When students are engaged in hands-on STEM experiences, they build confidence, grow their knowledge and develop habits of learning. When adults coach these students, they encourage them to try, fail, and try again, while connecting STEM concepts to real-world examples.
FIRST® LEGO® League is the most accessible, guided, global robotics competition, helping students and teachers to build a better future together. The program is built around theme-based Challenges to engage children ages 9 to 16* in research, problem solving, coding, and engineering. The foundation of the program is the FIRST® Core Values, which emphasize teamwork, discovery, and innovation. Students emerge more confident, excited, and equipped with the skills they need in a changing workforce.
FIRST® LEGO® League challenges children ages 9 to 16 to think like scientists and engineers. During each season, teams of up to 10 members will choose and solve a real-world problem in the Project. They will also build, test, and program an autonomous robot using LEGO® MINDSTORMS technology to solve a set of missions in the Robot Game. Throughout their experience, teams will operate under Core Values celebrating discovery, teamwork, and Gracious Professionalism®.
Past themes include space, natural disasters, senior citizens, food health & safety, climate change, medical science, and nanotechnology. Tournaments are run with the feel of a sporting event, and teams compete like crazy while having the time of their lives. What FIRST® LEGO® League teams accomplish is nothing short of amazing. It’s fun. It’s exciting. And the skills they learn will last a lifetime.
The challenge details are launched on the 1st August each year.
FIRST® LEGO® League is a multi-part competition judged on three important elements:
Teams design, build and program a LEGO® robot to complete a series of challenges. The robot has to operate on pre-programmed instructions, and complete as many challenges as possible in only 2 minutes and 30 seconds. The challenge changes every year and is always based on the year’s global theme. The 2018 game, INTO ORBIT, was based on living and working in space and creating solutions to problems that astronauts may experience. Two teams compete on adjacent tables to score as many points as possible, and a number of awards are given for robot performance, programming innovation, and clever design.
Every year, teams study the years theme and develop solutions to problems they’ve identified in society. Through the project, teams learn more about the competition theme and present their ideas to a panel of judges. Working on the project teaches students to research, think critically, work as a team and speak publicly. The project shows students they have the power to change the world, as teams can share successful ideas with their community, their school, their families, even all of Australia and the world. The international FIRST® LEGO® League Global Innovation Award provides teams with a way to share their solution with the entire global FIRST community.
Throughout the competition, teams are judged on their adherence to the FIRST® LEGO® League core values, including teamwork, Coopertition®, and Gracious Professionalism®. This aspect of FIRST® LEGO® League is designed to develop the students of today into the responsible citizens of tomorrow. Good examples of Core Values are observed and recognised with awards and trophies. Through this celebration of good qualities, FIRST® LEGO® League seeks to make students into better competitors, citizens, problem-solvers, and engineers.
FIRST® LEGO® League is an incredibly rewarding program for young students, and teams can come from schools, social groups, community groups, homes, church groups, etc.
If you want to start a team, there are a few things you’ll need:
- A dedicated adult coach
- A LEGO® Education Mindstorms EV3 or NXT Robot Kit
- A FIRST® LEGO® League Game Kit (new themed game kit each year with registration)
- A place to meet to work on building robots, practicing games and working on the project.
- You will need to buy or build your own Game table.
*Please note that the LEGO® Mindstorms® Robotics Kit is not a part of the yearly FIRST® LEGO® League game kit and must be purchased separately from an authorised retailer. You will receive your game kit(s) from FIRST® New Zealand.
Registration & Costs
NZD $450 per team for one game kit including GST plus shipping. Prices do not include the LEGO® Education Mindstorms EV3 or NXT Robot.
Complete this registration form to participate in the 2019/2020 Season
This registration cost includes a competition challenge set for the team to practice with, and entry to a National or Regional tournament. Teams will, however, incur further registration costs to compete outside of New Zealand for World Championships and other International Off-Season events.