Lego Trash Challenge
Let’s Begin Lego.
FLL 2015 Trash Trek – EV3 Basic Functions
How “Dog Gears” Can Score You More Points in FLL!
FLL 2015 Trash Trek – LEGO Wheels
First Lego League 2015 Trash Trek Missions
FLL 2015 Trash Trek – EV3 Layouts of Electronics
Line Squaring an FLL Robot W/ Color Sensors (Part 1 of 3)
Avoid Mistakes When Wiring Your FLL Robot! – 4 Important Tips
FLL 2015 Trash Trek – EV3 Motion Transformation (Gears)
FLL 2015 Trash Trek – EV3 Sensor Placement
FLL 2015 Trash Trek – EV3 Quick Changing Attachments
FLL 2015 Trash Trek – LEGO Attachment to Motors
FLL 2015 Trash Trek – EV3 Motors and Sensors
FLL 2015 Trash Trek – LEGO Direction Changing Pieces
FLL 2015 Trash Trek – LEGO Beams and Axles
FLL 2015 Trash Trek – EV3 Layouts of Electronics
FLL 2015 Trash Trek – EV3 Turn Table Showcase
FLL Trash Trek – Compost model question
●● Explore the Cycle — Animation explains the basics of the recycling process from leaving your home to becoming
●● Toss It, Baby — For a little fun, here is one company’s music video about single-stream recycling. Watch for some of the
machinery used to sort recyclables.
●● Where Does Our Garbage Go? — Video shows how some communities in Utah, United States manage all different
kinds of trash.
Websites and Articles
●● Food waste — This radio story may give you some “food for thought” as you think about food waste.
●● Garbage facts — Idaho Public Television provides a simple fact page about what garbage is and where it may go.
●● Kids Go Green — Caerphilly County Borough Council in Whales, United Kingdom wants local kids to “go green.” They
provide a website with lots of information about recycling and other trash options.
●● Look local — Your city, town, or county may have a Sanitation Department website. These sites usually tell residents
how trash pickup works, what items you can recycle locally, and how to dispose of special types of waste. Here are
some examples, but you can probably use a search engine to find a website for your local area.
• Austin, TX: http://www.austintexas.gov/resident/trash-and-recycling
• Chicago, IL: http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/streets/provdrs/streets_san.html
• Portland, OR: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/41461
• Toronto, ON: http://www1.toronto.ca/wps/portal/
●● Recycle City — Visit Recycle City to learn new ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle from residents of this cartoon town.
●● Trash Anthropologist — In “What I discovered in New York City Trash,” Robin Nagle talks about her interest in trash
and the people who clean it up.
●● 365 Days of Trash — Sustainable Dave’s blog about trying to produce no trash for a year. Dave provides tons of
suggestions to reduce trash at home.
Biodegradable- Able to be broken down easily by bacteria and other organisms into basic materials which do
not harm the environment.
Composting- A process where food and plant waste (like a banana peel, food scraps, or dry leaves) breaks
down. The composted food becomes fertilizer you can use to help plants grow.
Dispose of- To dispose of something means to get rid of it or send it someplace else.
Fertilizer -Food for plants that helps them grow bigger and stronger.
Hazardous waste- Specific types of trash that may cause special harm to people or the environment, so they cannot be sent to a regular landfill. These include items like paint, chemicals used for cleaning, and sometypes of light bulbs. Hazardous waste must go to a special site.
Incentive- An offer or reward that motivates people to take a specific action. Incentives such as discountsare often used to encourage people to recycle or reduce waste.
Incinerator- A machine that burns trash. Incinerators often burn trash to create energy to power homesor businesses.
Landfill- A place where lots of trash is stored. Most landfills start with a hole in the ground which is coveredwith a protective lining, then with layers of trash, soil, and other materials.
Leachate- Liquid that passes through a landfill and now contains particles or substances from the landfill.
Leachate- may be caused by rain water entering the landfill from above or liquids inside the trash.
Material Recovery- An MRF is a recycling facility where recyclable materials are sorted and prepared. The sorted
Facility- (MRF) recyclables are usually sold to another company that makes them into something new. MRF isoften pronounced “murf.”
Municipal- Solid Name for normal trash produced in homes and businesses.
Post-consumer waste – A finished product that has been used for its intended purpose and is either disposed of or recycled. This is different from post-industrial waste, which is trash created during a
manufacturing, building, or other business process.
Recyclables- Materials that can be broken down and made into something new, such as bottles, cans,
paper, and cardboard.
Recycle- To process an item so it can be used to create something new. This usually involves cleaning,
chopping or breaking down, and then melting or mashing.
Sanitation- Keeping clean and healthy living conditions by disposing of trash and sewage away from the
places people live.