Welcome to White Salmon Valley School District FIRST Robotics!
Our district wants to provide opportunities for our students to pursue careers in science, engineer, math, and technology. Each school is working to provide opportunities for students to engage in after school activities that create a very effective mix of technology, team building, and friendly competition. Students learn to participate in a fun, enriching, and worthwhile experience that is guided by enthusiastic volunteer coaches. No experience is necessary; we are here to help every FIRST participant be successful.
Three Amazing Programs & One Amazing Community
Jr. FLL FLL FTC
Junior First LEGO League captures young children’s curiosity and directs it toward discovering the wonders of science and technology. This program features a real-world scientific concept to be explored through research, teamwork, construction, and imagination. Guided by adult Coaches, teams use LEGO elements to build a model that moves and develop a Show Me Poster to illustrate their journey.
Children get to
Design and build a challenge-related model using LEGO components
Create a Show Me Poster and practice presentation skills
Explore challenges facing today’s scientists
Discover real-world math and science
Begin developing teamwork skills
Choose to participate in expos
Share what they learn through a virtual expo on the Online Showcase
Engage in team activities guided by Junior First LEGO League Core Values
First LEGO League children are immersed in real-world science and technology challenges. Teams design their own solution to a current scientific question or problem and build autonomous LEGO robots that perform a series of missions based on an annual theme. Through their participation, children develop valuable life skills and discover exciting career possibilities while learning that they can make a positive contribution to society.
Children get to
Create innovative solutions to challenges facing today’s scientists
Strategize, design, build, program, and test an autonomous robot using LEGO MINDSTROMS technology
Apply real-world math and science concepts
Develop career and life skills including critical thinking, time management, collaboration, and communication while becoming more self-confident
Become involved in their local and global community
Participate in official tournaments and local events
Engage in team activities guided by First LEGO League Core Values
First Tech Challenge is designed for students who want to compete head to head using an exciting sports model. Teams design, build, and program their robots to compete on a 12’ x 12’ field, in an Alliance format, against other teams. Robots are built from a reusable platform, powered by Android technology, and programmed using Java. Teams including Coaches, Mentors, and Volunteers, are required to develop strategy and build robots based on sound engineering principles, such as rapid prototyping. Awards are given for the competition, as well as community outreach, design, and other real-world accomplishments.
Students get to
Design, build, and program robots
Model a real-world engineering process
Apply math and science concepts
Develop strategic problem-solving, organizational, and team building skills
Build life skills while building robots and work towards participating in tournaments and World Championship
Compete and cooperate in Alliances at tournaments
Qualify for scholarships at over 150 colleges/universities
Links for Overview Information:
Jr. FLL: http://www.ortop.org/jfll/overview.htm#fvc
(Contact Whitson Elementary for Information)
(Contact Henkle Middle School or Wallace and Pricilla Stevenson Intermediate School)
(Contact Columbia High School)
Jr.First Lego League (Jr.FLL) Quick Facts
Junior FIRST® LEGO® League (Jr.FLL) is an exciting opportunity for the youngest budding scientists. It encompasses the core concepts of all FIRST programs; to inspire, excite, and introduce kids to the wonders of science, technology, and engineering.
- Teaches the benefits of teamwork
- Sparks initial interest in science and technology
- Introduces basic design skills through a hands-on approach with the familiarity and fun of LEGO building
- Provides a culture of sharing and learning from others
The goal of Jr.FLL is to provide an experience that will capture young children's inherent curiosity and creativity and direct it toward discovering the possibilities of improving the world around them through understanding, thought, planning, and technology.
How it works
This is a very simple and low overhead event. Our goal is for your students to have a rewarding opportunity to investigate a science and technology related theme.
A Jr.FLL team will
- Receive a challenge (based on the FLL theme)
- Research and build their project with Legos
- Create a Show-Me-Board display
- Have their project reviewed at an exposition
Teams are children from 6 to 9 yrs old. The upper age of 9 is a hard rule. The lower age of 6 is a soft rule.
First Lego League (FLL)
- FIRST LEGO League (FLL) is a robotic competition developed for upper elementary and middle school age students (ages 9-14).
- Our goals are to inspire students to take an interest in science and technology and begin considering these fields as a career.
- There are three primary activities:
1) Build and program a small robot to accomplish various challenges,
2) Investigate a research topic and present findings at the tournament, and
3) Build a team around FLL Core Values.
- FLL Teams are 3-10 kids who are in the age range of 9 to 14 years of age.
- Teams form in schools, clubs, and neighborhood groups. No requirements on affiliation
- Teams need at least 2 adult coach/mentors to register a team. One or both coaches may attend and run the meetings.
- Most teams form up in late spring or early September.
- Registration opens late spring. Registration usually closes mid to late September
- The challenge is released in late August
- State regional qualifier competitions happen all over the state beginning in December. The Semifinal events will be held in mid-January and the State Championship will be held at the end of January.
- New coaches and mentors will have several opportunities to attend workshops early in the season.
- There are teams in most areas of the state: Puget Sound area, San Juan Islands, Spanaway, Spokane, Tacoma, Tri-Cities, Vancouver, Omak, etc.
- Qualifiers are held around the state.
- Many teams meet in school classrooms as an after school club. Basements, garages, and just about any other place works great too.
FIRST Tech Challenge
FTC is an exciting robotic based program that uses real world technology and programming. Designed for high school and middle school students, it is a program that students with no previous experience with FIRST or other technology can be successful. Using powerful DC motors and the new Tetrix system created by Pitsco and the power of the Android programming environment, it will allow for a wide range of exciting machines to be built.
A tabletop can become workshop for competitive machines to be built. The robotics kit provides motors, sensors, and the Java programming language as well as metal gears and strong aluminum framing to allow a huge variety of robots to be constructed. A very generous allowance for materials gives teams flexibility to be creative.
- Middle and high school aged students (7th thru 12th)
- Up to 10 students per team
- 1 to 3 mentors per team
- No experience required for students, teachers, or mentors. This project is perfect for teams just getting started in robotics.
- Matches played in a 12 foot by 12 foot field
- Alliances of robots compete against each other for score
- Use of sensors, programming, mechanical engineering principles and team work
- Autonomous and tele-operated phases of play
- Uneven surfaces, manipulation of objects and navigation
Typical Team Meeting Structure
- Most teams meet 2 or 3 times a week for 3 hours
- Typically the last two weeks require teams to meet a few extra times
- Most teams have a mentor or teacher to help guide and teach, but the students do the majority of the work
Some rookie teams choose not to maintain an engineering notebook. Many of the awards are based on the information contained in the book. Make a strong effort to have the team use the book daily and contain meaningful information about the design/engineering process that the students used. More information about this will be in your teams manual.