The FIRST LEGO League competition is similar each year. With a little experience you could accomplish most of mission. The goal of this episode is to introduce you to the course, its purpose and approach.
Divide and conquer
The competition could be divided in three parts.
- Building a robot construction
- Building attachments and programming the robot for this attachments
- Grouping the missions of the field in as less runs as possible
We've already build a number of resources for lifting at FLLCasts.com. But at the end of this course we would have a robot that lifts itself and hangs on the mission model.
Links for lifting
This is just the search on the term "lifting"
Divide and conquer
Again we separate the task on a few simpler steps:
- Build an attachment for hanging on the mission model
- Lift to the mission model
How should an instructor use this course when working with students and a group of students in school
Goal of the course
The goal of the course is to show a number of principles and tools and how could students think about lifting the robot.
There are different approaches depending on the construction, on the place you lift your robot and the LEGO parts that you have.
We will discuss the rules of building the attachment that we've shown, because they could be replicated in other attachments. Do not go directly to the end result. This is not the goal of the course and students will barely learn anything.
Where should you lift the robot? Especially if you don`t have the mission model that we are using
This is the first task. Where should you lift?. Try building one mission model with the part that you have. It could be just similar. No need to be the same.
Lift on the box
Using the boxes of the EV3 Mindstorms sets is also possible.
Should you use the BOX robot
You can use the Box robot that we are using. Here is the course - Box Robot Two. Fewer parts and one motor. Simplifying a robot. We advise you to build it. But you could also use any robot that you have. You can even use a Five-Minute robot.
Building a mission model
This could be a mission model as in the FLL 2016-2017 Animal Allies competition, or you could build one yourself. It should be about 1.5 the height of the robot, or even higher. Building the mission model is up to you. Use the parts that you have.
Using a box or other objects
If you do not have enough parts you could use one of the Mindstorms boxes. Just put it over a few books to make it higher.
How to organize the different robots and group of students when working on lifting the robot.
Each group could work with a different robot. You can construct the Box robot. This is our recommendation.
Each student on different mission model
How to approach the organization of the groups in class when using different robots?
Set the height
When lifting the height of the mission model or the box is very important. Do not set it to high or to low.