FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL)
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 2013 Nature's Fury Challenge, children aged nine to 16 will explore the awe-inspiring storms, quakes, waves and more that we call natural disasters. Teams will discover what can be done when intense natural events meet the places people live, work, and play. Brace yourself for Nature's Fury!
The robot game
Teams build a robot using a LEGO® Mindstorms® kit that they programme to autonomously complete a series of missions on a specialised arena and to score as many points as possible.
The technical aspect of the robot is assessed including innovative design, programming and robustness.
Through the project, teams learn more about the science behind the challenge theme. The teams identify a problem related to Nature's Fury, research the issues and propose a solution.
FLL core values
Whilst competing, the teams have to demonstrate core FLL values including Gracious Professionalism® and Coopertition® encouraging high quality work, unqualified kindness and respect and learning.
How do we take part?
Register your team for FLL
Team mentors can register teams for the 2013 Nature's Fury challenge at the FLL website for UK and Ireland www.firstlegoleague.co.uk.
FLL entry costs
£150 + VAT
What you get as a registered team
The field setup kit (this is the practice field for your robot):an exclusive selection of LEGO® bricks, the instructions to assemble your mission models, and a roll-out field to practice on.
All supporting rules and guidelines.
Entry into one of the regional tournaments.
Teams get started from September
Materials are distributed in early September and teams have 10 to 12 weeks to prepare their entry. 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 2013 and January 2014. Each Tournament Champion will go forward to the National Finals at the end of February. The National Champions go on to represent the UK and Ireland at the FLL World Festival in the USA in April 2014.
FLL schedule for 2013-14
|May 2013||Registration opens|
|September 2013||Field Setup Kits begin to ship|
|Mid – Late October 2013*||Team registration closes / last opportunity to order products|
|November 2013 – January 2014||Tournament season|
|April 2014||World Festival in USA|
* Team registrations will be accepted until all slots are filled
Go to www.firstlegoleague.co.uk for further details