FIRST LEGO League Robotics - Coaches’ Corner

Location: Room Tower View Lobby, Table 34

Participate and share

[Participate and share : Poster]

Tuesday, June 27, 1:15–3:15 pm
Location: Room Tower View Lobby, Table 34

Michael Graffin   Aaron Maurer   Louise Morgan  
Are you interested in LEGO Mindstorms robotics, engineering, and computational thinking? Come along and meet three robotics coaches from Australia and the United States, and learn how you could empower your students' STEM learning through the international FIRST LEGO League robotics competition (

Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices not needed
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Programming and robotics
Grade level: 6-8
Subject area: STEM/STEAM
ISTE Standards: Students : Innovative designer
Students : Computational thinker
Students : Knowledge constructor
Related exhibitors: LEGO Education , FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology)

Digital tote resources
Description: EV3Lessons - Programming & Robot Design Tutorials
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Description: FIRST Steps - Coaches' Guide (Recommended)
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Description: Iona Primary School Robotics Blog
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Description: FLL Starting Points
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Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Through attending this session, participants will
- Learn about pedagogical approaches & teaching resources available to support new LEGO robotics teachers & FIRST LEGO League (FLL) coaches.
- Explore the STEM learning opportunities afforded by the FLL competition, including students’ high-level research into a real world problem, public speaking opportunities, teamwork, and development of computational thinking.
- Explore recommended approaches to coaching a FLL season, including advice on mission strategy, project management, the engineering design process, and core values activities.
- Have the opportunity to learn how to program a LEGO Mindstorms EV3 robot.

Instructional strategies
- Students use online tutorials (e.g. to solve robotics challenges.
-During the competition, they use video conferencing tools to connect with experts as part of their research into the challenge theme.

Evidence of Success



We will display photos, student interviews (videos), and FIRST LEGO League learning products from our elementary and middle school LEGO robotics classes and competition teams in Australia and the United States.

Participants will have the opportunity to network with experienced FLL coaches and LEGO Mindstorms robotics teachers, who will share their advice, pedagogical strategies, and experiences for preparing students for the FLL competition.


Supporting research

Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy -

EV3Lessons -

Patterson, R. ( 2011). Teaching Computer Programming using Educational Robots.

Fernández Panadero, C., Villena Román, J., Delgado Kloos, C. (2010). Impact of Learning Experiences Using LEGO Mindstorms® in Engineering Courses

FLL Starting Points -

RoboDogs LEGO MIndstorms Summer Camp

RoboDogs and the Power for FLL Learning-

TechBrick Robotics -



Michael Graffin

Michael Graffin (@mgraffin) works as a FIRST LEGO League Robotics and STEM Teacher at a girls’ school near Fremantle, Western Australia. Michael is an ISTE Emerging Leader (2015), and a 2016 joint recipient of a prestigious LEAD Award from Catholic Education Western Australia. He blogs at and

Aaron Maurer, Mississippi Bend AEA

Aaron Maurer is currently serving as STEM Lead for the Mississippi Bend AEA and the Founder of a non profit called 212 STEAM Labs, Inc. He is an avid coffee consumer frequently spotted wearing bow ties searching for the that perfect cup of joe. You can find all of his work on his website Twitter @coffeechugbooks

Louise Morgan, Burleson ISD

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