Project FAQ

Remember to read the Project document for all the details of this year’s FLL Project.

This page is the first place to go for answers to Project questions if you’ve already read the Project document.  You should also visit here often for answers to questions you never even thought of, because the postings here contain official information that will be in effect at tournaments.

Project support beyond this page is available directly from the Project Manager (Jinnel) at fllprojects@usfirst.org (usual response in 1-2 business days).

3 – CAN WE STUDY A TYPE OF STORM THAT IS NOT SPECIFICALLY MENTIONED ON THE LIST?
Clarification of Question 1 below: Extreme storms are a valid category of natural events for Nature’s Fury.  This would include the types of storms specifically mentioned (wind, sand, blizzard, or rain) as well as ice and similar severe atmospheric storms.  Please keep in mind that you should think about the extreme version of these natural events.  If your community has ice storms all the time, and everyone is prepared for them, then they do not cause a natural disaster.  However, a severe rainstorm, ice storm, or sandstorm in a community that is not prepared could harm many people and lots of property, so it could be considered a disaster.

2 – WE WANT TO LEARN ABOUT A PROBLEM THAT HAPPENS AFTER A NATURAL DISASTER (EX: AN OUTBREAK OF DISEASE CAUSED BY A FLOOD OR NATURAL GAS LEAKS CAUSED BY AN EARTHQUAKE).  IS THIS OK?
Yes.  If the problem you choose is somehow caused by one of the natural events on the list, then it is an acceptable problem for Nature’s Fury.  Remember to mention the original natural event to the judges at your tournament so they know your problem was caused by one of the forces of nature on the list.

- See more at: http://www.firstlegoleague.org/challenge/projectfaq#sthash.2Md1i7VR.dpuf

3 – CAN WE STUDY A TYPE OF STORM THAT IS NOT SPECIFICALLY MENTIONED ON THE LIST?
Clarification of Question 1 below: Extreme storms are a valid category of natural events for Nature’s Fury.  This would include the types of storms specifically mentioned (wind, sand, blizzard, or rain) as well as ice and similar severe atmospheric storms.  Please keep in mind that you should think about the extreme version of these natural events.  If your community has ice storms all the time, and everyone is prepared for them, then they do not cause a natural disaster.  However, a severe rainstorm, ice storm, or sandstorm in a community that is not prepared could harm many people and lots of property, so it could be considered a disaster.

2 – WE WANT TO LEARN ABOUT A PROBLEM THAT HAPPENS AFTER A NATURAL DISASTER (EX: AN OUTBREAK OF DISEASE CAUSED BY A FLOOD OR NATURAL GAS LEAKS CAUSED BY AN EARTHQUAKE).  IS THIS OK?
Yes.  If the problem you choose is somehow caused by one of the natural events on the list, then it is an acceptable problem for Nature’s Fury.  Remember to mention the original natural event to the judges at your tournament so they know your problem was caused by one of the forces of nature on the list.

- See more at: http://www.firstlegoleague.org/challenge/projectfaq#sthash.2Md1i7VR.dpuf


4 – HOW BIG CAN OUR “COMMUNITY” BE?

Your team will not be judged on how you defined your community.  Choosing a community is simply a way to help your team focus your research on a specific area.
That being said, I usually recommend that teams choose a fairly small community – like a town or county.  This will help your team look at specific potential effects of a natural event rather than thinking about them in general terms.  A person is much more likely to consider the effect on individuals if they are thinking about a town rather than an entire state.  The state is too big to really see all the details.
In the end, your team is welcome to choose a community that interests the team members.

3 – CAN WE STUDY A TYPE OF STORM THAT IS NOT SPECIFICALLY MENTIONED ON THE LIST?
Clarification of Question 1 below: Extreme storms are a valid category of natural events for Nature’s Fury.  This would include the types of storms specifically mentioned (wind, sand, blizzard, or rain) as well as ice and similar severe atmospheric storms.  Please keep in mind that you should think about the extreme version of these natural events.  If your community has ice storms all the time, and everyone is prepared for them, then they do not cause a natural disaster.  However, a severe rainstorm, ice storm, or sandstorm in a community that is not prepared could harm many people and lots of property, so it could be considered a disaster.

2 – WE WANT TO LEARN ABOUT A PROBLEM THAT HAPPENS AFTER A NATURAL DISASTER (EX: AN OUTBREAK OF DISEASE CAUSED BY A FLOOD OR NATURAL GAS LEAKS CAUSED BY AN EARTHQUAKE).  IS THIS OK?
Yes.  If the problem you choose is somehow caused by one of the natural events on the list, then it is an acceptable problem for Nature’s Fury.  Remember to mention the original natural event to the judges at your tournament so they know your problem was caused by one of the forces of nature on the list.

1 - CAN WE CHOOSE A FORCE OF NATURE THAT IS NOT ON THE LIST?
No, please choose a force of nature on the list in the Project description.  We specifically chose relatively short natural events that fit the disaster cycle of prepare, stay safe, and rebuild.  There are other forces of nature that could cause destruction, but we have chosen to focus on this list for Nature’s Fury:

  • Avalanche or landslide
  • Tornado or cyclone
  • Earthquake
  • Tsunami
  • Flood
  • Volcanic eruption
  • Hurricane
  • Wildfire
  • Storm (wind, sand, blizzard, or rain)