TEAM MEMBER PROFILES – 2013-14 FLL “NATURE’S FURY” TEAM
My name is Theo, and I am 10 years old and in fifth grade in elementary school. As a third grader I participated in JFLL, and this will be my second year as an FLL member. Initially, I became interested in the FIRST program because I love building with Legos. Little did I know how much more there was to experience! Now I know that FLL is about working hard and having fun, being a student and a mentor, and learning about the world around us while making a difference in our community.
FIRST LEGO League has provided many exciting opportunities. Through community outreach events, I have interacted with scientists, professors, and experts in many fields. Learning from these individuals has taught me how knowledge can be applied in the real world. Our team has also been fortunate to work with FTC and FRC teams, so we get a glimpse into what FIRST has to offer down the road. On the flip side, I enjoy mentoring teams that are just starting up and sharing information from our research projects with others to raise awareness not only about our current project, but also about STEM.
This year, I have a number of goals. First, inspired by FLL’s Nature’s Fury theme, I hope to learn about the topic of wildfires. In southern California there is a serious threat of wildfires, and I am eager to investigate this subject and develop an innovative solution that could help people in the future. Second, I am looking forward to becoming familiar with the new Mindstorms EV3 robot. Designing, programming and operating the robot was one of my favorite activities last season, and working with the EV3 will challenge me to build a robot that is more accurate, efficient and expedient. Finally, using the Core Values as guidelines, I strive to make each day the best it can be, and to approach life with a positive “can do” attitude.
FLL is much more than a fun after-school activity. Once I learned about the Core Values, I began to see examples all around me. Coopertition has taught me that you can compete like crazy while still being respectful to your opponents. When I play sports I like to see everybody having fun and working together. Gracious professionalism is a valuable life rule, and, to me, it means that everybody is treated equally and fairly. If someone is excluded or bullied I stand up for them and let them join our group. Working as a team inspires me to be creative, and I enjoy discovering solutions in a collaborative effort with our coach and mentors. These are skills that I will use for many years to come.
For me, FLL has provided a road map. In the short term, I look forward to participating in this year’s Nature’s Fury challenge. Team meetings, field trips and tournaments are many of the highlights in my school year. As a high school student, I would love to work on more advanced robots. My ultimate goal is to become an engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab. Designing and building unmanned spacecraft is my dream job, and I believe that FIRST will give me the tools to make it a reality.
My name is Isha, and I am in 6th grade at middle school. This is my second year in FIRST Lego League (FLL). I first heard about FLL last year in 5th grade. I really wanted to join the Aviara Oaks Elementary FLL team because I wanted to learn more about programming and engineering. I was selected into the school team and had an amazing year. We built and programmed the robot, created an innovative solution for seniors, and worked together as a team. I thought it was an incredible experience and decided to join FLL again this year.
By being a part of the FLL team I have learned a number of skills that I apply in my daily life. Note-taking is an important skill that I use every day in school and I expect to use in high school and college. The FLL experience has taught me more about science, technology, engineering, and math ( STEM) that has helped me tremendously in academics. I have learned to work with a group, share my ideas, value others and listen to their ideas. I have also learned to focus and stay on task which allows me to finish my work in a timely fashion both in school and at home. In addition, I have learned to respect my opponents and still have a competitive spirit . Whatever I do, I try to do it with an optimistic attitude that allows me to enjoy whatever I do. Being part of a creative process and learning to solve real life problems will help me a lot in the coming years. The core values are used every day, from “We are a team” to ” We show Gracious Professionalism and Coopertition in everything we do”.
In FLL, I hope to build upon many of the skills I developed last year. Learning how to program and maneuver the new Ev3 robot is just one of the skills I am looking forward to mastering. I would also like to discover more about natural disasters, such as what causes them and how people can prepare themselves to face them. By interviewing different experts and hearing their opinions we aim to understand a problem and create an innovative solution for it. Our team interviewed an expert who has been to many natural disaster sites to help the affected people. We also met with a scientist at UCSD who studies earthquakes. I am currently working with a team of students who are cooperative and fun to work with, and I hope to grow and discover with them.
