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Dana Middle School Robotics Club


The Dana Robotics club operates under the Dana Association as an afterschool enrichment club.  The overseeing robotics league is called FIRST LEGO League. See www.firstlegoleague.org for more information.

Interested in joining the club?


Come to our Dana Middle School FIRST LEGO League team orientation night on Friday September 16th (6pm to 8pm) in room 228.  This year's challenge will include designing, building, programming, and testing a robot that uses it onboard sensors to score points on a "Animal Allies" themed competition field.  The teams will also prepare and present their own solution to a real world problem for a panel of tournament  judges.




FIRST LEGO league stresses sportsmanship and teamwork while teaching basic Science, Technology,  Engineering, and Mathematics  (STEM) skills that last a lifetime.


We will run the evening as an "open house" so families are invited to come for as long or short as they like to help them  make an informed commitment to joining one of our teams. by September 21st.




Participation donations to pay for uniforms and tournament competitions will be requested of all team members, but need based scholarships are also available.


For more information check out FIRST LEGO League at www.usfirst.org or email JD Morrison at mail4jdm@gmail.com.



The First LEGO League charges parents a fee for participation in the activity. The cost is aprox. $230.00 per student. We are asking parents of participating students to donate money to cover the costs of running this club. We have a scholarship program for students who are interested in participating but cannot afford to contribute to the cost of the program. We would like to thank the Dana Association for funding our scholarship program.

FIRST LEGO League Core Values

  • We are a team
  • We do the work to find solutions with guidance from our Coaches and Mentors.
  • We know our Coaches and Mentors don’t have all the answers; we learn together.
  • We honor the spirit of friendly competition.
  • What we discover is more important than what we win.
  • We share our experiences with others.
  • We display Gracious Professionalism and Coopertition in everything we do.
  • We have FUN!


  • All students at Dana are eligible to participate provided the following:
  • Must have the academic and conduct grades to participate in a school-related activity
  • Must be able to commit to the two practices per week, special events, and tournament on November 15, 2015 at High Tech High School
  • Must have a parent/ guardian capable of committing at least 4 hours of volunteer time as coach, assistant coach, mentor, subject matter expert, snack getter, etc.  That parent must read and abide by the 2015 FIRST LEGO League Coaches’ Handbook. Found at website.

Practice Sessions

There will be two distinct teams.  One will meet on Monday and Wednesday nights from 6pm to 8pm at Dana.  The other will meet on Tuesday and Thursday nights from 6pm to 8pm at Dana.

Special Events

These are events scheduled by the coaches throughout the robotics season.  The Regional Tournament will be held at High Tech High School on November 15, 2015.

Special Concerns

  • At every Robotics club meeting, there must be at least two adults serving as Coaches for the team.  There may be more parents at the club practices serving as mentors, subject matter experts, etc. but the work must be done by the kids.  The kids are to take the role of programming, leading, peer-to-peer instructing in accordance with FIRST LEGO League Core Values.
  • In the event that there are more kids that apply to a team than there are spots (each team can have a minimum of 3 kids and a maximum of 10), then there will be a lottery.  Only kids who meet the eligibility requirements will be allowed in to the lottery.  The lottery will be held by an independent, third party. 
  • To enter the robotics club (and lottery if applicable), please click this link to complete the online form no later than Friday, September 25th at 12:00 PM.

Any further technical information can found at the First Lego League website. 

The rostering (by lottery if necessary) will take place on Friday, September 25 and those students selected will receive notification via email only.  Those students not selected will receive an email stating such.  The first meeting for Monday/Wednesday club will be Monday, September 28.  The first meeting for Tuesday/ Thursday will be Tuesday, September 29.  At that first mandatory meeting, parents will select the two team coaches and will set out the remainder of the calendar with the end goal of participating in the regional qualifying tournament on November 15, 2015 at High Tech High.  There will be an opportunity for coaches to receive training and that will be solidified prior to the first meeting.