Tomorrow’s innovators practice imaginative thinking and teamwork. Guided by two or more adult Coaches, FIRST LEGO League* teams (up to 10 members, grades 4-8**) research a real-world problem such as food safety, recycling, energy, etc., and are challenged to develop a solution. They also must design, build, program a robot using LEGO MINDSTORMS®, then compete on a table-top playing field.
It all adds up to tons of fun while they learn to apply science, technology, engineering, and math concepts (STEM), plus a big dose of imagination, to solve a problem. Along their journey, they develop critical thinking and team-building skills, basic STEM applications, and even presentation skills, as they must present their solutions with a dash of creativity to judges. They also practice the Program’s Core Values, which emphasize discovery, teamwork and good sportsmanship.
Some of our FIRST Lego League (FLL) Fun from 2017-2018
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
How much does FIRST Lego League (FLL) cost?
A – Well, there is the first year costs and the year over year costs. Once you purchase your robot, the reoccuring costs are much less. We recommend budgeting 1,100 for the first year and then 600 for the returning years.
Do I have to be part of a school to start a team?
A – No… we have a couple of FIRST Lego League teams that are sponsored by parents and meet at public places. While it is easier to be part of a school, we encourage after school programs, churches and parents to start a team to allow students to join!
When does all of this FIRST Lego League stuff go on?
A – We release the game to everyone in September at our kick off event. After that, we encourage everyone to get ready for local scrimmages (practices) that will start in November. The formal competitions will start in December and will last through February.
Do I have to know how to do all of this myself?
A – Of course not. No one knows all about “FIRST” on day one. We host coaches clinics and once you register your team, you become part of the FIRST family here in the Rio Grande Valley. There are lots of folks here locally and around the world that is excited to tell you how they are doing in FIRST. A coaches role is just to guide the team as coaches are prohibited from doing the work. YouTube is your best friend. There are online manuals and classroom guides available from FIRST once you register.
What is FIRST Lego League (FLL)?
We are always here to help you to learn more, bring this into your classroom / church / after school program so please do not hesitate to reach out to learn more about the exciting opportunity to bring FIRST robotics in to inspire the STEM leaders of tomorrow.
FIRST Core Values
We express the FIRST philosophies of Gracious Professionalism and Coopertition through our Core Values:
- Discovery: We explore new skills and ideas.
- Innovation: We use creativity and persistence to solve problems.
- Impact: We apply what we learn to improve our world.
- Inclusion: We respect each other and embrace our differences.
- Teamwork: We are stronger when we work together.
- Fun: We enjoy and celebrate what we do!