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FIRST LEGO League Challenge 2016: ANIMAL ALLIES

Get ready. Get set. Roar! Or you could bark, quack, or squeak, because the 2016 ANIMAL ALLIES season is all about our furry, feathered, and finned friends. In the 2016 FIRST LEGO League Challenge, more than 28,000 teams of students aged 9 to 16 will look into the eyes of our ANIMAL ALLIES. What might become possible when we learn to help each other? Image of the Animal Allies logo  

FIRST LEGO League challenges young people to think like scientists and engineers. During the ANIMAL ALLIES season, teams will investigate and solve a real-world problem in the Project. They will also build, test, and program an autonomous robot using LEGO® MINDSTORMS® technology to solve a set of missions in the Robot Game. Throughout their experience, teams will operate under FIRST LEGO League's signature set of Core Values, celebrating discovery, teamwork, and Gracious Professionalism®.

The 2016-17 ANIMAL ALLIES Challenge documents are available to download below.

FIRST LEGO League 2016-17 Challenge: Animal Allies

Download the ANIMAL ALLIES Challenge Document (50MB PDF file), containing a summary of instructions for the project and robot game. This is a quick reference guide designed as a starting point for teams.

Download the ANIMAL ALLIES Challenge Guide (46MB PDF file), containing full rules and instructions for all parts of the Challenge. This is a comprehensive document to be used by all participants throughout the season.

Amendments and clarifications to the rules in these documents are made as the season goes on, through the Challenge Update page on the global website. It's essential that teams check these changes regularly, as they are implemented at all tournament events.

Core Values

Learn about FIRST LEGO League's Core Values


Getting started on the Project - a short video series aimed at teams taking part for the first time

Robot Game

Mission Model Building Instructions, for use with the FIRST LEGO League Animal Allies Challenge Set

Field Setup Guide (49MB PDF file), showing how to set up your Robot Game field

Instructions for building a Robot Game practice table are given on pages 2 and 3 of the above Field Set Up Guide.

Download the LEGO® MINDSTORMS® Education EV3 software for free at


Teams meet three panels of judges on the tournament day. They present their project and answer questions about it; are interviewed about how they implemented the FIRST LEGO League Core Values; and discuss the design of their robot.

Download the mark schemes which are used by these judges to ensure that your team know what they'll be scored on.


FIRST LEGO League schedule for 2016-17

25 May 2016 Registration opens
30 August 2016 Global challenge release
Early September 2016 Challenge Sets ship (conditional on registration fee payment)
October 2016 Team registration closes
November 2016 - January 2017 Tournament season

Sunday 26 February 2017

UK and Ireland Final, University of West of England (UWE) Exhibition and Conference Centre, Bristol.
April 2017 World Festival in USA
21-25 June 2017 International Open Championship, University of Bath, Bath, UK