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North Texas Qualifier World Class Robot Game Scores

Here are reported top scores from the North Texas December 2014 FLL Qualifiers:

UTD UME FCA Parish Nolan Chapel ATC Trinity
342 328 355 477  195  231 230
270 310 205 155*  171  195 205
257 195 158 140*  150  180 160
180 165 155 125  145  180  155
175 165 145 115  140  155  150
155 155 140 110  140  154  145
145  152 120 110  135  135  145
125  145 120 105  125  125  138
120  125 110 100  120  125
115  110 105 95  115  105
115 90  100

Asterisks denote cbd products that did not advance.

Please feel free to email us more scores if you know them, or post them on the North Texas FLL group.

Welcome 2014 North Texas FLL Teams and Coaches

Today was the official release of the FIRST LEGO League 2014 Challenge (“World Class”), and the Republic of Pi is looking forward to another exciting season!

If you’re a new coach or a rookie team, we welcome you.  We know you probably have a lot of questions and uncertainty about FLL, and we’re glad to help wherever we can.

As in previous years, our team is maintaining a resources page with links and copies of documents relating to the North Texas regional FLL tournaments.  The page is available at, or you can follow the links in the “FLL” menu above.

We create and maintain the resources page so that all of the announcements and files that come up over the season are available to us in one place.  But it’s also useful for others and we like to share resources freely.  If you think of anything else that would be helpful to keep on the page, please let us know!

Be sure to also join the North Texas FLL Google Group, as there are often many helpful announcements and discussions taking place there, and it’s an excellent place to ask questions.

Have a great World Class season!


FLL2014 – North Texas “World Class” resources

Updated: Last updated: November 12, 2014 at 17:34 pm

On this page we keep links and references to various North Texas FIRST LEGO League competition resources, to make them easy for us and others to locate quickly later.  Where possible we try to link directly to official pages and notifications; but we’re definitely not the official source for any of this.  If in doubt — double check the official sources!

Feel free to suggest additional links or resources that should appear here, or to let us know of errors or things that shouldn’t be here.

North Texas regional competition resources:

Calendar of upcoming events:

  • Nov 14, 2014: Registration opens for Dec 6 qualifiers (10:00a-4:00p)
  • Dec 6, 2014: North Texas Regional Qualifiers
    • Fellowship Christian Academy, Dallas (south)
    • UME Preparatory Academy, Dallas (south)
    • University of Texas at Dallas, Richardson
  • Dec 13, 2014: North Texas Regional Qualifiers
    • Parish Episcopal School, Dallas (north)
    • Nolan Catholic High School, Fort Worth
    • Trinity High School, Euless
    • Advanced Technology Complex, Denton
  • Feb 14, 2015: Regional Championship, Parish Episcopal School

EV3 sets and other LEGO parts:

What are the Coach Clinics?

  • These are HIGHLY RECOMMENDED workshops held on Saturdays throughout September and October where different topics will be covered each session (see above for descriptions).
  • Clinics are lead by experts in everything FLL, including team management, robot building and programming, and how to do what your team will need to do to participate in official events.
  • One or two coaches/mentors and one team member are allowed to attend the clinics. If possible, the team member should be a key member who is responsible for what topic is being covered in the session he/she is attending.

Useful online resources:

Suggested hashtag for tweets, photos, and resources: #northtexasfll

Books and other helpful resources:


Events already occurred:

Other items:

What is Coach Kickoff?

(from Kristi Cantu @ Perot Museum)

  • These are introductory meetings/presentations where we go over everything you’ll need to know about participating in FLL this season.
  • There are two Coach Kickoffs–each coach/mentor only needs to go to one, AND IT DOESN’T MATTER WHICH ONE. ROOKIE AND VETERAN COACHES ARE WELCOME AT BOTH (disregard the earlier info about separate ones).
  • These are HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, especially for new coaches/mentors.
  • We will go over exactly how the events and competitions run (rules, policies, what to expect), and there will be Robot Game tables and fields set up with our awesome experts there to explain the Robot Game missions and rules.
  • It’s a great opportunity to meet the North Texas FLL community, get your questions answered in person, and figure out exactly what will be happening for us this season…also we’ll feed you…


Nature’s Fury 550 point run at World Festival

Here’s an annotated video of our team’s 550 point run at the FIRST LEGO League 2014 World Festival, which was good enough to earn 6th place in the Robot Game.  Veronica was the lead driver for this round, with Anthony handling attachments.

We were very pleased with the team’s and robot’s performance at the World Festival.  The team’s goal for the season was to create a robot that performed consistently well in the robot game, and at the World Festival all robot runs in practice and competition were over 500 points (scores were 562, 562, 520, 550, and 520).  Republic of Pi was the only team to score over 500 on every official robot run at the World Festival.


Team wins trophy at FLL World Championship

The Republic of Pi won 2nd place in Programming at the 2014 FLL World Festival!  Their robot “PiBot” also took 6th place in the Robot Game with a score of 550 points.

Eighty champion teams from 40 countries around the world competed in the FIRST LEGO League World Festival championship held in St. Louis, Missouri on April 23-26, 2014.

Thank you to the Perot Museum of Nature and Science and our other sponsors that helped us attend the championship!

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Republic of Pi wins at North Texas Regional Championship

Republic of Pi participated at the 2013 North Texas FIRST LEGO League (FLL) Regional Championship tournament at the Hockaday School on February 1, 2014. They won the 1st Place Champion’s Award and 1st Place in Robot Performance — the highest awards in FIRST LEGO League at the regional level.

The team now moves on to compete in the FLL World Festival in St. Louis on April 23-26. Thank you to the Perot Museum and everyone in the North Texas Region that volunteered and competed to put together a great regional contest!

Welcome 2013 North Texas FLL Teams and Coaches

Today was the first UTD Coaches Clinic’ for 2013, hosted again by Dr. Kenneth Berry. It was wonderful to meet so many new coaches and see another exciting year get underway!

If you’re a new coach or a rookie team, we know you likely have lots of questions and trepidation. We’re glad to help where we can.

As in previous years, our team is maintaining a resources page with links and copies of documents relating to the North Texas Regional FLL tournaments. The page is available at , or you can follow the “FLL” links in the menu above.

We create and maintain this page for our own benefit — to make it easy to have announcements and files all in one place. But we also know it can be useful for others, and we like to share it freely. If you can think of anything else that would be helpful to have available on the page, please let us know!

If nothing else, be sure to join the North Texas FLL Google Group — lots of announcements and helpful discussions take place there.


Team wins trophy at FLL North American Championship

Model Scout Robotics won 1st place in robot Mechanical Design at the FLL North American Open Championship! Our robot “Scoutbot Pi” also took 5th place in the Robot Game with a score of 480 points.

74 top teams from throughout the United States, Canada, and Korea competed in the tournament held May 17-19 at LEGOLAND California.

Thank you to the Perot Museum of Nature and Science and the other sponsors who helped us attend the tournament!

More details coming soon!

Model Scout Robotics wins at Harmony Robotics League tournament

The Model Scout Robotics team won three awards at the 4th Annual Harmony Robotics League tournament in Fort Worth, Texas, on March 30, 2013.  The team earned the Overall Champion award, 1st Place in Technical Judging, and 2nd Place in Robot Game Performance.

The tournament was held by the Harmony School of Innovation in Fort Worth and attended by twenty teams throughout Texas.  HSI Fort Worth has also posted pictures and a video of the contest.  Many thanks to HSI for hosting an excellent contest!

Winners at HRL 2013