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And so it begins . . . the 2006 Nano Quest Challenge has been released, as of Friday September 15th at 12 noon.  The FLL Forums are now open, and will be increasing active as time goes on.  Also, the important Q & A section should be checked frequently, to see official clarifications and interpretations from FIRST.  Let the games begin!

We will post the 2006 challenge as a single document to make it easier to print - download 2006 Nano Quest Challenge.pdf (Adobe Reader format) or 2006 Nano Quest Challenge.doc (Microsoft Word format)The contents of this document will be identical to those at the FLL challenge website, and all rights are reserved to FIRST.

We have posted photos and pictures of the mat and structures, and a preliminary 2006 challenge scoring sheet from head referee Jack Gregory.

We have our Coaching 101 presentation posted on our Resources page (not yet updated for Mindstorms NXT).  Also, note Skye Sweeney's Coaches Primer posted on his website.

Also, note that Skye Sweeney's famous UFAQ (Unofficial Frequently Asked Questions) website is now open for this season.  It is an incredible resource to rookie and experienced teams alike.  Especially note his summary of this year's rule changes.

To log into the forums, you must first create your team as a new user (note - the access code is at the lower right corner on page 97 of your new FLL Coaches' Handbook).  This year's FLL policies (also on page 97) emphasize that all access should be supervised, with an adult present while the team accesses the forums.

The nine missions (with point values):

Individual Atom Manipulation 30 or 40 points
Smell max of 30 points
Stain-Resistant Fabric 15 or 30 points
Atomic Force Microscopy 40 points
Self-Assembly 30 points
Smart Medicine 50 points
Nanotube Strength 20 or 40 points
Molecular Motor 40 points
Space Elevator 40 points
Bonus items - dirt pieces (each, 8 total) 3 or 5 points
Fairness Bonus (3 missions with points for RCX, 6 missions with points for NXT) 20 points
Maximum points . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 400 points

Nano Quest FLL Challenge for 2006

“Exploring existing sciences at the molecular level”

There is a new frontier that will impact every facet of society, from medicine to computers to the environment. As visionaries and scientists, the 2006 FIRST LEGO League teams will explore unimaginably amazing new technologies that start in the Nano world and lead to the things we do and use every day.

Teams will discover the secrets of everyday stuff through this cutting edge field of research, where carbon Nanotubes, Buckyballs, molecular motors and quantum dots will be considered part of daily conversations. Sure it sounds like science fiction, but the future has arrived!

Description:


Imagine a wire as thin as a toothpick that lifts a car off the ground...
Imagine clothes that never get dirty...
Imagine a world where gravity doesn’t matter...
Imagine a fleet of programmed molecules that find and kill cancer cells, leaving healthy cells alone…
Imagine going into space on an elevator made of tiny tubes...

What do all of these have in common? Nanotechnology!

FLL teams have been to space, searched the oceans, and explored ways to help humankind. We now zoom from the world we know, through a super high-powered atomic microscope, to the strange world of individual atoms. Here, in a world 100,000 times smaller than the thickness of a strand of hair, everything jumps and shakes.

As visionaries and scientists, FLL teams will explore unimaginably amazing new technologies that start in the Nano world and lead to the things we do and use every day.

FLL teams will discover the secrets of everyday stuff through this cutting-edge field of research, where carbon Nanotubes, Buckyballs, molecular motors and quantum dots will be considered part of ordinary conversation.

Sure this sounds like science fiction, but the future has arrived! It's a very small world with big ideas and big debates…


If you are interested in forming an FLL robotics team with the Sharon Youth Robotics Association, come to our organizing meetings on Wednesday, September 6th and Tuesday, September 12th.  The meetings will be held at the Girl Scout House at 11 Station Street in Sharon MA, from 6:00pm to 7:30pm.



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