First Lego League - Robotics Challenge

Instructor: Ms. Hurley, HES Teacher

FIRST ® LEGO® LEAGUE is a competitive, team based program that allows kids to design, build and program their own robot made from a LEGO® MINDSTORMS®  EV3 kit. Teams also explore a real world problem facing scientists and engineers today, develop a creative solution and present that solution at a tournament. FLL spurs innovation & creativity, enhances communication skills, and promotes excitement in science and technology. Grades 4-8

This year's challenge - INTO ORBIT CHALLENGE!

Summary of the options currently available:


Meets once a week (Mondays) and competes in an in house tournament with other HES and perhaps other local teams looking for a "scrimmage." ( Made up of students in grades 4-8 with no experience or who have experience but who want a less rigorous experience.) Program runs on Mondays from September 24- until the in house competition in late November/early December. 
RECREATIONAL TEAM FEE: $250 Maximum: 10 Students

Space is limited!

This team consists of a more serious group of programmers, builders, problem solvers and creators who meet once a week go to the official competition at WPI (Likely to meet more often in the week or two before the competition). Made up of students in grade 5 and above with previous FLL experience. The competition team will meet on Fridays after school.  Program runs on FRIDAYS, September 21 (changed from 9/14) until the tournament in December.
COMPETITION TEAM FEE: $350 Maximum: 7 Students
(If there is enough interest, a second team may be added.)

Registration for either the Competition Team or Recreational Team is done online only.
Please contact Judy Cavanaugh, Community Education Coordinator at or 978-456-4118 if you have registration questions.

If you have specific questions about the actual program, please email

COMPETITION TEAM: Competition will be held at WPI (Worcester Poly Tech). Transportation is not provided. Parents are responsible for bringing their child to the competition.

PAYMENT: By check, payable to: Town of Harvard/Spectrum, delivered to Harvard Community Education, 39 Mass. Ave., Harvard (white house next to HES) or pay online through the Online Payment Center, use the Community Education, Spectrum option. The online option is an electronic check, the bank charges a 25 cent fee for each transaction. IF you choose to pay online, you MUST email a copy of your payment confirmation to: (registration will not be processed without payment). If you pay online and the class is full, reimbursement will be processed, you will receive a check within 3-4 weeks.

Class will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Refund Policy: Full refund is give when: A class is cancelled due to low enrollment OR The course requested is already filled. No other refunds will be granted.

If you have questions about a class/program, please contact the Community Education office at 978-456-4118 or email

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