For: Parents, Students

Resource Type(s): Competitions, Out-of-School Time Programs, School Year Programs

Grade Band: Middle School

Subject(s): Engineering, Math, Science, Technology

FIRSTTomorrow’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. Ready to Get Started? Visit the Start a FIRST LEGO League Team page.

The FIRST LEGO League season Challenge information is released in late August. Teams generally form and register from May through October. The Project and build season begins after Challenge is released. Tournament dates vary by region, but begin a minimum of 8 weeks after Challenge is released. Check with your local partner for more details.

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