Click on the link below for more details on Robotics Club and link to Extra Curricular Registration form:
Frequently Asked Questions
My child is in seventh/eighth grade. Should they sign-up for the FLL program or FTC program?
The FTC program is more challenging and competitive since club members will be competing against students from Grade 7-12. If your child is planning on attending a high school with a robotics program and is interested in programming or robotics as a career, FTC is the way to go.
How important is it that I volunteer?
Each program needs at least two coaches. If we don’t have enough coaches, that particular club will be cancelled for the year. Parent participation is essential for the program to flourish. And you can go down in Monticello history as one of the first coaches for the program and make a difference in the lives of your team! If that’s not enough, you get an awesome limited edition t-shirt too! :)
Do the Jr. FLL participants also compete?
No. They may participate at an event off campus and a few on campus later in the academic year to present their robot but that’s about it.
What kind of time commitment are we looking at here?
Initially, the clubs meet once to twice a week but as the competition deadline gets closer, you can expect that your child will be spending more time in the Green Screen/Robotics room to get ready! A more detailed schedule will be provided by the individual coaches. Suffice it to say, if your child is enrolled in a lot of other activities, you may want to reconsider joining the FLL or FTC program. The students will be working in a team and will be relying on each other heavily to accomplish their goals. If your child is not committed, they are not only letting themselves down, but also their coach and the whole team.
What kind of experience does my child need to participate?
No experience is necessary. The whole idea is to learn and grow together. What better way to learn about programming, engineering, science, and math than using your hands, collaborating with your peers, and putting your heads together to achieve a common goal? The only necessary ingredients are commitment and hard work.
Are all of the competitions for the FLL and FTC programs local?
At this point we are looking at 2-4 competitions for the team, one of which would be a qualifier for the national level competition. The qualifier will be the farthest event which may be a 2-3 hour drive. If the team qualifies then it’s off to nationals for the team. A detailed list of events for the 2014/2015 year will be provided to the team by the coach later this month. Keep in mind, not all competition dates are available yet but you will get plenty of notice.
Who do I contact for more information?
For additional information or questions, email me directly. I am currently overseeing each team and getting the programs off the ground. Once the club meetings have started, you can communicate with your coach directly.
When do classes start?
Mid October. Details to follow once the enrollment process has been completed.
Where do I submit the form?
Submit the completed form to the front office. Make sure to print your information very clearly.
Okay already! I signed my child up! What happens next?
You will receive an email or call to let you know if your child made the team based on space within the next few weeks. You may also receive a call for additional information from you or your child regarding the program.