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About FIRST® LEGO® League

FIRST® LEGO® League is for young people aged 9-16 years, working in teams of up to 10 students with a supporting adult coach. Each year FIRST® LEGO® League releases a new challenge for the teams. The challenge involves a robot game and a research project, and students will need to demonstrate the FIRST® LEGO® League Core Values throughout all their work.

Teams usually have 12 to 16 weeks to work on the challenge before they compete in their chosen regional tournament.

FIRST® LEGO® League in the UK and Ireland

What to expect at a Regional Tournament

At the tournament, teams will be assessed on each of the three parts of FIRST® LEGO® League:

Robot Game

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

Robot game

Innovation Project

Teams must research the annual theme as detailed in the Challenge Document. After exploring different ideas, they will identify one problem related to the theme, design a solution to solve it, and develop a presentation to communicate that solution.

Innovation project

Core Values

Whilst competing, the teams need to demonstrate the FIRST® LEGO® League Core Values which include innovation, teamwork and inclusion. Being respectful and having a great time are central to what makes FIRST® LEGO® League so special.

The champions of the regional tournaments qualify for the National Finals. The top teams from the National Finals will then be invited to compete at the FIRST® LEGO® League World Festival in the USA or at other international FIRST® LEGO® League finals.

Core Values

Crest Award

The British Science Association runs the CREST Award scheme. It is a nationally recognised accreditation scheme for STEM project work with 40,000 students in the UK gaining awards each year. Students can complete Bronze CREST Award whilst competing in the FIRST® LEGO® League during this project.

The British Science Association CREST Awards

Industrial Cadets Accredited

The Engineering Development Trust (EDT) run the Industrial Cadets Awards. The Industrial Cadets experience includes a structured set of activities that develop employability skills in young people. All students competing at a regional FIRST® LEGO® League tournament will automatically receive an EDT Industrial Cadets Silver Award and those teams that qualify for a National Final will receive the EDT Industrial Cadets Gold Award.

EDT Industrial Cadets

FIRST® Tech Challenge in the UK and Ireland

Take part in the next step after FIRST® LEGO® League with FIRST® Tech Challenge.

FIRST® Tech Challenge