Greendale Robotics Team to Worlds

WOW! Our First Lego League Robotics Team is Advancing to the World Championship!

Our Journey to Worlds

Our team, consisting of 5 middle school students, began brainstorming project solutions in June of 2017.  Competing at Regionals in November and earning the First Place Champion award, the team moved on to Sectionals in December.  There we won the 2nd place Champion Award. We reached our goal of competing at State in February of 2018, where we won the 2nd place Champion Award for the State of Wisconsin. We are humbled and excited to be one of two teams to represent Wisconsin at the World Competition in April. Over 32,000 teams from 88 countries competed in FLL this year. We will be 1 of 200 teams selected to compete at the world level April 24-29, 2018.

What is FLL?

First Lego League teams research challenges facing today's scientists and engineers. Through FLL,  team members develop a variety of skills including critical thinking, public speaking, leadership, programming and mechanical design.  Then teams compete in three categories: Robot Game, Project, and Core Values.

Robot Game:  Teams build and program an autonomous robot to perform a series of missions. Mechanical design, strategic planning, and programming skills are used to maximize points earned in this category.


For this year’s project theme, Hydro Dynamics, team members were tasked with learning all about water - how we find, transport, use or dispose of it.  Our team focused on studying combined sewer overflows, or discharges of untreated wastewater into lakes and rivers during heavy rains. After months of field trips, research, and talks with local professionals, we designed an app-controlled rain barrel, the E-Barrel. This will be the only known rain barrel to reduce combined sewer overflows.  


Core Values: Encouraging teamwork, respect, and gracious professionalism, the core values category challenges to teach participants that more can be accomplished as a team than individually.  Our team participated in several community outreach events this year to inspire others to get involved in FLL.

How Can You Help?

Attending Worlds, and continuing to improv
e our robot and project, will require a budget of $12,000. 

Tournament Registration: $1000
Robot Kit and Parts:           $1,000
Team Computer:                      $550
Prototype Supplies:               $400
Costumes and Props:            $150
Printing Costs:                      $1,100
Booth Display:                          $750
Trade Show Items:              $2,000
Travel (Food Hotel Gas)  $4,750
Uniforms:                                    $300

Total:                                       $12,000

If you prefer to donate by check payable to "FLL Team 23247" or require a tax-deductible donation, please email [email redacted] for mailing information.

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