Tomorrow’s innovators practice imaginative thinking and teamwork. Guided by two or more adult Coaches, FIRST LEGO League teams research a real-world problem such as food safety, recycling, energy, etc., and are challenged to develop a solution. The “Challenge” program uses a LEGO Mindstorm / EV3 / Spike Prime robot to compete in a table-top competition.
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. They also practice the FIRST Core Values, which emphasize discovery, teamwork, and good sportsmanship.
Great opportunity for grades pre-K students. It comes with all guides, and student workbooks needed for up to 6 participants.
Great opportunity for grades K-3 students. It comes with all guides, and student workbooks needed for up to 6 participants. Optional use of a LEGO WEDO 2.0 (sold separately)
Great opportunity for grades 4-7 students. It comes with all guides, and student workbooks needed for up to 10 participants. This program utilizes a LEGO Mindstorm / EV3 / Prime Spike (sold separately)
Some of our FIRST Lego League (FLL) fun from 2015-2020
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
How much does FIRST Lego League program cost?
A – It depends on which program you are interested in. “Discover” is roughly 100.00, “Explore” is roughly 120.00 and the “Challenge” program has first-year costs and the year over year costs. Once you purchase your robot (can be an existing Lego EV3/Mindstorm at your school), the reoccurring costs are much less. We recommend budgeting 1,100 for the first year (if you need to buy a robot) and then 600 for the returning years for the “Challenge” program.
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 activities go on?
A – We release the game to everyone in August during our live broadcast announcement. After that, we encourage everyone to get ready for local scrimmages (practices) that will start in January. The formal competitions will start in December and will last through February. This is all still subject to change due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Stay tuned.
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 are excited to tell you how they are doing in FIRST. A coach’s 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.
We strongly promote FIRST as being “More Than Robots”. We mean it. Our robotics program promotes the growth of critical thinking, troubleshooting and emotional learning skills. This is refinforced by the FIRST core values.
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!