What's This All About?!
Catch the excitement! Timberline's robotics teams are part of a worldwide organization, called FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), which is a K-12 STEM program.
Underlying all of the science and technology goals are FIRST's Core Values, which place the emphasis on teamwork and problem-solving in real-world contexts. Key principles of these Core Values are "coopertition" (committed, but friendly, competition) and "Gracious Professionalism" (sharing your skills and knowledge to make your community a better place).
To learn more about how technology, science, math, and engineering blend in a fun, competitive environment, please visit here and follow the tabs at the top of the page to "FLL" (FIRST LEGO League for 4th – 8th graders) or "Jr.FLL" (Jr. FIRST LEGO League for kindergarten through 3rd graders). You can also watch a myriad of videos on sites, like "YouTube", that will show robots in action from teams around the world.
- FLL teams will compete in at least one tournament per season. They will build and program a robot to respond to specific challenges on a table-top, specially-built obstacle course. Teams also research a current scientific topic (2011: food contamination; 2012: Senior Solutions-helping senior citizens live fuller lives; 2013: Nature's Fury-exploring natural disasters; 2014: how we learn; 2015: trash and recycling), develop an innovative idea for an invention that would help solve a problem within that topic, and then present their work to various audiences.
- Jr.FLL teams are non-competitive and meet for a shorter length of time than FLL teams. However, they follow the same types of Core Values and research the same current scientific topic, just at a level appropriate to their developmental stage. They will learn about simple machines and will build a LEGO model related to their research topic; the model will incorporate simple machines and have a motor.
Details About Timberline's Teams
Applications for Timberline FIRST LEGO League teams will be accepted in February or March. We invite all interested students who are 3rd or 4th graders to apply.
Applications for Timberline Jr.FIRST LEGO League teams will be accepted in April. We invite all interested students who are kindergarten through 2nd graders to apply.
The following team details pertain to this year's teams and are subject to change, based on coach and team preferences.
- FLL team meetings generally take place for two hours after school or in the evenings. In April and May, there will be one meeting per week. When school resumes in August, there will be two meetings per week, until December or January, plus a couple of required weekend dates for training workshops and tournaments. Throughout the season, the team has optional get-togethers for field trips, Gracious Professionalism visits (like when we brought our robots to share with the kids at Children's Hospital and an assisted living facility for the elderly), constructing the obstacles for the competition table, and other occasions for building teamwork. There is a student activity fee; needs-based scholarships are available.
- Jr.FLL team meetings generally take place for 1.5-2 hours after school or in the early evenings, once per week. Teams will usually choose to meet only first semester or only second semester. Teams will attend one non-competitive Expo at the end of their season, which is usually 2 hours on a weekend. There is a student activity fee; needs-based scholarships are available.
Upcoming Tournament Competitions
All tournaments at all levels of FIRST are free family fun! They are the best way to experience the fun and excitement and see the science and technology and Core Values in action.
Please contact one of the coaches below to find out when and where this year's FIRST tournaments will be.
Eaglecrest High School is one of many high schools in the Denver Metro area that participates in the FIRST Robotics competitions. You can find out when and where the qualifying tournaments will be (usually in the spring) here; follow the tabs for "find tournaments in my area."
Questions? Need More Information?
For questions or more information, please contact volunteer team coordinators.