With our four local FLL teams, we learned that the gap between FLL and FRC is very daunting. To make the transition smoother, we developed a Junior Member Program for 7th and 8th grade students on FLL teams to shadow members of the FRC team and assist with the build in small capacities.
These select members are invited to join the team based on their participation and dedication on their FLL teams. This way, the students are learning the aspects of FRC before they become full members and the jump between levels of FIRST becomes less daunting.
In addition to inviting members from FLL teams, we sometimes stumble upon interested students in 7th and 8th grade well after the FLL season has started. Instead of making them wait to experience FIRST, they join our FRC Team as Junior Members.
If you are a 7th or 8th grade student and are interested in robotics, let our lead mentors know! Their contacts are found on our home page.