FLL Florida - Northwest Region

World Festival team from Florida – Northwest Region!







We are very excited about this elementary FLL team and these High School FRC teams! They are all going to the World Festival Championship Tournament this week! Our regions first time ever to send an elementary school!

Download the mobile app to see the team schedule/line up. Be aware that sometimes the events run behind schedule: https://www.firstchampionship.org/event-app

Click this link and scroll to the “WATCH IT LIVE” link: https://www.firstchampionship.org/houston-home

FLL Jr Expo (K-4th grade) –
Friday, April 21, 2017
9:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Saturday, April 22, 2017
9:00 AM to 11:00 AM

FLL Game action (4th-8th grade) –
Thursday, April 20, 2017
7:00 AM to 5:30 PM
Friday, April 21, 2017
7:00 AM to 5:00 PM

FTC Game action (7th-12th grade)-
Thursday, April 20, 2017
7:00 AM to 5:45 PM
Friday, April 21, 2017
7:00 AM to 5:30 PM

FRC Game action (9th-12th grade) –
Thursday, April 20, 2017
7:00 AM to 5:30 PM
Friday, April 21, 2017
7:00 AM to 7:00 PM

2017 Okaloosa RoBotics Invitational Tournament (ORBIT)

Teams from Baker School, Bluewater Elementary, Davidson, Pryor, Ruckel, and Shoal River Middle Schools participated in the fourth annual Okaloosa RoBotics Invitational Tournament (ORBIT) on Saturday, April 9, 2017.

Overall results
1st  Davidson  20 points (2nd consecutive year!)
2nd  Shoal River  19 points
3rd  Pryor  11 points

1st  Baker
2nd  Ruckel
3rd  Pryor

1st  Davidson  only team to complete

Ball Shooter
1st  Shoal River
tie  Pryor
3rd  Davidson

1st  Shoal River
2nd  Davidson
3rd  Bluewater

Step Climber
1st  Ruckel
2nd  Davidson
3rd  Bluewater

Programming Challenge
1st  Shoal River
2nd  Davidson
3rd  Pryor


Coaches, look for ShutterFly album link in email sent April 9.

Check out these summer activities!

Click here to go to summer events listings!

Okaloosa launches middle-school robotics class

ARTICLE: CRESTVIEW—Laurie Allen’s tech lab at Shoal River Middle School looks more like a teenager’s bedroom than a traditional classroom…(cont.)


FLL Jr Expo at Striving For Perfection

On March 25th, eight teams from Okaloosa and Walton County participated in the 2nd FLL Jr Expo this season. Striving for Perfection was awarded the FIRST Foundation grant for WeDo 2.0 kits and initial registration fees. The City of Fort Walton Beach donated toward event fees and volunteered as coaches and reviewers along with others from the community. Space for more teams are available for the next Expo on June 24th at Striving for Perfection. Six training sessions are available from March 28 – April 2nd. Contact rick.soria@doolittleinstitute.org or beth.hanning@doolittleinstitute.org for more information and instructions on how to start a new team, visit the FIRST LEGO League Jr website: https://www.firstinspires.org/robotics/flljr

FLL Jr Expo at Walker Elementary School

On March 9th the first FLL Jr Expo of the season was hosted at Walker Elementary School. Students in grades K-4 demonstrated their motorized LEGO model, displayed their tri-fold posters, and answered questions about how they created their project. The FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) Team 2556, the RadioActive Roaches robotics team from Niceville High School demonstrated their competition robot which picks up balls and shoots them in the air.

Coach training at UWF in Pensacola

On March 4th, seven teachers from Santa Rosa County and three from Montgomery, AL learned EV3 and WeDo 2.0 programming along with FLL Mission Planning at University of West Florida in Pensacola.

Air Force Association STEM Day Workshops

Teachers from several counties gathered at the George T McCutchan Airport on Saturday March 25th to do stem activities and attend workshops. General McCutchan invited the group back on Sunday, February 26 to fly in World War II planes.

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FLL Coaches!

