The Benefits of BadgerBOTS
BadgerBOTS offers teams and coaches support for all three components of FLL: the project, the FLL Core Values, and the robot game.
Project: FLL features a research project based on each year’s theme. Each year BadgerBOTS hosts experts to speak to teams about their professional experiences and best practices for young researchers.
Core Values: High school students from our FIRST Robotics Competition team are here to serve as team mentors. They will share their expertise in NXT programming and robot design – they’ll also mentor with dedication to Coopertition and Gracious Professionalism.
Robot Game: BadgerBOTS provides a great deal of support for new teams. Our education center is open for use as a team practice space, so you can interact with other teams and use our laptops, field sets, and have access to spare parts.
Nuts and Bolts
We recommend meeting with your team at least twice a week. The BadgerBOTS Education Centerwill be open for team use from 1-9 PM Monday-Thursday and 8 AM-4 PM Saturday throughout the season. Whether a student can regularly miss parts of meetings and still have an effective team depends on team dynamics—students usually do better if they have friends on the team. Each team needs two active adult mentor/coaches—a single coach coordinating the team meetings is too burdensome for most people. If your child is participating, we expect some parental help—mentor or coach a team, or help out in whatever way works best with your schedule.
The cost for joining BadgerBOTS is $150 for each team member. Payments can be made to the BadgerBOTS Robotics Corporation by check or electronically through our registration system. Cash or check can be mailed to mailed to the BadgerBOTS Education Center.
This year’s FLL season kickoffs will be August 30, 2012 for experienced teams and September 8, 2012 for rookie teams. An open parents’ meeting will be on Thursday night, September 6. Tournaments begin the first week of November.
Additional donations support the participation of a full and diverse cross-section of our community. Please consider donating at the time of your registration. BadgerBOTS is a 501c3, non-profit organization and all donations are tax deductible.