FIRST Outreach in Atlanta

Aaron Liu and Aidan Liu presenting FLL Jr.

On Sunday, April 9th, we went to Atlanta to give a presentation on FIRST’s programs, ranging all the way from FLL Jr. to FRC. We aimed to inspire many more FIRST teams to be formed in the Atlanta area, particularly through the Chinese community, where we saw a large deficit in participation in robotics programs, specifically centering around FIRST. Before I go on, I’d like to give a brief shoutout to Juneflower, who graciously allowed us to host our presentation in their space.

Edward Li presenting FTC and FRC

Throughout the course of the event, presentations on FLL Jr. , FLL, FTC, and FRC were given. As many of our audience members were completely new to FIRST, we introduced the idea and vision of FIRST to them, along with information about why they should join FIRST programs. As a major focus of this event was empowering parents to become coaches and motivating forces for FIRST and robotics programs in their communities, we also discussed basic team structure as well as how to get started on each of FIRST’s different programs, while keeping unique considerations about each of the programs in mind.

However, the presentations themselves were not the notable part. After the event was hosted, a large level of involvement and interest were observed. Many took to social media, attempting to organize robotics teams based on their children’s ages and interests. We really look forward to the growth of FIRST programs in Georgia next year and wish all who decide to create or attend a team good luck throughout the season next year!

Anthony Li and Aaron Liu presenting FLL

Because of the level of observed interest, us at Kids2Kids are considering creating a series of videos describing concepts in robotics and FIRST, as well as recapping the event for all interested and those who were unable to attend on the date that we gave the presentation on. If you have any comments, suggestions, or questions about this upcoming idea, we would appreciate it greatly if you let us know! Good luck to all in the coming season!

Our FLL Team Won NJ State Project Presentation First Place

Every year from September to December is the FIRST Lego League (FLL) competition season.

Kids2Kids coached the Dragonite team in this season, which has done a wonderful job. First, in the Bergen Qualifying Tournament, they won second place in project and advanced to the New Jersey state championship. During the state competition in December, they won the first place in project presentation!

All of the team members worked very hard during the whole FLL season.

For FLL’s robot game, they built a very complex robot called the “3levator”, with its 3 elevator gear systems. The robot has two attachments, each of which can perform multiple missions inside one trip. It also uses three color sensors and one gyro sensor, making the robot’s movement more accurate. In total, the 3levator can earn up to 350 points.

In the Animal Allies project, they invented an innovative robot pet sitter called Pet Ball. The Pet Ball has three features: video chat, games for pets, and pet training. It takes care of your pet, entertains your pet, and exercises your pet, even when you aren’t at home. Additionally, the Pet Ball system is open to all developers, so they can create their own pet games and training activities for all pets to enjoy! As well as creating a solution, the team did tremendous research work on the issue of separation anxiety. They interviewed a vet and an animal shelter, and surveyed pet owners. Eventually, after researching and building a solution, they shared their project to Bloomberg, Montvale Animal Hospital, and even tested their creation with a real pet!

Way to go! Congratulations to the team Dragonite!

The Third Annual FIRST Lego League Coach Training

Time flew! It was already the time for our third year annual FIRST Lego League (FLL) coach training seminar.

Anthony Li demoing Lego Mindstorm EV3

Based on our experience from the last two years, we wanted to add more value for potential FLL coaches. Not only did we want to cover general information about the FLL competition, but we also wanted to show some Lego Mindstorms EV3 technical details, which would be really helpful for new coaches without experience in Lego Mindstorms. Anthony Li, a student who has six years of FLL experience, took this challenge. His great technical knowledge and public speaking skills impressed all the attendees. Everyone listened to his presentation and became excited to coach an FLL team.

Rong Xu presenting her FLL coaching experience

Rong Xu, a coach who has volunteered in FIRST for many years, shared her FIRST and FLL experiences and emphasized why FLL is important to everyone. Jenny Li, who has coached FLL teams for six years, told the potential coaches her inspiring FLL journey. The speakers went through all three parts of FLL and explained how they guided their teams throughout the competition season.

After coming in and listening to this year’s training, all of the new coaches felt confident about the coming FLL season.

Good luck, coaches and teams!

Expanding our Horizons

On Thursday, we visited a school called YiTu that teaches kids using LEGO in Beijing, China, where LEGOs aren’t as prevalent.


After exchanging greetings, we shared our experiences with LEGO. We IMG_6090talked about how we learned about FIRST in the first place, explained the FIRST family of robotics competitions, and shared how we teach LEGO robotics. More importantly, we talked about the life-changing aspect of FIRST robotics,
detailing how FLL (First LEGO League) had encouraged us to spread STEM concepts throughout our community, and eventually form Kids2Kids.

The teachers at YiTu were interested in FIRST’s robotics competitions, especially FLL Jr. We learned about their plan to use LEGO WeDo in their curriculum, and we were very excited to find out that they were interested in creating a FLL Jr. team and even hosting a FLL Jr. competition.


However, we’re especially excited for this opportunity because of the potential new robotics teams in China. We hope to be in touch soon, and we wish good luck to any new robotics teams!

Our second Annual FIRST Lego League Coach Training Session

Since 2014, Kids2Kids has organized FIRST Lego League (FLL) annual coach training seminars during the summer.

Jingru presenting in the FLL coaching training

Two FLL teams’ coaches have joined this year’s coach training efforts. HIPE team coach Jingru Wang talked about FIRST, FLL’s history, and how much effort is needed. The coach of George Washington Middle School STEM Club team Jenny Li presented about how to start a team and what an FLL tournament is like. Both of them shared their experiences about coaching their teams, and gave some tips to potential coaches about how to set their team’s goals, organize the team, solve team conflicts, and more.

Around 30 interested people attended this year’s coach training seminar. There were even two people who drove a long way from Washington, DC to join our training session. All of them were inspired by our two coaches, with than four teams have been formed as a direct result of this presentation. They all said, “This coach training session is really helpful!”

Coach, Jenny sharing FLL robot game with other coaches

Kids2Kids is delighted to see the very great impact.

See you all teams in the next FLL season! We hope all team members get a great experience!