LegoWolves Division 1st-3rd Grades
 

Registration System

Registration for the 2016-2017 season will open on August 1, 2016.
Use the Contact Us form for early summer program notification.

Any information collected during the registration system is considered to be confidential and will only be shared with others within the organization to ensure the safety and well being of the participants.

Division LegoWolves 2016-2017 Event Season
Who Any 1st-3rd graders as of September
Info Meetings
at Rotolo Middle School

Check out the Season Info Meetings page for more details on robotics.
The season info meetings are recommended for any one new to robotics who is considering participating in one of our divisions.

Group Meeting

Regular group meetings on specified Sundays. Schedule will be handed out at the first meeting.
1:00-3:00 pm Sunday, RMS/MP

Division Kick-Off Sunday 1-3; Date TBD
Location below at RMS.
Parents should plan to attend with members.

You must be registered and payment must be in processing in order to attend the kick-off meeting.



Where Rotolo Middle School (RMS)
1501 S. Raddant Road
Batavia, IL. 60510
Multipurpose room located in the southwest corner of the school Doors S2
PDF maps to location map1 map2
Season Cost $110.00 per team member
Registration Deadline

Registration deadline is September 3
Register and pay now to ensure a spot on a team.
Payment deadline is September 5th or earlier.

Registration

Please read the tips and faq sections below before doing the registrations.

The registration system is not open.
At this time, we are wait listing people.
If a slot opens up, you will be notified via email.

If you want to be wait listed, click here.

Registration Process:
1) Click here for the directions
2) Click here for the Registration System

If you have any issues with the registration process, please let us know.

Online Registration Time Saving Tips
We recommend that you read the "Frequently Asked Questions" section below before continuing to the registration screen. We have compiled these questions/answers based on prior years and should answer many, if not all, of the questions that you may have at this time.

The Directions for the registration will walk you through the step by step process. They should be kept open to assist with filling out the registration screens and making payment. Payments are by credit card or mail in check.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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Registration

What steps are involved with completing my registration online?

1) Determine your registration type:
a) Parent handling registration: you will be responsible for the family information, the children information, and for making the payment.
b) Parent not handling registration: this would be for the spouse or an adult (ex. grandparent) who shares the responsibility for the kids and wants to be on the mailing lists.
c) Student: this is for the kids who are old enough (usually 6th-12th grades), will want to communicate on the team forums, and has an email address.

2) Once you have determined your membership type, click on the link in the main section above to start the registration process.

Can I register more than 1 child at a time?

If you are the "Parent handling Registration", than you will register your kids who will be involved in robotics. Kids who are not involved with robotics will not need to be registered.

Are girls and boys allowed to join?

Absolutely. There is no restriction on either.

My friends are interested in joining, what should they do?

Tell them to visit www.bataviarobotics.com or www.foxvalleyrobotics.com for more information.
Invite them to one of our information meetings, or have them fill in the Contact Us.

Why  “Consent and Waiver Form”

Since we use the school to hold some of our meetings, it is a requirement that we have pertinent information available in the case of an accident. Accidents can happen, and we feel that this should not jeopardize the future of our Robotics organization.

What are the requirements for joining the LegoWolves?

You must be in 1st-3rd grade, want to have FUN, and enjoy building with LEGOs.

My child is in kindergarten, can I sign her/him up?

Unfortunately not. Sign up for early notification for next year.

My child is in 4th grade this September, can I sign her/him up?

Instead of the LegoWolves Division, check out our LegoDogs Division, which is a different challenge and more appropriate for the age group.

My browser crashed before I was able to hit save or submit on the registration screen, what do I do?

You will need to re-enter the data in the registration system if you were not able to press the save or submit button.

My child is not sure if he/she wants to join, what should I do?

Make sure you come to one of the information meetings. Talk to one of our members from a previous year. Ask questions and get the answers that you need.
Sit down and talk to your child seriously about the commitment which needs to be made to this, and the benefits which they will encounter. Send us an email and let us know your concerns.
Once you determine robotics is a great choice, complete the registration and payment process.

