First Lego League is a competition that has the goal to introduce children to robotics and technology in a fun and innovative way. the impact on the children has been amazing, since 88% of participating members have joined or aim to join Universities. The kids will build a robot with LEGO and program it in lego mindstorm. The robot needs to do assignments autonomously and in 2.5 minuts. FLL is played in more than 50 countries in the world and more than 135 000 kids participate in the FLL. In the year 1999 the FLL hosted its first competition game in FLL.
This is what FIRST says about FLL:
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.
* An alliance between FIRST and the LEGO® Group
** Ages 9-14 in the U.S. and Canada. Ages vary by country.
First Lego League Junior is a non-competitive program made for children (6-10), and it follows the same model as FLL. More than 68 000 kids participate in the FLL jr in around 40 countries in the world. The pilot program started in 2004 to encourage kids to have interest in science and engineering. The FLL jr program was officially launched in 2007.
This is what FIRST says about FLL jr:
It’s never too early to discover STEM. FIRST LEGO League Jr.* is designed to introduce STEM concepts to kids ages 6 to 10 while exciting them through a brand they know and love − LEGO®.
Guided by two or more adult Coaches, teams (up to 6 members, grades K-4) explore a real-world scientific problem such as food safety, recycling, energy, etc. Then they create a Show Me poster that
illustrates their journey of discovery and introduces their team. They also construct a motorized model of what they learned using LEGO elements. In the process, teams learn about teamwork, the wonders of science and technology, and the FIRST LEGO League Jr. Core Values, which include respect, sharing, and critical thinking. At the close of each season, teams come together on a regional basis to share their Show Me poster and model, celebrate, and have fun!
* An alliance between FIRST and the LEGO Group