FIRST LEGO League Fall 2004 Competition

Notice: In the Fall of 2004, The Los Altos Robotics Community organized to form Los Altos Robotics!  Los Altos Robotics is focused on bringing robotics to the children in our community and is doing so by helping teams form, coaches with coaching, team members and coaches with robotics, and by putting on competitions.  Learn more about these LosAltosRobotics.Org.


I put this page together for the fall of 2004 FLL competition season to advertise the FIRST LEGO League to students and parents at my local elementary school so the page is written with that in mind.  Since it also provides a quick overview of the program and gives links to other resources, it should be helpful for those interested in finding out more about the FIRST LEGO League.

I have also added a section for those interested in starting a team of their own.

2004 Season Results

Quick Index To my FLL pages

Brief Description of FLL

FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), and LEGO® MINDSTORMSTM have joined forces to bring you the FIRST LEGO League (FLL). This exciting, new program introduces kids ages 9-14 to the wonders of science, math and technology in a fun and engaging way.

An extension of the High School Robotics Competition, FLL pairs an academic challenge with a sports-like playing field where kids invent independent robots. Using the LEGO MINDSTORMS Robotics Invention System, teams of students, teachers, engineers and parents receive a Challenge which is different every year. Each team is then responsible for the design, construction, programming, and testing of their robot to compete in the Challenge.

The LEGO MINDSTORMS Robotics Invention Challenge Kit includes over 700 LEGO pieces, motors, light and touch sensors, gears, a CD-ROM including the RCX code programming environment, and an infared transmission tower to download the program directly into the robot.

The heart of the LEGO MINDSTORMS set is a micro-computer mounted inside a super-sized LEGO brick. This is called the RCX and is the brain for each invention.

The Registration Deadline is August 27, 2004:

August 27, 2004 Deadline for joining a team organized by Michael Schuh
May - September, 2004 Team Registration for teams not organized by Michael Schuh.  Anyone can form a team.  Register it by going to the FIRST FLL website
August 1, 2004 Robot sets begin to ship to registered teams
August 16, 2004 Challenge Sets begin to ship
September 15, 2004 Challenge announced
September 30, 2004 Team Registration Closes at the national level
September - November Challenge Season (12 week research , designing, building, programing, and testing phase)
October 17, 2004 Los Altos Scrimmage at Blach School
November 20, 2004 Los Altos Local Competition at Blach School
December/January Northern CA State Tournament in San Jose.  NOTE: The state competition still needs a sponsor and some more organizers.  See their web page at for more information.

Sign Up Information:  I need to know how many children in grades 4-8 (and 14 year olds) are interested and how many parents are interested in helping by volunteering their time and/or financial support.

Starting Your Own Team:

Several people have found this page and asked me for advice on starting a FLL team at their school or community.  Teams are often associated with schools but they need not be.  Teams can be started by any group or collection of children and adults.

For More Information:

Frequently Asked Questions:

Results From Previous Years

Changes Log:

17 Jun '05
Put in note pointing to LosAltosRobotics.Org and Changed Counter
22 Nov '04 Added results for 2004 Local Competition.
26 Sep '04 Added link to Skye Sweeney's FLL Page
23 Aug '04 Added FIRST LEGO League Common Email Questions link.
21 Aug '04 Added index at the top of this page.
10 Jun '04 Updated for 2004 Season.
09 Jan '04 Changed email contact.
23 Nov '03 Added results from 2003 Los Altos Local Competition
1 Sep '03 Updated costs in FAQ.  Put in link to teams and kits page.
1 Aug '03 Updated for 2003 season.
25 Aug '02 Updated sign up information.
17 Aug '02 Added Sign Up information page.
9 Jun '02 Updated some 2002 season dates and put in a better registration link.
27 Apr '02 Added Robotics Learning link.
13 Apr '02 Updated for 2002 season.
24 Jan '02 Added FLL team support contact information.
23 Jan '02 Added Starting your own team section.
24 Aug '01 Updated for 2001
31 Mar '01 Updated information links and added introduction statement.
21 Aug '00 Updated for 2000
8 Sept '99  Original Version

This is the  visit to this page since 6 September 99.