“FIRST® LEGO® League Challenge brings science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) to kids, (grades 4-8, ages 9-14) through fun and exciting hands-on learning. FIRST® LEGO® League Challenge participants gain real-world problem-solving experiences through a guided, global robotics program, helping today’s students and teachers build a better future together.”
- Kaitlin Ilnitzki, Assistant Director, VA+DC FIRST LEGO League
FIRST LEGO League shows young people what it means to be an engineer and work with STEM skills and subjects, but focuses on practical, hand-on learning, so they are doing, not watching. FIRST® LEGO® League Challenge is designed for 9-14 year-olds and develops key skills that are crucial for their future careers. Young people work together to explore a gi...
FIRST LEGO League shows young people what it means to be an engineer and work with STEM skills and subjects, but focuses on practical, hand-on learning, so they are doing, not watching. FIRST® LEGO® League Challenge is designed for 9-14 year-olds and develops key skills that are crucial for their future careers. Young people work together to explore a given topic and to design, build and program an autonomous LEGO® robot to solve a series of missions.
Robot Game - Teams build a robot using a LEGO® MINDSTORMS® or SPIKE™ Prime kit that they program to autonomously complete a series of missions on a season-specific field to score as many points as possible.
Innovation Project - Teams must research the annual theme as detailed in the Challenge Document. After exploring different ideas, they will identify one problem related to the theme, design a solution to solve it, and develop a presentation to communicate that solution.
Robot Design - Teams must explain the process of designing, building and programming their LEGO® robot they are using with the Robot Game.
Core Values - Teams are working together constantly to solve problems and create solutions.
The six Core Values that run through each program are Discovery, Innovation, Inclusion, Impact, Teamwork and Fun.
These Core Values are integral to the program, and whilst they are working towards an end goal and have many objectives - developing these skills is the most important part of the program.
The program gives all children in a team equal opportunity and each team member must contribute in order for the team to be successful.
What you can do
Teachers and coaches are fully supported with comprehensive resources available to download on the VA+DC FIRST LEGO League webpage, training videos, digital assets and support.
You can sign up here, complete the 30 Day Challenge to get grant funding to cover all the costs associated with delivering the program in your school or community group and the team at the IET will support you through the process.
“These programs have been an amazing resource for both the children and families in our community. As a volunteer for 20 years, I’ve gotten to see countless students come through the programs, learning and growing in ways that continue to amaze me. It’s so much more than just the robots. The creativity, problem solving and teamwork skills that these programs foster will stay with these students throughout their lives and have already enabled them to impact their communities for the better. It’s been an honor to be a part of that process for all these years.”
- Karen Berger, Volunteer and VA+DC FLL Regional Tournament Coordinator
How to get involved
This can be done during curriculum time in 1 lesson per week
This guide provides an overview of what's involved in getting the program up and running in your school or community group.