A lifelong Oregon resident, Cody Gotchall studies through Linn-Benton Community College’s iLearn program. Maintaining an interest in math and science, he belonged to a robotics team while in high school and is interested in FIRST Robotics. Cody Gotchall also volunteered with the FIRST LEGO League.
As part of its mission to develop the next generation’s technology and science leaders, FIRST hosts a variety of mentor-based programs, including the FIRST LEGO League.
Designed for individuals between grades four and eight, FIRST LEGO League promotes science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). By using STEM concepts, participants are asked to research and solve a real-world problem related to areas such as recycling or food safety. Each FIRST LEGO League team consists of up to 10 students who are led and motivated by at least two adult coaches. All teams must have a public or private meeting place that has internet access, along with a standard Challenge Set and LEGO MINDSTORMS robot set.
Teams typically form and register between the months of May and October each year. The FIRST LEGO League season challenge information is released in August. Once the challenge is released, teams have a minimum of eight weeks to complete their project. Specific tournament dates vary by season. All team members and coaches must agree to meet at least once per week between the months of September and April. Some teams may also want to compete in off-season events, so coaches must have the free time to accommodate these activities as well.