great information on the general requirements for the season.  Specific information on missions and research project will be released online on August 26.
Download the Coach's Manual: under PREPARATION
Brevard Robotics Showcase -- Teams Needed
The Canaveral Council of Technical Societies is hosting an event at the Florida Solar Energy Center in Cocoa on Thursday evening, October 16 at 5:30pm.  We would like 6-8 Brevard teams to participate in this event which will be similar in format for FLL as an open practice but with the public coming thru to observe/talk with teams about FLL.  This event is being structured to educate the community (particularly the technical society members) about the various robotics programs available in Brevard.  There will also be FRC, FTC and VEX teams demonstrating as well as other exhibits.  Pizza and soft drinks will be provided for teams participating.  If you are interested in bringing your team to this event, please email Judy at (or reply to this email.)  This event replaces the FLL Open Practice held at Roosevelt the last two years.  We will also be training referees at this event.
Aug 23   New Coach Training      Merritt Island
Aug 30   New Coach Training     Orlando
Sept 13  Florida FLL Kickoff     Merritt Island HS
October  Open Practices - various locations
Oct 1     Qualifying Tournament Registration Opens
Nov 15 - Jan 17    Qualifying Tournaments
Jan 31/Feb 6 - Regional Tournaments
March 1   Florida State Championship (tentaive)

Contacts:  Laura Melnik   Judy Kersey
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