How to Start a FIRST LEGO League Team

WHAT MAKES A TEAM?
FLL teams come in all shapes and sizes, however the basic requirements are:
  • 2 adult coaches
  • 3-10 participants between 9-14* years of age.
  • Teams may be of mixed age and gender.
  • Teams DO NOT need to be formed from an organization. It can be just  a group of friends!
*Team members in the United States may not exceed age 14 on January 1 
of the year the Challenge is released.  For example, a student who turns 15 in 
February of 2015 would be eligible to compete in the Challenge released in 
August of 2015, whereas a child who turned 15 in December 2014 would not.
 
FORMING A TEAM 

Finding Participants and Coaches

  • Hold an informational meeting at your school or organization in the spring or early September to gauge interest.  
  • Recruit coaches and/or co-coaches.  Two coaches per team and no experience is necessary!  No need to be an engineer or computer programmer, just the desire to learn, have fun, and work with the kids! 

Register your new team!

  • Registration is a two step process: National Registration AND MN Registration. 
  • National Registration with FIRST® opens yearly in May.
  • MN Registration with High Tech Kids opens at the end of September. Teams must be registered nationally before they can register locally. 
FLL SEASON
National Registration Opens May
Challenge Release August
Minnesota Registration Opens  October
Coach Training (optional) September - October 
Minnesota Regional Tournaments November - December
Minnesota Sectional Tournaments (for advancing teams) January
Minnesota State Championship (for advancing teams) February
World Championship (for advancing teams) April
 
FLL Teams typically meet twice per week for approximately 2 1/2 hours. 
 
 HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

FIRST-YEAR TEAM (a team of 10, costs average $87/student)

LEGO® EV3 Robot & MINDSTORMS® Software 
(robots may be reused in subsequent years)
$439 (EV3)
FIRST® National team registration  $225
LEGO® Field Setup kit (Robot Game Mat and Mission Models)  $75
High Tech Kids Minnesota Regional Tournament Fee  $125
TOTAL: $864*
 
SECOND-YEAR TEAM (a team of 10, costs average $43/student)
FIRST® National team registration $225
LEGO® Field Setup kit (Robot Game Mat and Mission Models)  $75
High Tech Kids Minnesota Regional Tournament Fee $125
TOTAL: $425*
  *Does not include $150 MN Sectional Fee or $175 MN State Championship Fee
(both for advancing teams) or shipping and handling fees
 
SCHOLARSHIPS AND GRANTS
High Tech Kids offers a very limited number of scholarships. 
These scholarships are one time only, and not renewable. Preference will be given to teams comprised of underrepresented youth, rural  or urban teams and all girl teams. 
 
Boston Scientific also offers special grants to employees and partner schools.
 Information regarding both financial opportunities are on our scholarship page.