First Lego League

The mission of the First Lego League (FLL) is to get kids (aged 9-14) excited about science and technology, and encourage them to create innovative solutions to real-world problems.

FLL operates under 8 core values:

  • 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!

We offer two ways for local children to participate in Haslett Robotics Club FLL teams:

Competitive Robotics Teams: Children interested in this option are expected to attend all meetings (twice weekly) and travel to all competitions. Additionally, we expect all competition team parents to attend all competitions and contribute in a significant way during our preparations. This might include assisting with the research project, team spirit efforts, teamwork exercises, preparation of materials, assistance with logistics and other items. Preparing for and competing in these events takes a great deal of time, and in the interest of our children’s success, cannot be managed effectively by Coaches only.

According to FLL rules, teams can have a maximum of 10 children. We currently have three coaches, thus only 30 children maximum can be placed on competitive teams. We may accept fewer than 10 on each team, depending on the coaches’ discretion.

Our season runs from June to December, starting with weekly meetings in summer and ramping up to twice weekly meetings from September through early December. We typically attend 2-3 competitions each fall:

  • Practice competition, mid-late October (usually in Flint)
  • Regional competition, mid-late November
  • State competition (if teams qualify), early-mid December

Recreational Robotics Teams: Children interested in this option work on programming and learn about the FLL theme, but do not travel to competitions. The Recreational teams typically meet one night per week. This allows children with limited schedules, or who may be too young for an FLL team, to learn about robotics and computer programming without making a full commitment to a competitive team.

The recreational teams meet on the same season schedule, ending in early November.

All children who successfully complete the season receive a team t-shirt. Thanks to our corporate donors, we have been able to keep participation free for all interested students.

Parents interested in signing their children up for club should email us at We accept new members on competitive and recreational teams until mid-July, at which time we create teams from those who have committed.

FLL Awards and Achievements, 2015

GearGirls (Coach: Christina DeJong. Assistant Coaches: Sona Ashith and Carla Davidson)
Winner: Programming, Outstanding Coach/Mentor (Qualifying Tournament, Grand Rapids)

Gear Heads (Coaches: Jeff and Deb Gilbert)

LEGO Storm (Coach: Dave Rothstein. Assistant Coach: Michele Loree)
Winner: Teamwork (Qualifying Tournament, Flint)

VIP Cats (Coach: Ben Mulka)
Winner: Innovative Solution (Qualifying Tournament, Grand Rapids)

Weapons of Math Instruction (Coach: Todd Wilson. Assistant Coach: Joy Whitten)
Winner: Problem Solving (Qualifying Tournament, Detroit)

FLL Awards and Achievements, 2014

GearGirls (Coach: Christina DeJong. Assistant Coaches: Jeff Hummel and Sona Ashith)
Winner: Team Spirit, Gracious Professionalism (Practice Competition)
Winner: Gracious Professionalism (Qualifying Tournament)

LEGO Storm (Coach: Dave Rothstein. Assistant Coaches: Michele Loree and Kelli Rockwell)
Winner: Mechanical Robot Design (Qualifying Tournament)

Weapons of Math Instruction (Coach: Todd Wilson. Assistant Coaches: Liz Shawl and Joy Whitten)
Winner: Robot Design & Innovation, Outstanding Coach/Mentor (Practice Competition)
Winner: Core Values: Teamwork (State Championship Tournament)

FLL Awards and Achievements, 2013

GearGirls (Coach: Christina DeJong. Assistant Coaches: Jeff Hummel and Dave Trevino)
Winner: Core Values, Teamwork, Qualified for state championship (Qualifying Tournament)
Winner: Team Spirit (Practice Competition)

Men in Brick (Coach: David Rothstein. Assistant Coach: Michelle Loree)
Finalist: Core Values Inspiration (Championship Tournament)
Finalist: Core Values Inspiration, Qualified for state championship (Qualifying Tournament)
Finalist: Project Innovation (Practice Competition)

Weapons of Math Instruction (Coach: Todd Wilson. Assistant Coach: Liz Shawl)
Finalist: Project Presentation (Qualifying Tournament)
Winner: Robot Design (Practice Competition)

FLL Awards and Achievements, 2012

Dynobots (Coach: Angela Scott)
Qualified for state championship

GearHeads (Coaches: Todd Wilson and Mark Lachinet)
Winner: Programming Award (Qualifying Tournament)

RoboChickens (Coach: Mike Scott. Assistant Coach: Christina DeJong)

Weapons of Math Instruction (Coach: Steve Sneed)
Qualified for state championship
Winner: Project Presentation (State Championship)

FLL Awards and Achievements, 2011

GearHeads (Coach: Todd Wilson)
Winner: Overall Project (Qualifying Tournament)

RoboChickens (Coach: Mike Scott)
Qualified for state championship

Weapons of Math Instruction (Coach: Steve Sneed)
Winner: Project Presentation (Qualifying Tournament)


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