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What is FIRST® LEGO® League?
FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL) is a robotics program for 9 to 14 year olds designed to get children excited about science, math and technology – and teach them valuable 21st century life skills. In FIRST® LEGO® League, kids design and program LEGO® Mindstorms robots. They research challenges facing today’s scientists. They learn critical thinking, team building and presentation skills. They exercise their creativity and innovative thinking… all while having a lot of fun!
What do you do in FIRST® LEGO® League?
FIRST® LEGO® League Teams are composed of three to ten children with two adult coaches. Coaches DO NOT need technical experience. In FLL, the children do the work while guided by the FLL Core Values.
Each year, FIRST® releases a new Challenge which is based upon a real world scientific topic. There are two major elements to the FLL Challenge.
The Robot Game: Teams build and program an autonomous LEGO® Mindstorms robot to perform tasks on a printed field. These tasks, or missions, are related to the Challenge theme.
The Project: Through the project teams learn more about the science behind the Challenge theme. They use creativity to design an innovative solution to a real world problem.
What does the FIRST® LEGO® League season look like?
May – Sept.: teams form, register and order their materials (robot and field kit) from FIRST.
Aug 1st.: The Challenge is released and teams begin to prepare for the qualifying competitions.
Mid Oct.: Registration for Regional Qualifiers opens.
Nov – Dec.: Regional Qualifiers.
Late Jan.: – Early Feb.: State Championship.