The Bowmar Builders are an FLL team associated with Bowmar Elementary School. The purpose of this blog is to help other students interested in robotics to learn from what we have learned. As an FLL Robotics team we use the Lego EV3 robotics system and the Mindstorms graphical programming language.

For FLL Coaches

FLL Competition Overview

The First Lego League (FLL) is one of four competitive leagues in the FIRST program. FLL is for students in the 4th-8th grades. Each year there is a theme. There are four parts to the competition: the project, the core values, the robot design, and the robot game. Prizes are awarded in each area. Championships are determined based on scores in the project, core values, and robot design areas with a qualification threshold of being in the top 40% (rank-wise) of the team scores in the robot game.

2016-2017 Season Theme

Things to remember to do...

  • Go to the FIRST Inspires web page and set up your team!
  • Order the field kit, if you are not sharing with another team
  • Register for a meet when it opens

Game Day!

Game Day Checklist

Team Structure

Team Structure as a Process for Accomplishing Goals

Important Concepts to Teach


Respect for each other is a critical skill that the team members rarely have fully developed.

  • Respect Game
  • Appreciation Game

  • Communication Skills

  • There are several good TED talks on effective communication skills.
  • Understanding and appropriately using vocal tone is an important skill for team members to develop.

  • Presentation Skills

    Time Management

    How your team manages time, both during a meeting and throughout the season, is important. Time management applies to meetings, while project management applies throughout the season.

  • Time Management
  • Procrastination

  • Project Management

  • Project Management, part 1

  • Coaching Styles

  • Goals vs. Systems
  • Goals are for Losers
  • System for Team Management
  • System for Developing Respect

  • Helpful Reference Materials

    It is very helpful to have a book of example mechanisms to demonstrate to your team members the important underlying mechanical design concepts.

    Notes on the Razorback Invitational


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