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The IET is the operational partner for the FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL) competition in the UK and Ireland. 

FLL is a global science and technology competition with over 250,000 young people taking part each year.

What is FLL?

FLL is for young people aged 9 to 16 years, working in teams of up to 10 with a supporting mentor. Each year FLL releases a new challenge for our teams. In the 2016 ANIMAL ALLIES Challenge, participants will explore ways of working with animals to solve real-world problems. Animal Allies logo  

The Robot Game

Teams build a robot using a LEGO® MINDSTORMS® kit that they program to autonomously complete a series of missions on a specialised arena and to score as many points as possible.

Robot Design

The technical aspect of the robot is assessed including design, programming and robustness.


Through the project, teams learn more about the science behind the challenge theme. The teams identify a problem related to the theme, research the issues behind it and propose a solution.

Core Values

Whilst competing, the teams have to demonstrate FLL Core Values including Gracious Professionalism® and Coopertition® encouraging high quality work, unqualified kindness, respect and learning.

How do we take part?

Register your team for FLL

Team mentors can register teams for the 2016 ANIMAL ALLIES challenge at the FLL website for UK and Ireland www.firstlegoleague.co.uk.  

Registration costs

Entry costs £150 + VAT. This includes:

  • A field setup kit (this is the practice field for your robot), comprised of an exclusive selection of LEGO® bricks, the instructions to assemble your mission models, and a roll-out field to practice on. 
  • Entry into one of the regional tournaments.
  • Administrative support from the IET.

Teams get started from September

Materials are distributed in early September and teams have 12 to 16 weeks to work on the challenges. Teams will also need to use a LEGO® MINDSTORMS® set to build the robot which can be purchased via LEGO® Education.

Teams then attend one of the Regional Tournaments taking place between November and January each year. Each Tournament Champion will go forward to the UK and Ireland Final in February. The Champions at the Final are then invited to go on to represent the UK and Ireland at the FLL World Festival in the USA in April.

FLL schedule for 2016-17

17th May 2016 Registration opens
September 2016 Field Setup Kits begin to ship
Mid October 2016* Team registration closes
November 2016 – January 2017 Tournament season
February 2017 UK and Ireland Final
April 2017 World Festival in USA

* Team registrations will be accepted until all slots are filled

Go to www.firstlegoleague.co.uk for further details