I filled in the family registration last year, do I have to do it again?

Yes. Since we are beginning a new year, all forms need to be filled in again to ensure accuracy and the Consent form needs to be agreed upon.

What does the registration cost cover?

The registration cost covers almost everything for the competition season. It includes the national and state registration fees, a t-shirt, snacks and refreshments at the group meetings (if applicable), a team challenge budget, parts and materials replenishment, and the robotics general funds. Misuse or abuse resulting in damaged pieces will be charged for appropriately.
The registration cost does not cover field trips if there are any costs. We don’t know what the challenge is going to require and we leave field trip decisions until the season begins.

I have a financial issue?

We understand the economics of the time. Please contact the head coach for available options.

I understand that my overall  registration cost can be lowered, how is this accomplished?

Included in the registration cost is one (1) gift cards. These cards can be used at the designated local establishments for discounts. Each card retails for $10.00. You can give it away as a gift or sell it for $10.00. If you sell it, the money is yours to keep; this lowers the registration cost by $10.00.
If you want to or can sell more cards, contact us for details.
Cards should be available at the end of September and are good for one (1) year.

Why don’t you allow kids to join after October 1?

National and state registration closes September 30, and we require teams to be formed and all fees to be collected.
There have been some situations in the past where kids are allowed in past this date for extenuating circumstances. This would need head coach approval and then team approval where the child wants to join.

 

Team

How many kids are on each team?

4-6 kids per team (average)

How am I assigned to a team?

Your registration application, home location, age, grade, experience, etc
On the registration system, there is a space to indicate if you would like to be assigned with someone.

How often does the team meet?

The group meets on Sundays from 1-3 pm.

This is a good time to work on the model and the show me poster.
Individual teams will want to meet one more time during the week or every other week in order to work on the other aspects of the season. Locations and times are left up to the individual teams and are based on getting all the team members together at a convenient location in coordination with parents’ schedules.

My child won’t be able to make all the meetings, is this a problem?

Not necessarily. Communication between your child and the rest of the team becomes important. Let them know your schedule and your ideas for that day.

Will my child’s opinions be listened to?

Every opinion is important. There is no “I” in the word “team”. The team decides on what and how things should be done.

What about robot materials?

The organization provides all the robot materials to each team to use and return at the end of the season.

My child has his own Lego kit, can that be used?

Talk to the team or head coach.

 

Season Information

Tell me about the season?

The LegoWolves season begins at the end of August and goes thru January.
August – challenge is announced
September – kick off meetings
September - January – team dynamics, model, and show me poster
February - open house and recognition

 

What is the event challenge for the season?

Every year a new challenge is created which hinges on a world topic. We don’t know all the rules and regulations of the season until it is released.

How is the event scored?

There are 2 categories of scoring

  1. robot model
  2. show me poster

What is the robot model?

Create a Model that fits within a 15" x 15" footprint.
Design a Model made of LEGO® parts. Typically, a team of six will use 400 to 1,000 LEGO parts during the season.
Must have at least one motorized moveable piece on the Model.
Design a simple machine using LEGO ramps, levers, pulleys, gears, wheels and axles, screws, or wedges and incorporates this into their model.

What is the show me poster?

Create a Show Me Poster using a flat poster board or tri-fold presentation board.
Use words, drawings, photos, and small objects to tell about what they have learned during their Challenge research.
Show where they hunted for answers and describe the people they spoke with on their journey.
Describe their Model and simple machine.
Tell about the team itself.

How is the subject/topic chosen?

Based on the rules and requirements for the season, the team determines the research topic.

My child has never presented before, is this a problem?

Not at all. We review with the children what is going to happen.

Explain an event?

An event is a celebration and the culmination of the time and all the hard work the kids have put in. Teams and members will be acknowledged, and if the event so determines, awards may be given out.

Can you explain the field trips?

