About FIRST LEGO League

Registration for FLL 2017 is closed.

FIRST LEGO League (FLL) is an international competition organized by FIRST for elementary and middle school students (ages 9–14 in the United States and Canada, 9–16 elsewhere). Each year in August, FIRST LEGO League introduces a scientific and real-world challenge for teams to focus and research on. The robotics part of the competition involves desigining and programming LEGO Mindstorms robots to complete tasks. The students work out solutions to the various problems they are given and then meet for regional tournaments to share their knowledge, compare ideas, and display their robots. FIRST LEGO League is a partnership between FIRST and the LEGO Group. It also has a scaled-down robotics program for children ages 6–9 called FIRST LEGO League Jr.The competition is split into three judged sections and a live robot run. The first judging session, Core Values, is designed to detect how the team works together and uses the FLL Core Values, which include teamwork, Gracious Professionalism, and Coopertition. Teams are also asked to perform a teamwork exercise (usually timed). Secondly, in the Robot Design, or technical judging, the team explains how they designed their robot and demonstrates their programs to the judges. Thirdly, in the Project, the students must research a topic related to the current challenge and create an innovative solution. The teams have 5 minutes to present their ideas, and the judges have another 5 minutes to ask questions. Finally, the students must use the robots they designed and built to autonomously complete a set of tasks on the challenge mat.

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Jesse Carlson
Water Resources Engineer for the City of Savage
Ph# 952-882-2686
Email: JCarlaon@ci.savage.mn.us

Monica Heil, PE
Senior Project Manager with WSB
Ph# 952-737-4675
Email: MHeil@wsbeng.com

Troy Kuphal
District Director for Scott Soil and a Water Conservation District District
Ph# 952-492-5425

Jon Hess
Scott County Scott County Soil and Water Conservation District District
Ph# 952-592-5425

Colleen Carlson
Extension Educator for At Production Systems Carver and Scott Counties
Ph# 507-521-3640
Email: traxl042@umn.edu