Bracing for Nature’s Fury

The 2013-14 FIRST LEGO League “Nature’s Fury” season and the Jr. FIRST LEGO League “Disaster Blaster” are here!

FLL kickoff and challenge reveal will be on August 27, 2013, noon, EDT.

FLL field setup kits are being shipped in starting in July.

NFoverheadmatFor teams who are new to FLL this season, register a FLL team enable you to purchase the latest Mindstorms EV3 set with the team registration for $499. Veteran teams still have the option to use the Mindstorms NXT; while new teams can purchase the new EV3 to get a jump start on the latest educational kit.

Another welcoming change this season is the “What FIRST Teams and Events Are in My Area?” search engine has finally included the FIRST LEGO League teams. We now can search and find other local teams in the area. For people who are searching to join a team or recruit new members, TeamUp is the FLL and Jr FLL network connection.

For those new FLL team who are bracing for an exciting season, now is a good time to build an FLL table. Depending on space and needs, there are three types of FLL tables to choose from:

  1. The official FLL table (durable, easy to build, heavy, hard to transport and store. Careful to choose a high grade plywood for the table surface, keep away from moisture or the table will warp).
  2. Stow-or-Go Table by Inventioneers (light weight, foldable, easy to transport, not very durable, may have an uneven seam along the fold line, don’t lean on it).
  3. Landroids’ Sectional Table (light weight, easy to transport and store, takes apart and put together like the Ikea furniture, durable, harder to build, more expensive).

For New Jersey teams, our FLL season is from end of August to mid December. Click here for a season timeline and a list of preliminary qualifying event locations.  Plan ahead and Good Luck!

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