Teams collaborate to build and program an autonomous robot to score points on a thematic playing surface (the Robot Game) and create an innovative solution to a problem correlated to the yearly theme (the Project), all while guided by the FLL Core Values. These three elements; the Robot Game, the Project, and FLL Core Values make up what is called The Challenge.
The Challenge - What a team does…
Each year the details of the yearly Challenge are released in August. Teams typically meet twice a week to fulfill three criteria to be used in judging at regional events:
- The Robot Game
Using a LEGO® MINDSTORMS® robot kit, teams design, build and program an autonomous robot to achieve specific missions inspired by the yearly Challenge. Teams compete in three 2.5 minute rounds and are evaluated on mechanical design, programming, design innovation & strategy.
- The Project
In conjunction with the yarly theme, teams conduct research to solve a real-world problem, develop an innovative solution and present and share their work at the competition and within their communities. They are evaluated in research, innovative solution and presentation.
- Core Values
The 8 Core Values are the cornerstones of the FLL program. Teams are evaluated on HOW they work together, as well as inspiration, teamwork and gracious professionalism.
This team-based, hands-on, competitive robotics program provides challenging and exciting learning opportunities for young people. It spurs innovation, develops teamwork and leadership skills and promotes excitement in science and technology. Visit the FIRST website for more program details.
HOW TO START A MN FLL TEAM!
High Tech Kids, in partnership with FIRST®, brings FIRST® LEGO® League to Minnesota.
Due to our partnership with FIRST, we are unable to place children on teams or share coach contact information. If you are interested in finding an existing team, please try the FIRST Team Up Forum.
High Tech Kids - A Minnesota 501 (c)(3) nonprofit, supports FLL teams in Minnesota by offering training, tournament opportunities, research workshops, volunteer coordination and community outreach. Since its inception in 1999, High Tech Kids has grown from serving 175 youth to more than 43,000 across the state, with the help of over 1800 volunteers.
FIRST® - For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST®) is the national nonprofit that authors and executes the yearly theme for FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL). The program was created in 1998 by a partnership between FIRST® and The LEGO® Group. Teams must be registered nationally in order to participate locally. For more information go to FIRST LEGO League.