1998, the FIRST LEGO League (FLL), a program
similar to the FIRST Robotics Competition,
was formed. It is aimed at 9-14 year-old students
and utilizes LEGO Mindstorms sets to build palm-sized
LEGO robots. The combination of interchangeable
LEGO parts, computer 'bricks' and sensors, provide
preteens and teenagers with the capability to build
reasonably complex models of real-life robotic
FLL introduces younger students to real-world engineering challenges by building LEGO-based robots to complete tasks on a thematic playing surface. FLL teams, guided by their imaginations and adult coaches, discover exciting career possibilities and, through the process, learn to make positive contributions to society.
The Junior FIRST LEGO League is a variation
of the FIRST LEGO League, aimed towards
elementary school children, in which 6-9 year-olds
build LEGO models dealing with that year's FLL
challenge. At least one part of a model has a moving
component. The teams participate in exhibitions
around the country, where they demonstrate and
explain their models and research for award opportunities.
Elementary and middle-school students get to:
- Design, build, test and program robots using LEGO
- 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
- What FLL teams accomplish is nothing short of amazing. It's fun.
It's exciting, and the skills they learn will last a lifetime.
FLL Team Growth Through the Years...
Facts About FLL
- Over 20,000 teams worldwide
- Over 200,000 students, ages 9 to 16*
- From 61 countries including: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, France, Germany, Hungary, Hong Kong, Iceland, India, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mexico, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan R.O.C., Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom and United States
- FIRST LEGO League World Festival at the FIRST Championship in St. Louis, MO, April 25-28, 2012
- Robots are built using LEGO MINDSTORMS technologies
*9-14 in U.S. and Canada
- Check out FLL on the FIRST website for further details
- Check out Skunkworks Journal for past activities
- Check out News for recent activities