Have a great resource for Southern Maine Gearbots teams and want to share it with us?
This page brings together resources from RTMA, FLLJr, FLL, FTC, and other online groups. Below are resources that are beneficial to both the Junior and Senior Gearbots Leagues. Check back for more information as the season progresses!
Southern Maine Gearbots Policies and Procedures
LDraw.org – LDraw™ is an open standard for LEGO®CAD programs that allow the user to create virtual LEGO models and scenes. LDraw is and always will be offered free of charge.
brickjournal.com – BrickJournal is a magazine that spotlights the many aspects of the LEGO Community. Events, people, and models are showcased in every issue, with a couple of surprises too! BrickJournal journalist Joe Meno is always found at the FLL® World Festival.
brickshelf.com – Cool LEGO building stuff.
peeron.com – More cool LEGO stuff, including a list of parts numbers and names; color chart, sets, building instructions (often old item no longer available on www.LEGO.com).
classic-castle.com – For LEGO castle aficionados.
bricklink.com – Premium venue for individuals and businesses from all around the world to buy and sell new, used and vintage LEGO® through fixed price and auction services.
brothers-brick.com – The Brothers Brick is a LEGO blog for adult fans of LEGO.
lugnet.com – International LEGO Users Group Network, a global community of LEGO enthusiasts. LUGNET unites LEGO fans worldwide through forums, web pages, and services.
Carnegie Mellon’s Robotics Academy – A great resource about robotics. Search for gears, gear types, LEGO gears.
How Stuff Works – This is a great site for explanations of how things work. It is not a curricula, and not specific to FIRST LEGO League, but has very good explanations of general engineering concepts. For example, How Gears Work, How Gear Ratios Work, and How Differentials Work.
Robot Track Meet Association (RTMA) & Maine Robotics
The Robot Track Meet Association & Maine Robotics are not-for-profits dedicated to providing Maine youth and teachers with mentored activities within the STEM fields, focusing primarily on robotics for its multidisciplinary coverage of science and its ability to provide timely and popular tie ins with today’s youth.
Southern Maine Gearbots follows the Robot Track Meet Association Track Meet Challenge Rules for our Senior League
Robot Track Meet Association (RTMA)
2019 Robot Track Meet Association Rules
Teams may select from the following challenges to compete in the District Meet:
- Slope Climber (Gold Standard, 60 degrees)
- Table Clearing Mission (Gold Standard, 8 cans in any trial)
- Delivery Mission (New course for 2019) (Gold Standard, 25 seconds)
- Fastest Robot (Gold Standard, 3.5 seconds)
- Strongest Robot (Gold Standard, 40 pounds)
- Ping Pong Shot Put (New rules for 2018) (Gold Standard, 20 points)
- Steeplechase (Gold Standard, 40 points)
- Walker (Gold Standard, 20 seconds)
NOTE: The following two events are not part of the Southern Maine Gearbots District Meet.
- Bridge Building – This event results in broken elements. Teams moving on to the State competition may participate in this event with their own elements/sets.
- Robot Speed Build – This event is for an individual team member. Members from Teams moving on to the State competition may want to practice for this event.
The RTMA has been lovingly created by Tom Bickford at Maine Robotics. Check them out for their Robotics Programs and Robotics Tutorials and Building guides for LEGO Mindstorms.
Maine Robotics Website
Maine Robotics Tutorials and Building Guides Page