- 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!
Competing in FLL can become very intense during the season, which runs September through January. For Lego Bistro, our 2011 season meetings happened for 3 hours every Friday with "open labs" for programming time on Tuesdays and Thursdays for 2 hours each. We also met at other times when we had an opportunity to connect with a mentor. Additionally, we participated in 5 competitions and scrimmages which began on Saturdays at about 7am and lasted from five to eight hours each.
What compels kids to continue in such an intense sport? You might come up with all kinds of reasons. For those kids who have an aptitude for science and technology, robotics and legos are a natural fit--even if they are somewhat addictive. :) However, kids who do not have previous experience with legos or programming are supported here as well. Each team member contributes meaningfully and feels included. My personal belief is that when the team lives the Core Values of FLL, it leads to a rich and rewarding educational experience that effects the kids not just for the season, but for the many years to come.