How does one describe something so indescribable?
The best way to summarize FIRST LEGO League is to say that it is a robotics program for 9 to 16 year olds (9 to 14 in US/CAN/MEX), which is designed to get children excited about science and technology -- and teach them valuable employment and life skills. FLL can be used in a classroom setting but is not solely designed for this purpose. Teams, composed of up to ten children with at least one adult coach, can also be associated with a pre-existing club or organization, homeschooled, or just be a group of friends who wish to do something awesome.
Contrary to popular belief, our coaches DO NOT need any technical experience. In FLL, the children do the work! And the work is programming an autonomous robot (using the LEGO® MINDSTORMS® robot set) to score points on a thematic playing surface, creating an innovative solution to a problem as part of their project, all while being guided by the FLL Core Values. These three elements - the Robot Game, Project, and FLL Core Values - make up what we call our yearly Challenge. Like any other organized “sport”, teams also fundraise, create a team identity, and go on field trips. To see some of our teams in action, visit our YouTube Channel, or read about their experiences on our blog.
Some teams choose to attend an official FLL tournament, which is hosted by one of our Operational Partners. Operational Partners volunteer to run the FLL program in their region or country and are associated with other like-minded organizations to the FIRST mission.
Support our mission by:
- volunteering at an official tournament,
- coaching a team,
- attending an event and cheering on our teams,
- spreading the word about FLL,
- using our past Challenges to help train new teams and volunteers,
- following us on Twitter,
- subscribe to our channel on YouTube,
- becoming a correspondent on our blog,
- sponsoring the global FLL program or the efforts in your local region,
- or by simply making a donation.
With over 20,000+ teams in over 70 countries, FLL is constantly expanding. If you are interested in helping create a formal FLL presence in your area by becoming an Operational Partner, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.