What is FIRST® LEGO® League?
FIRST® LEGO® League is a global STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) challenge for teams of young people, to encourage an interest in real world themes and develop 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.
FIRST® LEGO® League is for young people aged 9 to 16 years, working in teams of up to 10 students with a supporting adult coach. Each year FIRST® LEGO® League releases a new challenge for the teams. The challenge involves a robot game and a research project, and students will need to demonstrate the FIRST® LEGO® League Core Values throughout all their work.
Teams usually have 12 to 16 weeks to work on the challenge before they compete in their chosen regional tournament.
At the tournament, teams will be assessed on each of the three parts of FIRST® LEGO® League.
Teams build a robot using a LEGO® MINDSTORMS® kit that they program to autonomously complete a series of missions on a specialised field to score as many points as possible.
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.
Whilst competing, the teams need to demonstrate the FIRST® LEGO® League Core Values which include innovation, teamwork and inclusion. Being respectful and having a great time are central to what makes FIRST® LEGO® League so special.
The champions of the regional tournaments qualify for the National Finals. The top teams from the National Finals will then be invited to compete at the FIRST® LEGO® League World Festival in the USA or at other international FIRST® LEGO® League finals.
FIRST® LEGO® League is CREST Accredited
The British Science Association runs the CREST Award scheme. It is a nationally recognised accreditation scheme for STEM project work with 40,000 students in the UK gaining awards each year. Students can complete either a Discovery or Bronze CREST Award whilst competing in the FIRST® LEGO® League during this project.
For further details please visit The British Science Association CREST Awards.
FIRST® LEGO® League INDUSTRIAL CADET Accredited
The Engineering Development Trust (EDT) run the Industrial Cadet Awards.
The industrial cadet experience includes a structured sets of activities that develop employability skills in young people. All students competing at a regional FIRST® LEGO® League tournament will automatically receive an EDT Industrial Cadet Silver Award and those teams that qualify for the UK and Ireland final will receive the EDT Industrial Cadet Gold Award.
For further details please visit EDT Industrial Cadets.