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 2014 World Class Challenge, children aged nine to 16 will redesign how we gather knowledge and skills in the 21st century. Teams will teach adults about the ways that kids need and want to learn.
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 the theme, 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 2014 World Class 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 and January each year. Each Tournament Champion will go forward to the National Finals at the beginning of February. The National Champions 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 2014-15
|April 2014||Registration opens|
|September 2014||Field Setup Kits begin to ship|
|Mid – Late October 2014*||Team registration closes / last opportunity to order products|
|November 2014 – January 2015||Tournament season|
|February 2015||UK and Ireland National Final|
|April 2015||World Festival in USA|
* Team registrations will be accepted until all slots are filled
Go to www.firstlegoleague.co.uk for further details