STEM Day at the Capitol
Save the Date! Doolittle Institute will be reserving some team booths at the STEM Day at the Capitol event this year. FIRST® presence at this event is always the highlight.
– Note from Terri Willingham: STEM Day at the Capitol, Tallahassee – April 11 – hosted by Orlando Science Center –  This is a great opportunity to get front and center of your legislators, and to help us keep the state funding support going.
If you would like to participate by bringing your team in to do a demonstration for part of the day, please let me know. More details will follow.
Mission Design Workshop (March 29th, 8:00 am – 12:00 pm, NWFSC)
Do you want to provide your students with a process for designing solutions to mission? Attend this workshop to receive a student workbook with an FLL Decision Making table for overall robot game strategies, a tool for students to design mission solutions, and a method for Pseudo Code generation. Register for this workshop by Friday, March 24th at this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/XQNF8YZ

Spring Break Camp
Please pass this opportunity on to your students. Emerald Coast Science Center will have camps over spring break. Students can sign up at this link: http://www.ecscience.org/springbreakcamp

·         Check out our grants link on the Resources page of our Florida-Northwest website. Now is a great time to gain support for next year: https://fllnwf.org/team-resources/
·         DOD STEM Grants: If your team has an adult mentor who is Military or Civil Service, you qualify to apply for the DOD STEM grant! Don’t pass this one up, each team who applied last year received over $300 toward FIRST® LEGO® League registration and to purchase their Field Kit. Applications will be sent out in April for next season.
·         The local chapter of The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) is filing for a grant to support new teams in the Florida – Northwest region. Teams that are from Title 1 schools and/or are located in rural areas have top priority please forward this information to teachers and other potential new FLL (4th-8th grade) or FLL Jr (K-4th grade) coaches. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/5W2G9RC. Neighborhood and/or homeschool groups should apply as well. We are partnering with AIAA in the application stage, but if they win this grant, we want to be ready to select those who will are serious about FLL and what to benefit. If AIAA does not get the grant, we have some used resources we would like to pass on to new teams so they can get started and perhaps hold their own summer camp. We are looking for more many more coaches to apply, so we have opened this survey back up.

FIRST® LEGO® League Jr Expos
·         Come watch our March FLL Jr Expos (information attached). There’s still time to form a team for the Summer FLL Jr Expo on June 24th. Coaches who have a team of 3 to 6, K-4th grade students can contact rick.soria@doolittleinstitute.org for more information.

Robotics Coach Academy
·         Save the date: June 27 – 29 (Please note: Date changed from previous announcement).  These slots will fill up fast! Standards aligned Mission Planning Strategies for FIRST® LEGO® League coaches. Overall strategy decision process, mission planning techniques; all in a workbook for students. This material is perfect if you want to hold your own summer camp in July! Look for registration information in April.

Kids on Campus: NWFSC, Niceville (Registration open April 17)
Introduction to Robotics (4th & 5th grade)
Learning computer programming with robots is fun and easy! Come learn to program a Mindstorms® EV3 robot that uses sensors and motors to pick up objects, follow lines, and stop before crashing into a wall. Perfect for students thinking about joining a FIRST® LEGO® League Robotics team!

There will also be a robotics camp for 6th – 8th grade, taught by Dan Hillard more details soon! Watch this webpage for registration information: http://www.nwfsc.edu/Community/ContEd/JuniorRaiders/KidsonCampus/

3D Printing Camp (7th & 8th Grade at NWFSC)
Week of July 24th. Registration to open in April.

Other Summer Camp Opportunities…
If you know of STEM and/or robotics camps in your area, please email this information to me. We will compile a list of what’s happening in STEM in Northwest Florida this summer page for any and all K-College STEM activities.

Beth Hanning
Director of STEM Education Outreach
Doolittle Institute

Florida – Northwest Region


FIRST LEGO League Florida Northwest Regional Championship

img_3243The top 16 teams out of 48 teams in the region competed in the FIRST LEGO League Florida Northwest Regional Championship on Saturday, February 18th.

The Tournament Champions, winning a bid to State and World Festival, were team 6351 Rockin’ Robotics, from Bob Sikes Elementary!

Also winning bids to the State Competition in Lakeland, Florida are:

  • 3735 STEMM Stingers
  • 8885 DMS Bricklayers
  • 18690 Turtle Robotics
  • 8882 Pantherbotz
  • 3748 STEMM Swarm
  • 25105 The TLRC Cool

Team 8885 DMS Bricklayers had the top Robot Performance score of 167.

Team 3735 STEMM Stingers were the 2nd place overall Champions. They will advance to the Razorback Invitational Tournament. They were also nominated to progress forward in the Global Innovation Award Competition for their Animal Allies Project.

More Results!


  • Research: 25105 – The TLRC COOL
  • Innovative Solution: 3735 STEMM Stingers
  • Presentation: 18690 Turtle Robotics


  • Mechanical Design: 18683 Artoo-Deetoo
  • Programming: 8885 DMS Bricklayers
  • Strategy & Innovation: 8882 Pantherbotz


  • Inspiration: 3606 Bane of Bionic Polar Bears
  • Teamwork: 20845 Mighty Mob of Mustangs
  • Gracious Professionalism: 18575 Covenant Knights