Wednesday, January 21, 2015

We need YOU to coach a team

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Now that we have robotics kits, it is time to start preparing for the FIRST LEGO League tournament. The first step is to find Head Coaches. That means you!

Who can coach a LEGO robotics team?

Head coaches are 18 or older. Assistant coaches are 15 or older.

What does a Head Coach do?

You don’t have to know anything about robotics to coach a FIRST LEGO League team. There are plenty of available resources (including detailed videos) that teach youth how to build and program the robots. Here is the coach’s role:

  • Plans and schedules team meetings
  • Chooses team members (ages 9-14)
  • Guides team members toward success with leading questions and encouragement (the rules require youth to build and program robots by themselves!)

The great thing about coaching through Sevier County 4-H is that we will help every step of the way!

What happens at a FIRST LEGO League competition?

The competition is divided into three main parts:

  • The Robot Game: youth build and program LEGO Mindstorm robots to complete as many challenges as possible before time runs out.
  • The Project: youth design an innovative solution to solve a real-world problem and present before a panel of judges
  • Core Values: youth learn to respect their competitors, their teammates, and their coaches, while abiding by the competition’s set Core Values.

This sounds cool! How do I learn more?

Email Aris at or call the Sevier County 4-H office at

(435) 893-0470.

LEGO Mindstorm kits provided by: DWS_logo_color_beneath

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