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Each new team will need $740 or more for registration fees,
and related costs. In addition they will need transportation to the
tournaments. See the sample team
costs for details. Costs for returning teams will be less
because most of their materials from the previous year can be used
Teams will often use a combination of approaches to underwrite their
Team member dues. Often a team will request that each team member contribute a certain minimum amount towards the costs of the team. Depending on the team and the ability of the team members to pay, each member might contribute from ten to hundred dollars.
Fundraising activities. Teams may decide to engage in fundraising activities such as car washes, garage sales, or bake sales.
Team sponsors. Often a local business or private individual will be interested in sponsoring a team. The sponsor may contribute part of the costs of the team. In addition the sponsor may want to help purchase team shirts or hats. The sponsor will often appreciate recognition on the team shirts, banners, etc.
LEGO has developed three robotics product lines based on research originally performed at MIT Media Labs. The kit introduced in the late'90's was called the Mindstroms Robotics Invention System (RIS) featuring an RCX. It used a special brick that contains a microcomputer called an RCX that can process input from three sensors and control three motors. The sensors include "touch" micro-switches, rotation counters, light detectors, and optional temperature and other types of sensors. The motors can be turned on in either the clockwise or counterclockwise directions at several different power levels. The motor outputs can also be used to turn on small lights. The sensors and a built in timer can be used to program decisions about what the robot should do next. The RCX kit is being phased out in favor of the new NXT kit released in the summer 2006. The RCX kit will be supported until 2009. The RCX kit, Team Challenge, is only available from LEGO Education.
In 2006, LEGO is introducing an updated version of the RCX kit called NXT. It will feature many of the sensors offered in the RCX kit and new sensors and features. An interesting new feature is the inclusion of rotation sensors in the NXT motors. The NXT kit will be sold at retail stores, LEGO.com, LEGOeducation.com and one NXT kit can be purchased when you register your time for FIRST LEGO League.
In 2013 LEGO Education introduced the EV3, the next generation of LEGO Mindstorm kit.
ORTOP does not run the summer camps or endorse any specific camp. Camps are listed as starting point for parents to investigate summer robotics/science & engineering opportunities. Summer camps are organized by outside third parties. Any questions about these camps should be directed to the camp directors.
For summer LEGO Robotics opportunities check with Saturday Academy and OMSI.
There are lots and lots of FIRST LEGO League and FIRST Tech Challenge videos posted at YouTube
NanoQuest Challenge at the 2006 State Championship at Liberty High
Watch a video of a NanoQuest table runs from the Intel Oregon FIRST LEGO League 2006 State Championship Tournament featuring: