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2011 Food Factor Challenge

“Keeping Food Safe"

Releases September 2, 2011 12 pm ET

2011 Food Factor Challenge is finally unveiled on September 2. The challenge contains 3 parts: FLL Core Value, the Robot Game and the Research Project.

Can FIRST® LEGO® League teams improve the quality of food by finding ways to prevent food contamination?   In the 2011 Food Factor Challenge, over 200,000 9-16* year olds from over 55 countries will explore the topic of food safety and examine the possible points of contamination our food encounters – from exposure to insects and creatures, to unsterile processing and transportation, to unsanitary preparation and storage – then find ways to prevent or combat these contaminates.  In the Food Factor Challenge, teams will build, test, and program an autonomous robot using LEGO® MINDSTORMS® NXT to solve a set of Food Safety missions as well as research, develop, and share their innovative food safety solutions.  Throughout their experience, teams will operate under FLL’s signature set of Core Values.

FLL Teams
Our meetings are typically on Saturday or Sunday. Two hours per week from September through January. Teams will be spending one hour doing Robotics, and one hour working on their Research Project. Visit our Schedule for more details.

The teams will compete regionally in mid January, and if qualified, the team will continue to compete in the NYC Championship in March (at the Javits Center)
For teams that don't get qualified at the regional tournament, the season ends in January.

All our coaches are volunteers who are generously donating their time to help guiding the team through the FLL season. Each team will have one head coach and one or more assistant coaches, parent volunteers are always welcome!

What you need to bring

  • Pen or pencil
  • Notebook
  • Measuring tape
  • Folder

All Robot kits and laptops will be provided to the teams. You do not need to bring your own laptop nor robots. However, parents often ask about where to purchase a Robot set for home use, please visit our "where to buy NXT Robot" page for details.

Each session there will be a min of 4 laptops available for a max of 8 kids (per team) to share. Each team will have 2 brand new robot sets, and 1 to 2 older sets from previous season. Officially, each team should only have one final robot design. Thus the team members will collaborate throughout the season and refine their different robots parts into one final design that they will use for the competition. Multiple copies of the same robot design can be built as backup robots for the team.

File Storage will be saved into Dropbox folders onto the club laptop. If you wish to save a copy of the robot codes for yourself, bring a USB key or request sharing access to the team's dropbox folder.

WiFi access will be provided to club laptops. Internet will only be used for team research work, not for other use. (such as playing video games.)