Children at FIRST LEGO League tournament

FIRST® LEGO® League UK and Ireland

Design solutions for real world problems and build a mission-solving robot made of LEGO®!



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About FIRST® LEGO® League


FIRST® LEGO® League is a global science and technology challenge for teams of students, to encourage an interest in real world issues and develop key skills that are crucial for their future careers. The students 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 to16 years, working in teams of up to ten 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 twelve to sixteen weeks to work on the challenge before they compete in their chosen Regional Tournament. 

At the tournament, teams will score points on each of the three parts of FIRST® LEGO® League :


Robot Game

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.


Through the project, teams learn more about the science and engineering behind the challenge theme. The teams identify a problem related to the theme, research the issues and propose a solution.

Core Values

While competing, the teams have to demonstrate core values including innovation, teamwork and inclusion. Together these Core Values are shown through the Gracious Professionalism and Co-opertition that teams display when they work together. Friendly competition, being respectful and having a great time are central to what makes FIRST® LEGO® League so special.

A three part graphic demonstrating the core components of FIRST LEGO League  

The winners of the Regional Tournaments go forward to the UK and Ireland Final. The top teams from the UK and Ireland Final will then be invited to compete at the FIRST® LEGO® League World Festival in the USA or at other international FIRST® LEGO® League events.

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.



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




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