Can FIRST® LEGO® League teams improve the quality of life for seniors by helping them continue to be independent, engaged, and connected in their communities?
In the 2012 SENIOR SOLUTIONS Challenge, over 200,000 children ages 9 to16 from more than 60 countries will explore the topic of aging and how it may affect a person’s ability to maintain his or her lifestyle – solving issues like getting around, keeping in touch, or staying fit.
Teams will research obstacles and then suggest ways to improve the quality of life for the seniors affected. Teams will also build, test, and program an autonomous robot to solve a set of missions on an obstacle course. Throughout their experience, teams will operate under FLL’s signature set of Core Values.
The FLL Challenge has three parts: the Robot Game, the Project, and the Core Values. Each team's success will be based on how well they represent and demonstrate the Core Values as well as how well they complete the Robot Game and Project portions of the challenge. Click here to see a video (4 min) that gives a brief over view of the theme of this year's challenge.
Team Project and Robot Game
Teams find a senior partner and work with them to research a problem faced by today's seniors. They will create an innovative solution to that problem and prepare a presentation to present the solution. They will also build and program an autonomous robot using LEGO MINDSTORMS technology to score points in 2.5 minute matches on a themed playing field.
- Click here to view a PDF that details the Team Project (pages 2-5) and the Robot Game (pages 6-25), including Field Setup, Missions, and Rules.
- Click here to see a great video of the 2012 Senior Solutions Robot Game Missions (9 min).
- Click here to see a more detailed video of the Senior Solutions Challenge by Scott Evans, the designer (28 min).
- Robot Game Updates is a continually updated link that provides answers to questions about the Robot Game that participants, judges and referees have asked after the original material was published. Visit here often for official information that will be in effect at tournaments.
- Robot Game Scoring Sheet - Official scoring sheet for the Senior Solutions Robot Game (PDF).
- Combined Rubrics - Used in judging at tournaments (includes Core Value, Project and Robot Design).
The FLL Core Values are the fundamental elements that distinguish FLL from other programs of its kind. Participants learn that friendly competition and mutual gain are not separate goals, and that helping one another is the foundation of teamwork.
- 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!