Jr.FLL Update: Gracious Professionalism in Action,Jr.FLL Online Showcase,World Festival Expo & More!

Jr.FLL® Coaches:
àBrain Buster
What is the mission of FIRST®?
Our mission is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership.
Every season teams are given a research topic to learn more about so that their team model will be a focused building experience.  Sometimes, building with LEGO can be distracting and coaches feel overwhelmed with how to get their teams focused on the challenge theme.  We suggest setting goals with your team and having the kids come up with team goals so that they realize from the very beginning this isn’t just about playing with LEGO.
Some questions you can ask the team to help facilitate a goal setting meeting are: Are they going to go to an event? What do they need to accomplish before they can participate/attend? If not going to an event, how are they going to show off their work? What do they want others to see when they look at their model and Show Me poster? By having them create their own goals they are more invested in the outcome and getting the entire Challenge complete.  It is also very important to read through the Challenge document beforehand and prepare questions that will get the kids thinking about what interests them about the topic chosen for this Season Challenge.  
àGracious Professionalism(R) (GP) In Action
Gracious Professionalism is part of the ethos of FIRST. It’s a way of doing things that encourages high-quality work, emphasizes the value of others, and respects individuals and the community. With Gracious Professionalism, fierce competition and mutual gain are not separate notions. Gracious professionals learn and compete like crazy, but treat one another with respect and kindness in the process. They avoid treating anyone like losers. No chest thumping tough talk, but no sticky-sweet platitudes either. Knowledge, competition, and empathy are comfortably blended.
Has your team seen GP in action? Or, have you extended GP towards another team? If so, we want to hear from you!  Jr.FLL is looking for team acts of GP to use in an upcoming marketing piece. Please submit 2-3 sentences (max) of your team’s best examples of Gracious Professionalism to jrfllteams@usfirst.org.
àJr.FLL Online Showcase
The Online Showcase is just about ready for launch! We are very excited about this newest addition to the Jr.FLL program. It is going to be the best way to share your work with everyone and connect to other Jr.FLL teams from around the world!! Watch your email for more information on the launch of the website and how to access it.
àWorld Festival Expo
It is never too early to start thinking about this season’s World Festival Expo!  The Expo will once again take place in St. Louis in April.  Talk to your team now. Teams are chosen to attend via a lottery, so all interested teams are encouraged to apply.  The Jr.FLL World Festival Expo application is now posted on the events page of the website here:http://www.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/jr.fll/world-festival-application.
As always if you have any questions at all drop us a note atjrfllteams@usfirst.org.
àHelpful Links
Phone # 1-800-871-8326 x 0
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