I have many goals for the future, and the FLL experience will give me some of the tools to fulfill them. Some of my short term goals are to learn to use Mindstorms Ev3 programming software and to help create a solution for one of the many problems people face because of natural disasters. I would also like to compete in the tournaments, meet with other teams, and learn more about them. On the other hand, I would also like to help other teams and, if possible, give them tips. In the long term, I would like to participate in a FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) or FIRST Robotics Challenge (FRC) team in high school. My ultimate goal is to use my knowledge in science and engineering to become a scientist. The core values have taught me how to work with different people as a team, which I think is a valuable for any kind of job.
My name is Katrina, and I’m a 5th grader at a local elementary school. I started with Jr. FLL when I was in third grade and I have been in FIRST Lego League for two years including this year. I joined FLL because I wanted to experience something new. I was not involved much in the STEM program so joining FLL was a big change for me.
The FLL program has made a huge impact on my life. Not only has it encouraged me to learn and explore the world of STEM, but it has given me valuable skills that will help me in the future. For example, before joining FLL, I was more nervous about speaking in front of people, but now, after continuously speaking at outreach events, I have grown the ability to talk to others comfortably. Throughout the FLL season, I have also made new friends and learned to work together as a team. The most important lesson that I have learned is to demonstrate the core values. The core values are like “life rules” to me. The core values have taught me to show Gracious Professionalism and Coopertition in everything I do.
This year in the FLL Nature’s Fury season, I hope to gain more robotics skills and improve on designing a robot . Since we are working on a new EV3 robot, I hope also to learn the new programming. I would also like to learn more about the different types of natural disasters and to be more aware of their effects to our environment and surroundings. I’m looking forward to going more field trips, doing outreach and mentoring, participate in tournaments, making new friends, but most importantly, to have fun!
My FLL experience has been applicable in my everyday life because I need to always show the core values whenever and wherever I am. At school, I have to remember to show the core values by either including and helping someone who’s feeling left out , having sportsmanship in P.E., or just being considerate to classmates. At home, to demonstrate the core values, I have to remember to help out and share responsibilities with my older siblings, and especially, to also respect my family members. And at soccer, while I’m honoring the spirit of a friendly competition, I need to have good sportsmanship for my teammates and other teams, and especially, to see that everyone is having fun!
Since I have gained many skill from the FLL program, such examples as public speaking, advanced robotics programming, demonstrating the core values, team work and cooperation to solve problems, I will always apply these valuable skills in my future journey through life. I know that my future is going to be an extraordinary one just from my involvement and experience in the FLL program!
Hello, my name is Danylo. I am a 7th grader in middle school. This is my 3rd year participating in First Lego League (FLL). I have always been interested in science and technology. My favorite toy has been a screwdriver since I was 3 years old. I used to take apart all the things in the house that had screws. I have always liked Legos, but I find making something completely new is my favorite. In 5th grade I got the chance to work on a real scientific problem and to build a programmable robot on the AOE team, Roboeagles. I am very thankful to my first mentor, Miss Ables, who taught me to work in a team.
What is FLL to me? FLL is my passion: I enjoy to work on a problem and to find a solution. FLL is my favorite way to spend time: I love to be with my team members, my very good friends. FLL is the building blocks for my future: I will use it through my study even up to my advanced degree to create something that will change the world.
I have learned many things and want to learn more. FLL teaches you to be open to other people’s ideas and thoughts. Sometimes you may think that you have a great idea, but after talking with your teammates you understand that there are many other interesting ideas that will be better for your team. It is not easy to admit that your idea may not be the best. This process makes your team and you to move forward. This year in Robolution I am learning to work like a scientist from my mentor Mrs. Lozar, who is a great role model. She exemplifies that to reach a goal you have to be devoted to your work.
This year the FLL theme is Nature’s Fury. This is a very important theme. Humans are very highly developed, but this does not change the fact that natural disasters happen every day. I believe that our and other teams’ ideas will help with fighting with wildfires, earthquakes, tsunamis, hurricanes, flashfloods, and storms. To make this possible we have to research a lot. In this process we meet many interesting people and learned more on certain topics. I was amazed on how much more there is to learn. Furthermore, I plan to improve my public speaking, engineering, programming, and research skills this year.
