Curriculum & Resources
A Note About Programming: The curriculum guides outline conceptual missions. Detailed programming steps and robot construction is so well covered on the web that we have only focused on goal-oriented aspects of the missions
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You can download a press ready PDF of the cool TechBrick ruler we've been giving out at tournaments.
- English and metric scales.
- LEGO stud counter.
- Read these special instructions first:
- You must print this on US Legal Paper
- (8.5 * 14 inches US)
- Print it on card stock for best results.
- Trim carefully at crop marks.
- Make SURE that Acrobat is set to print at 100% and NOT fit to page or margins.
- This file can be used for commercial CMYK (4 color) printing or printing on home or office color printers.
Field Work Sheets: Download First
These are scaled representations of each mat with inches and metric scales. They are to be use to plan missions. 25 sheets are included in a single ZIP file.
Curriculum Suggestions for Mats
These are provided to get you thinking about the possibilities. The goal is to create series for standard excercizes you can do with each new class of students. Be create, add objects, barriers, and elements. Make your own challenges.
Generic Work Sheet
Generic template in MS Word for you to make your own curriculum sheets.
General Practice Mat
- Basic Drive Straight RobotMatsMissionGPM001.pdf
- Basic Accurate Turns RobotMatsMissionGPM002.pdf
- Combined Straight and Turn RobotMatsMissionGPM003.pdf
- Basic Line Counting RobotMatsMissionGPM004.pdf
- Light Sensor/Color Sensor RobotMatsMissionGPM005.pdf
Lines and Grids
- Straight Lines North RobotMatsMissionLFM001.pdf
- Turn or stop at the intersection RobotMatsMissionLFM002.pdf
- Follow the Curves RobotMatsMissionLFM003.pdf
Counting and Targets
- Count the black lines RobotMatsMissionCTM001.pdf
- Sense the Difference RobotMatsMissionCTM002.pdf
- Count the elements RobotMatsMissionCTM003.pdf
Country City Story Mat
- Mat Overview RobotMatsMissionCCM001.pdf
- Mat Overview RobotMatsMissionCOMP005.pdf
There are so many great programming resources available. Below are some of the best. Looking for something? Search on GOOGLE.
Staggering amount of free resources on programming.
Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy Curriculum: The Best
This site has a limitless set of bot and programs. It is the best place to start.
From Carnegie Mellon, the leader in NXT education.
Mindstorms Official How to Program Page
EV3 tutorials: By students, for students
EV3 Lessons from the Seshan Brothers
One of the key ways to excel in FLL competitions is to look for rare or custom parts.
These are some of best resources:
Previous Field Kits
You can find complete field kits for previous FLL challenges at the three parts sites listed above. Just search for the name of the challenge. See the image to right for an example.
The FLL Tournament Scoring Site has a concise list of the challenges with descriptions.
Searching for Answers
You can find a bewildering range of solutions on google. Here are some examples:
- Google search for "ev3 line follower":
- Google search for "ev3 sensor programming":
- Google search for "ev3 construction techniques":
TechBrick has hundreds of resources for each year's challenge: