LEGO BRICKS + homeschoolers = BRICKschoolers©
HCECF is forming teams now for the 2011/2012 Food Factor Season.
HCECF's BRICKschoolers Practices / Classes will be held in Apopka on Thursdays. Practices / Classes in Deland on Fridays. Class schedule subject to change and is set by the coach at each location.
Ages listed are often adaptable; please inquire if your interested kid is not in the recommended age range. Accommodations for siblings are always made where possible.
Participation in any of HCECF's BRICKschoolers programs listed below requires membership in HCECF, the purchase of a purple BRICKschoolers team shirt and an Edventures student account, available through HCECF. Registration fees are non-refundable and vary with the specific program.
Anyone interested in participating on any of HCECF's BRICKschoolers FIRST LEGO® League teams, our EARLY Robotics team or other LEGO® activities, please contact us to be put on our mailing list for consideration on team placement.
Other homeschool groups with LEGO® teams, please also contact us if you'd like to arrange practice sessions.
Not in our area, but looking for a LEGO® team or already have a team, but looking for members? Be sure to add your information to Statewide LEGO-homeschoolFL.
FLL is an international program for children created in a partnership between FIRST and the LEGO® Company. Each September, FLL announces the annual Challenge, which engages the teams in hands-on robotics design and authentic scientific research. After 8 intense weeks, the FLL season culminates at high-energy, sports-like tournaments. This program is geared for kids ages 9-14, although younger kids can participate with permission.
Online General Team Registration & shipping of registration & robot sets:
May 2011 - Full Capacity OR late September, whichever comes first
Field set up kits begin to ship
September 3rd, 2011
|Building Season:||September - November|
|Tournament Season:||November - February|
Can FIRST® LEGO® League teams improve the quality of food by finding ways to prevent food contamination?
In the 2011 Food Factor Challenge, over 200,000 9-16* year olds from over 55 countries will explore the topic of food safety and examine the possible points of contamination our food encounters – from exposure to insects and creatures, to unsterile processing and transportation, to unsanitary preparation and storage – then find ways to prevent or combat these contaminates. In the Food Factor Challenge, teams will build, test, and program an autonomous robot using LEGO® MINDSTORMS® NXT to solve a set of Food Safety missions as well as research, develop, and share their innovative food safety solutions. Throughout their experience, teams will operate under FLL’s signature set of Core Values.
HCECF registered two FIRST LEGO® League teams for 2011. Watch for HCECF's BRICKschoolers teams from Apopka and Deland in the forums!
- July 1, 2011 - $135.00
- August 1, 2011 - $145.00
- September 1, 2011 - $155.00
No new FLL team members will be added after the challenge is officially announced on September 3rd. These spots are available on a first paid basis; we do not hold spots on the FLL teams. The HCECF BRICKschoolers program has competing FLL teams based out of Central Florida - Apopka and Deland.
2011 registered HCECF FIRST LEGO LEAGUE teams
- Apopka based FLL team # 1872
- Deland based FLL team # 1889
HCECF offers discounts for early registration to gain a longer practice season. BRICKschoolers team shirts and an edventures membership are required.
Keeping Food SafeCan Junior FIRST LEGO League teams master the science of safely preparing food? In the 2011 Snack Attack Challenge, over 12,000 6 to 9 year olds from 5 countries will take a “hands on” approach to the topic of food safety by exploring how proper preparation and storage can help keep us healthy. Teams will learn about simple machines as they build a model made of LEGO® elements with a motorized moving part, and will create a team Show-Me Poster to represent their Snack Attack findings.
New in 2005, HCECF began their BRICKschoolers program with a FIRST LEGO® League (thanks SWE!), four Junior FIRST LEGO® League Teams and an EARLY Robotics Team, interested parties please contact us directly for details on how to participate, costs and requirements.
In HCECF's rookie first season (2005) they achieved the following honors:
The four 2005 Ocean Odyssey HCECF Junior FIRST LEGO® League teams took home the following awards:
The two 2006 HCECF Junior FIRST LEGO® League teams took home the following awards:
The three 2007 HCECF Junior FIRST LEGO® League teams took home the following awards
The 2007 HCECF FIRST LEGO® League team had a great time at the regional competition, but did not qualify for the state tournament. TWO homeschooled teams from Florida are going to the world championships! Congrats to the Storm Cats and Legooners!
