FIRST LEGO League (FLL) Introduces younger students to real-world engineering challenges by building LEGO-based robots to complete tasks on a thematic playing surface. FIRST LEGO League teams, guided by their imaginations and adult coaches, discover exciting career possibilities and, through the process, learn to make positive contributions to society.
Elementary and middle-school students get to:
- Design, build, test and program robots using LEGO MINDSTORMS® technology
- Apply real-world math and science concepts
- Research challenges facing today’s scientists
- Learn critical thinking, team-building and presentation skills
- Participate in tournaments and celebrations
Ages: FLL is designed for students in grades 4-8
Cost: The FLL participation fee is $80, with a discount of $20 for participants who register before August 15th
Season: Late August – December or January
Registration: FLL participants are strongly encouraged to complete their registration by September 1st since the Challenge for the season is typically announced in late August
Practices: Teams normally meet 2 times a week for about 2 hours at a time
Team size: Teams are purposefully small – typically not more than 5-6 students per team
Parent involvement: Teams are led by coaches who typically are a parent of one of the team members. All parents are encouraged to attend practice at any time even if they are not the coach to provide extra guidance and to have fun with the team
Challenge and competition: Based around a themed challenge created by FIRST that is released in late August and changed each year. Teams will compete at one regional tournament in December or January (sometimes November, depending on tournament schedule/availability). There is a local mock FLL tournament in November in St. Peter that is hosted by Saint Peter Area Robotics.
There are many resources for coaches that can be found on the FIRST website.