FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL) is an international robotics competition for 9 to 16 year olds (9 to 14 in US/CAN/MEX), designed to get children excited about science and technology, and teach them valuable employment and life skills.
In early fall each year; FLL releases a Challenge, which is based on a real-world scientific topic. The robotics part of the competition revolves around designing and programming LEGO® Robots to complete tasks. The students work out solutions to the various problems they are given and then meet for regional tournaments to share their knowledge, compare ideas, and display their robots.
Each Challenge has three parts: the Robot Game, the Project and the FLL Core Values. Teams of up to ten children, with one adult coach, participate in the Challenge by programming an autonomous robot to score points on a themed playing field (Robot Game), developing a solution to a problem they have identified (Project), all guided by the FLL Core Values. Teams may then choose to attend an official tournament, hosted by one of our Operational Partners.
Past Challenges have been based on topics such as nanotechnology, climate, quality of life for the handicapped population, and transportation. By designing our Challenges around such topics, participants are exposed to potential career paths within a chosen Challenge topic, in addition to solidifying the STEM principles that naturally come from participating in a robotics program. Team members also learn valuable life and employment skills which will benefit them no matter which career path they choose.
2012 Senior Solutions Challenge
In the 2012 SENIOR SOLUTIONSSM Challenge, over 200,000 children ages 9 to16* from more than 60 countries will explore the topic of aging and how it may affect a person’s ability to maintain his or her lifestyle – solving issues like getting around, keeping in touch, or staying fit. Teams will research obstacles and then suggest ways to improve the quality of life for the seniors affected. Teams will also build, test, and program an autonomous robot using LEGO MINDSTORMS® robot to solve a set of missions on an obstacle course. Throughout their experience, teams will operate under FLL’s signature set of Core Values.
2013 Nature’s Fury Challenge
In the 2013 FLL’s “Nature’s Fury Challenge”, over 200,000 children ages 9 to16* from more than 70 countries will explore the topic of the various furies of nature that the world faces—floods, wildfire, earthquakes. Each team will study one of the nature’s fury in depth. This study shall include the occurrence, probable causes, the ways to mitigate through the situation, the ways in which natural disaster may be prevented and the measures to be taken in case the disaster happens. The team shall also meet people in the society, those who are in the related fields and can help them in understanding the situation.
Teams will also build, test, and program an autonomous robot using LEGO MINDSTORMS® robot to solve a set of missions on an obstacle course. Throughout their experience, teams will operate under FLL’s signature set of Core Values.
*9-14 in the US, Canada, and Mexico
This link will provide creative ideas, fun tips, and support throughout the season so parents are able to keep up with their FLL kid!