The 2008 Climate Connections HCECF Junior FIRST LEGO® League teams took home the following awards
The 2009 Smart Moves HCECF Junior FIRST LEGO® League teams took home the following awards.
We're excited about the 2010 season! Will you join us for the Body Forward Challenge?
As part of our ongoing commitment to providing homeschoolers with quality science, technology and engineering opportunities, HCECF is in the process of developing a curriculum for homeschoolers based on the materials used in these and other DACTA / LEGO® Education materials.
Engineering And Robotics Learned Young (EARLY) is a program that exposes our youth to engineering. EARLY provides 7 to 12 year olds the opportunity to participate in a robotics competition every fall and spring.
The competition robots are built from LEGO® Simple Machines kits which have a comprehensive curriculum available for easy implementation in the classroom. The combination of curriculum and competition allows teachers to have all their students complete some of the Simple Machines activities, which are approximately 45 minutes each, and then invite those students who are interested to participate on the EARLY team.
EARLY team members have a bright future with the opportunity to participate, throughout their education careers, in various robotics competitions such as FIRST LEGO® League, Botball, BEST, and the FIRST Robotics Competition. For those students who choose not to participate on the EARLY team, they will still have been introduced to hands-on engineering and gained an appreciation for the challenges and goals that the EARLY team will face.
Spring 2008 EARLY Robotics Mission
Roboticists, the International Reef Restoration Administration (IRRA) thanks you for all of your commitment to help protect and restore the reefs of the World! IRRA now needs your help returning the reef robots from the reefs to the IRRA Divisions and Headquarters. Please help IRRA retrieve the reef robots for future reef restoration missions
BRICKschoolers RCX & NXT labs - kids experience FIRST LEGO® League style building and programming challenges using one of HCECF's robotics field mat set ups.
Field mat set ups currently available through this program currently include:
Junior FIRST LEGO© League
Junior FIRST LEGO® League (JFLL) - introduces 6-9 year olds to the wonders and excitement of science and engineering.
JFLL is geared to children aged 6 to 9 years old and utilizes a modified framework of FIRST LEGO® League. Younger children are permitted to participate also. Teams of up to 6 children and an adult mentor receive a mini challenge, which is based on the FLL annual research project. They will design a model depicting an aspect of this year’s “Body Forward” Challenge. Children will spend approximately a month exploring, investigating, designing, and building a model made with LEGO bricks on a 15” x 15” base plate. In conjunction, teams create a “Show Me” poster that depicts the teams’ experience during this process, through drawings and words.
BRICKschoolers team shirts and an edventures membership are required for all of HCECF's lego programs.
The Edventures Robotics Challenge (ERC) is an exciting engineering challenge program that can be used throughout the year by members of the Edventures Learning Network. HCECF offers this online curriculum to its members.
ERC is designed to complement and enhance other academic challenges and competitions. This program can be used at any time throughout the year to generate enthusiasm, prepare students for problem solving challenges, and create a real-world teamwork scenario for students to experience.
Each challenge is an engineering problem/challenge that needs to be solved in 6 hours by a group of students. This challenge becomes available for participants during the designated week of the challenge (there are a number of possible days to choose from). On the day your team selects to participate, you log in to Edventures and open the challenge. Once your team accesses the challenge, your timer begins! You and your team will have 6 hours to complete the challenge and upload pictures and text documenting your solution. Facilitators are responsible for imposing strict time guidelines to ensure fairness. All challenge solutions become available for viewing once the designated week for the competition ends.
Little robots, Big Missions
A Competition Motivating Young Minds to Master the Machine
Robofest is an annual autonomous robotics competition for students in grades 5 - 12. Robofest challenges teams of students to design, build, and program robots to compete in playful missions and exhibitions. Students have fun while learning computer programming, engineering, math, and science. Robofest is a program of Lawrence Technological University, Southfield, Michigan, USA.
Teams can compete in the following categories:
The HCECF SECME team was a new program for HCECF in 2006/2007. HCECF kids achieved a first place, a second place and an honorable mention in events at this competition their first year. This year, 2008, the HCECF kids recieved a 3rd place award.
Science Olympiad is a new program for HCECF in 2008. We had a great time at the May 2008 A-2 competition. Looking forward to this years competition when we should be seeing both an elementary and a middle school team competing.
Odyssey of the Mind is another new program for HCECF coming in 2009. We look forward to seeing what the kids can do!