What is FIRST LEGO League?
Tomorrow's innovators practice imaginative thinking and teamwork.
Guided by adult Coaches, FIRST LEGO League teams research a real-world problem such as food safety, recycling,
energy, etc., and are challenged to develop a solution. They also must design, build, program a robot using
LEGO MINDSTORMS® technology, then compete on a table-top playing field.
It all adds up to tons of fun while they learn to apply science, technology, engineering, and math concepts
(STEM), plus a big dose of imagination, to solve a problem. Along their discovery journey, they develop
critical thinking and team-building skills, basic STEM applications, and even presentation skills, as they
must present their solutions with a dash of creativity to judges. They also practice the Program's signature
Each year FIRST
LEGO League releases a Challenge, which is based on a real-world scientific topic.
Each Challenge has three parts: the Robot Game
, and the Core Values
Teams of up to ten children, with at least one adult coach, participate in the Challenge by programming an
autonomous robot to score points on a themed playing field (Robot Game), developing a solution to a problem
they have identified (Project), all guided by the FIRST
LEGO League Core Values. Teams may then attend
an official tournament, hosted by our FIRST
LEGO League partners.
have been based
on topics such as nanotechnology, climate, quality of life for the handicapped population, and transportation.
By designing our Challenges around such topics, participants are exposed to potential career paths within a
chosen Challenge topic, in addition to solidifying the STEM (S
ath) principles that naturally come from participating in the
program. Team members also learn valuable life and employment skills which will benefit them no matter which
career path they choose.
The positive impact FIRST
LEGO League has on participants is gratifying and well documented. Over 88%
are more interested in doing well in school, and 87% have more interest in attending college.
LEGO League teams get to:
- Research challenges facing today's scientists
- Design, build, test and program robots using LEGO® MINDSTORMS® technology
- Apply real-world math and science concepts
- Learn critical thinking, team-building, and presentation skills
- Participate in tournaments and celebrations
- Understand and practice Gracious Professionalism®
LEGO League Core Values are the cornerstones of the program. They are among the fundamental
elements that distinguish FIRST
LEGO League from other programs of its kind. By embracing the Core
Values, participants learn that friendly competition and mutual gain are not separate goals, and that helping
one another is the foundation of teamwork.
- We are a team.
- We do the work to find solutions with guidance from our coaches and mentors.
- We know our coaches and mentors don't have all the answers; we learn together.
- We honor the spirit of friendly competition.
- What we discover is more important than what we win.
- We share our experiences with others.
- We display Gracious Professionalism® and Coopertition® in everything we do.
- We have FUN!
In 1998, FIRST Founder Dean Kamen and the owner of the LEGO Group Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen joined forces
to create FIRST LEGO League, a powerful program that engages children in playful and meaningful
learning while helping them discover the fun in science and technology through the FIRST LEGO League
Dean and Kjeld have a shared belief that FIRST LEGO League inspires teams to research, build, and
experiment, and by doing so, they live the entire process of creating ideas, solving problems, and overcoming
obstacles, while gaining confidence in their abilities to positively use technology.
Technology Association, Inc. (FTA) is a not-for-profit (NFP) entity incorporated in the Province
of Newfoundland and Labrador and operated under the name of FIRST
Lego League (FLL) NL. FLL-NL was the
first in Canada to implement the junior high school robotics competition, in 2002, using the LEGO®
Mindstorms Robotics Invention System (RIS) in a competition designed by US FIRST. FIRST
League (FLL) is an international robotics program formed as an alliance between FIRST and
For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST)
is an international youth organization that operates the
FIRST Robotics Competition
FIRST LEGO League
FIRST LEGO League Jr.
and FIRST Tech Challenge