Congratulations to Howell FLL Teams

Mustache Monsters Team #4414 & Brick Bosses Team #25547

who advanced to the State Championship!

At FIRST®, learning never stops building upon itself, starting at age 6 and continuing through age 18.  The FIRST® progression of programs includes Junior FLL (Junior FIRST® Lego League) for Grades 1 and 2, FLL (FIRST Lego League) for Grades 3 through 5, FTC (FIRST®Tech Challenge) for Grades 6 through 8, and FRC (FIRST® Robotics Competition) for Grades 9-12. Our FLL team is open to 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders from the local area. 



An FLL team introduces younger students to real-world engineering challenges by building LEGO-based robots to complete tasks on a thematic playing surface. FLL teams, guided by their imaginations and adult coaches, discover exciting career possibilities and, through the process, learn to make positive contributions to society. 


Elementary students have the opportunity to:


  • Design, build, test and program robots using LEGO Mindstorms technology

  • Apply real-world math and science concepts

  • Research challenges facing today’s scientists

  • Learn critical thinking, team building and presentation skills

  • Participate in tournaments and celebrations. 


Each FLL Challenge has three parts: the Robot Game, the Project, and the FLL Core Values. Teams participate in the Challenge by programming an autonomous robot to score points on a themed playing field (Robot Game), developing a solution to a problem they have identified (Project), all guided by the FLL Core Values.  Past Challenges have been based on topics such as recycling, nanotechnology, climate, quality of life for the handicapped population, and transportation. By designing our Challenges around such topics, students are exposed to potential career paths within a chosen Challenge topic, in addition to solidifying the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) principles that naturally come from participating in the program.



In the Robot Game, the kids build and program an autonomous (no remote control) LEGO MINDSTORMS® robot to score points by performing mission tasks.  These missions will be inspired by the Challenge theme.  Missions require the robot to navigate, capture, transport, or deliver objects on a printed mat (the Field).  The robot has 2 ½ minutes to complete as many missions as possible.  Students gain an understanding of a basic robot design including sensors, motors, and basic programming.


Through the Project, teams learn more about the science behind the Challenge theme. The students use their creativity to design a solution (or modify an existing solution) to solve a real-world problem.  As part of the philosophy of FIRST, the team is encouraged to share their innovative idea with others, including professionals, and then present it to a group of judges at a tournament.




The FIRST® Lego League is more than robots and the Core Values are the cornerstones of the FLL program.  They are among the fundamental elements that distinguish FLL from other programs of its kind. By embracing the Core Values, participants learn that friendly competition and mutual gain are not separate goals, and that helping one another is the foundation of teamwork.  


  • We are a team.

  • We do the work to find solutions with guidance from our coaches and mentors.

  • We know our coaches and mentors don't have all the answers; we learn together.

  • We honor the spirit of friendly competition.

  • What we discover is more important than what we win.

  • We share our experiences with others.

  • We display Gracious Professionalism® and Coopertition® in everything we do.

  • We have FUN!


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FIRST Lego League is coming to every school in Howell Spring 2018.

Please contact the Robotics Adviser at your school for more information


Voyager Elementary - Anthony Bonanni 


Challenger Elementary - Principal Dave Cherry


Southwest Elementary - Sarah Leedy

Three Fires Elementary - Jill Cain/Lindsay McDowell 

Northwest Elementary - Tami Rossman

Hutchings Elementary - Tawnya Benn

Innovative  FLL #18881 Table Hack

Viking Bots Mentor, Nate Vohwinkle created an "FLL Table Hack", that we are sharing with the FLL community. This table frame replaces the traditional saw horses and is very sturdy. This allows for the table to be wheeled anywhere and. It can then be stored inside the FLL table for portability and to save on space. Mentor Jeff Grainger created a CAD drawing using Autodesk Fusion which you can download HERE. 

The Mustache Monsters #4414


Viking Bots #18881

The Pirate Bots #25546

Brick Bosses #25547

The Hurricane Bots #25548

Robot Pride