Crestwood FLL Team

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In addition to its experimental FTC team, Crestwood Middle School is also home to two FIRST LEGO League (FLL) teams. The original team was founded in 2010. As with the other FLL teams, they attended the FLL competition at Grandville High School in both 2010 and 2011, and won the “Inspiration Award” for their team’s effort in 2011. Since the EKHS team was founded in 2010, it has provided and received assistance from all the middle school teams, including Crestwood, and students from the Crestwood FLL team can go through further robotics programs like the Crestwood FTC and EKHS teams. In 2012, a second FLL team was created because of the high number of students who wanted to participate.

The team meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:15 to 5:15 during the season.

More information on the FLL program can be found here, and the team’s school coach can be contacted at

Here are some pictures from the latest season:

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FTC – Crestwood – 2012-09-11


Main Issues Questions Max Points
Rings to pegs What type of robot movement is   needed? Speed, Force? How many motors are needed?
How do you align robot up with pegs?
Are there ways that the robot could be less procise?
Which spot has best value?
How to change levels of arm?
How to pick up ring from dispensor?
How to let go of ring?
Lift robot Assume that last years robot is   what you are trying to lift.
How would you build a robot to lift last years robot?
The goal is 24 inches high, start with 1 inches. Need to control center of Mass, most robots will be lopsided because of arm.
How to handle center of mass?
24 inches = 30 + 5×23 =   145
12 inches = 30 + 5×11 = 85
Multiplier How to determine heavier ring? 660*.2=132
Place ring on peg during autonomous How do you align robot up with pegs? 50
Blocking Is it worth blocking (Stopping in a position) to minimize scoring?