Category Archives: FIRST LEGO League (FLL)

FIRST LEGO League Compatible Robot – Mark III

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This is third in a serious of FIRST LEGO League (FLL) Robot which can be made from a single LEGO Mindstorms EV3 (Home 31313) kit and a handful of other LEGO Technic Parts. It was built with the intention of being demonstration Robot that the team members of the Metal Minds Robotics Team I mentor could build at home with their own EV3 Kits.

This Robot is a development of the Mark II Robot with a number of refinements, and the addition of another Power Take Off point at the rear of the Robot. This later addition allows for two Powered Attachments to mounted on the Robot at one time. Another improvement which greatly improves the Robots Turn and Straight Line accuracy is the replacement of the Jockey Wheels with a pair of  “Angled Ball Joints“.

FLL Animal Allies: Climbing the Bio-mimicry Wall – Part II

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After setting my new 2017 group of FIRST LEGO Leage (FLL) Students the “Bio-mimicry Wall Climbing Task” from the 2016 Animal Allies Challenge, I thought I should prove that it is possible to achieve. The Bio-mimicry Wall Climbing Task requires having the Robot lift its self up upon a wall with no part of the Robot touching the Challenge Mat. Easier than it sounds…

FLL Animal Allies: Climbing the Bio-mimicry Wall with Robot

Animal Allies Logo

After setting my new 2017 group of FIRST LEGO Leage (FLL) Students the “Bio-mimicry Wall Climbing Task” from the 2016 Animal Allies Challenge, I thought I should prove that it is possible to achieve. The Bio-mimicry Wall Climbing Task requires having the Robot lift its self up upon a wall with no part of the Robot touching the Challenge Mat. Easier than it sounds…

Start Up & Run a Robotics Team

Have you thought about starting a robotics team or do your run one already but want to learn more. Let us show you how. Whether you wish to start a primary or secondary school team, or even an independent team like ourselves, we can guide you through the minefield of what you need to know and do.

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The day will cover:

  • What is FLL and FTC ?
  • The Robots (EV3 and Android).
  • Programming/building/design
  • The FLL and FTC Competitions.
  • Costs of running a team, what to buy, ongoing costs.


Places are limited and booking is essential. Please bring along your own lunch and drinks.

Metal Minds Robotics Inc. – Contact 0415866058

‘Metal Minds Robotics’ FLL Team are Winners & Grinners !

Thank you to the ‘Metal Minds Robotics’ team for a great FIRST LEGO League (FLL) Competition at the Tasmanian State Championships on Saturday 19 October 2016, held in Hobart. I trust everyone else enjoyed the day at least half as much as I did. It was fantastic to see our future Scientists, Technologists, Engineers, and Mathematicians putting their combined skills together for such a great out come.

FLL Robot from a single EV3 31313 Kit: Mark II

FLL Robot from a EV3 Kit
This is my second attempt at a FIRST LEGO League (FLL) Robot which can be made from a single LEGO Mindstorms EV3 (Home 31313) kit. It was built with the intention of being demonstration Robot that the team members of the Metal Minds Robotics Team I mentor could build at home with their own EV3 Kits.

Supporting the next generation of Mindstorms Robotics Engineers

For my son Anthony’s 11 birthday, and I presented him with his very own LEGO Mindstorms EV3 set. Previously he was using one of Dad’s LEGO Mindstorms EV3 or LEGO Mindstorms NXT Kits. It was as an early birthday present by a few days, as he needed to practice for the Tasmanian FIRST LEGO League Competition in mid November.

FIRST LEGO League (FLL) Robot from a single EV3 Kit

This is my first attempt at a FIRST LEGO League (FLL) Robot which can be made from a single LEGO Mindstorms EV3 (Home) kit. It was built with the intention of being demonstration Robot that the team members of the Metal Minds Robotics Team I mentor could build at home with their own EV3 Kits.

Team #27 ‘Metal Mind Robotics’ 2016 Launch

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Metal Minds Robotics Inc. team members 2016-17

‘Metal Minds’ Plot Course to Championships

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Mazes for Lego MindStorms Robots

There has been local interest in the new experimental International RoboCup “Rescue B” challenge introduced by the committee headed by Dr. Damien Kee. This was used as a demonstration event in the World RoboCup in Singapore in 2010, and I am told unofficially that it will be a competition event in Istanbul in RoboCup 2011. An important change from the traditional RoboCup Junior Rescue Challenge is the inclusion of a maze. In competition, this maze is reconfigurable, and hence can be a constantly changing new challenge to students.



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