My name is Aiko. I am currently attending an elementary School as a fifth grader. Formerly, I was associated with Junior FIRST LEGO League (JFLL) and have been a part of FIRST LEGO League (FLL) for one year. I thought that the program would be fun and would open up educational opportunities where I could learn more about technology and the way it works. Not only did I learn about various subjects, I had a grand time cooperating with my fellow team members. In addition, I realized that it is just as important to have fun while learning. I learned that it is okay to be laid back once in a while at the same time be hardworking and ambitious at times when needed.
Robotics will help me down the road when I want a job. It has given many useful tools that I plan to use in the future, and it has shown me to solve problems. I am now aware of different software resources and I learned how to create a Lego robot. Having some technology exposure could be useful if I choose to be a engineer when I grow up. Robots are enjoyable and educational for all ages so building and programming them were positive experiences. Also, I love to mentor teams because I love to share my knowledge with the community. I have learned so much in the field of biosensor technology and hydration from the last season of FLL, and I can’t wait to learn more research on this year’s topic, natural disasters.
Before I started to participate in FLL, I felt as though I was living in a smaller community. However, when I joined FLL, I learned about Core Values, which opened up my eyes to a broader community and possibilities to be connected to a bigger world. Not only did I become more aware of my surroundings, but I also learned what I could do to make the world a better place for not only those around me locally, but those in other cities, states, and even countries. If I can change someone’s life for the better, even one person, my heart feels fulfilled.
Many people think that their family or even their friends can act as a team. Those are all correct, but I have realized that we are all a team, everyone in the world. We can work together as a big happy family to find a solution to help those in need. If we can just learn how to cooperate, just think of all the good we can do, all the lives we can change, and all the ways to make the world a better place. We begin to see examples all around us, which makes my heart feel warm and fuzzy. Remember: Even the slightest mean comment can ruin someone’s day, while the merest compliment can make someone’s day. After I learned about FLL Core Values, I understood that we can all help one another by being their guide, their mentor, and their teacher to the real world.
I have multiple goals this year, such as learning and researching the topic of earthquakes. Many people die or are injured each year in a earthquake, I would like to provide them with the ability to know sooner when there will be an earthquake because every second counts. I would also like to learn about wildfires and how we can protect firefighters, those individuals who try to protect us from this natural disaster. I would also like to expand my horizons and learn more about NXT and EV3 robots. Last but certainly not the least, I want to try to incorporate Core Values in every thing I do.
FLL has provided so much for me, and I can’t wait to open up the door to creativity and dive right in. I dream of becoming a teacher when I grow older. I plan to share what I have learned to the next generation. Deep inside, I know my FLL experience and the principles of the program will guide me to become the best teacher I can be. FLL for life!
Hello, I am Matthew. I am 11 years old in 6th grade in middle school. This is my second year of FLL. I joined the team because, I enjoy creating with legos and building robots, and want to learn more about STEM, core values, and coopertition. FLL has impacted me by strengthening my gracious professionalism which gives me the knowledge to be kind, cooperative, and humble.
In the past couple years there were hurricanes in New Jersey, mudslides in Colorado, earthquakes and tsunamis in Japan, and wildfires in California and Arizona. Through the FLL Nature’s Fury season, I would like to learn about the three aspects about natural disasters; be prepared, be safe, and rebuild. Also we would like to research more about wildfires and innovative solutions to protect lives from disasters during this season, because in our state this natural disaster is very common.
FLL has influenced my life ever since I joined the FLL program. For example, I apply coopertition and core values in sports I play, and gracious professionalism in making new friends and encouraging them. At school our team’s research project’s facts sometimes comes in handy. I would like to practice what I gained in FLL; core values, programming, and research, throughout my whole life. In the future I want to be a professional soccer player so I could use robot game strategies for a game plan. FLL is an important part of my life which will probably affect me in the future.