We go beyond the normal internet searching when it comes to the competition season. Field trips are planned which coincide with the challenge topic to give the kids a further understanding.

 

Parent Involvement

Why is parent involvement necessary?

We can’t do it alone. Our organization keeps growing and expanding every year.
Remember, this is a not-for-profit organization and that we are all volunteers. Parent involvement is critical to the success of the organization and the success of your child’s team. Team = kids + coaches + parents.

What level of involvement is required from me?

That depends on you and your child’s team.  It seems as though we are all trying to catch up at the end of the day. Remember that the success of your child’s team also involves the parents. Parents provide a sense of logic, scheduling, maturity, car pooling/chauffeuring, and sounding board among other things.

How can I help out my child’s team?

You decide –
Parent / Supervisor
Mentor
Coach / Assistant Coach

How can I help out the division or the organization level?

We are always looking for help at the division and organization levels. The time commitment is not great, and the rewards are gratifying.
If you would like to help out (ex. snacks, planning, meetings) or have some special talent (ex. accountant, writer, web design), let us know.

What if I know someone who would like to be a mentor?

Have them contact us. We are always looking for professionals to work with the kids every now or then or on a regular basis.

I can’t be a coach or an assistant coach; I’m not technical!

Some of our best coaches and assistant coaches in the past have been the non-technical people. Adults have special talents which have a need on the team. The kids can do the programming and building, which they love to do.

I’d still like to know something technical so that I’m not in the dark (and I know what my kid is talking about).

We hold special meetings for our parents during the competition season to help with their teams. An adult programming class is offered by us to facilitate understanding what your child is doing and working with.

 

Organization

Briefly describe the organization?

The organization consists of multiple divisions which are monitored by an Executive Committee which reports to the Board of Directors. The President of the organization is in charge of the day to day operations  with multiple committees and reports directly to the Board.

Tell me about the administration of the organization?

All people involved with the organization are volunteer, non-paying positions. Most of the people hold full time jobs outside of robotics and keep involved for the good of the kids, organization, and community.

What is the history of the organization?

Batavia Robotics – established in 2002
Fox Valley Robotics – established in 2007
Fox Valley Tech Ed Foundation – established in 2008

What is the purpose of the organization?

To provide a fun learning environment which encompasses sciences and engineering for kids in 1st-12th grades.

What are the different divisions?

LegoWolves - 1st-3rd grades
LegoDogs – 4th-8th grades
Coyotes – 8th-12th grades, consisting of two different robot platforms

How long have the LegoWolves been around?

Since 2012

What robotic organizations do you participate in?

www.usfirst.org
www.vexrobotics.com

What are the benefits of these organizations?

Their ethics and philosophy are applicable to all people.
Colleges and universities recognize these programs and in turn, some will offer scholarships to participating members. Last year there were over $20 million worth of scholarships available to the kids who participated in these robotic programs.

What other activities do you partake in?

Community outreach
School demonstrations
Annual recognition dinner
Fundraising
Recruiting

I know someone who wants to donate to the organization, what do I do?

We are always looking for donations, be it monetary or other. Computers, supplies, tools, Lego pieces, and storage are just few of the items always being looked for. If you have or know someone who has any of these, please contact us.

 

Payment Information

What forms of payment do you accept?

Credit Card or mail in check.

My browser crashed before I was able to get to the payment, what should I do?

Sign in to the registration system and make the appropriate payment.

How will I be informed that my transaction was successful?

You will receive a confirmation.

After registering and paying online, what do I need to do?

Check the online system and make sure that the payment has been recognized.

Financial Assiatance

A limited amount of scholarships are available for those who are in financial need. If a child wants to do robotics, we will make it happen somehow. Contact us for more information

What is the Refund and Cancellation Policy?

All payments are not refundable.
FVR reserves the right to refuse a person from participating in a Division. Registrants will be offered a full refund if this occurs.

 

Contact

What if I need some more information or have some concerns?

Send an email to info?foxvalleyrobotics com (change the ? to an @, and replace the blank space with a period before com)

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