Welcome New Coaches and Welcome Back Returning Coaches!
My name is Carol Conner. I have volunteered in FIRST Lego League for the past several years in various capacities including coach, mentor, tournament director, judge, and referee. This is my third year serving as Head Referee for the Suncoast Region. I have been a Civil Engineer since 1981 and I also taught middle school math for several years in Title I schools in Orange and Hillsborough Counties.
This email is a bit long, but please read all the way to the end for important information.
You may email me directly with any questions you have regarding the robot game. I am still getting up to speed on this year's rules and missions, but I will try to help in any way I can. If this is your first year as a coach and you are feeling a bit overwhelmed, we have all been there! Please feel free to ask as me many questions as you would like. Relax, set some realistic goals and have fun. Make sure to attend a practice tournament, especially if you don't think you are ready at all - this is one of the best places for your kids to learn.
I want to call your attention to the upcoming Robot Building Workshop focusing on Attachments and Mechanical Design on September 16th from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Brandon Campus of HCC. The event is free. Due to space limitations, only one coach and two team members from each team may attend. You need to register by clicking the link on the Suncoast Website.
Make sure you understand both the Rules and the Missions in the Challenge Guide. You should also understand the Field Setup Guide and be familiar with the Scoresheet.
Finally, below are a couple of websites that you may find helpful whether you are just getting started with rookie team members or whether you have a team full of veterans:
Resources from TechBrick - TechBrick is an independent robotics club in Maryland that has been around since 2003. Over the years they have developed numerous useful resources and tools. They make them available to all teams on their website. TechBrick is completely run by volunteers. Their 2017-18 Hydrodynamics Resource Page is here: https://techbrick.com/fll-resources/fll2017
EV3Lessons.com - This site provides free tutorials and resources for building and programming EV3 robots. http://ev3lessons.com/
I look forward to seeing you soon! I plan to attend most of the training events and tournaments.