FIRST® LEGO® League (for ages 9-14*) focuses on solving real-world problems such as surviving in space, food safety, recycling, energy, and more using STEM concepts, plus a big dose of fun.
*Ages vary by country.
With the guidance of two or more coaches, teams (2-10 members, grades 4-8) apply science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) concepts to solve a real-world problem.
Teams design, build, and program LEGO® Education MINDSTORMS® EV3 robots to perform autonomous "missions" on a themed playing field and design innovative solutions to a real-world problem inspired by the theme.
Along their journey, students develop critical-thinking and team-building skills, build STEM self-confidence, and gain valuable perspective on the importance of failure in the learning process.
A team is 2-10 students, ages 9-14, willing to take on any job to help their team succeed (lots of jobs available for all skill levels and interests). Two or more adult coaches to guide the team through discovery and the competition season.
Once your team is registered, you have a wealth of information at your fingertips in our Resource Library. We give you a head start by announcing the theme months ahead of time — so you can begin researching with your team. Once the Challenge is released (August), teams will receive season-specific information, including Team Meeting Guides and Engineering Notebooks.
There are never any “per student” fees; all costs for individual team members are assumed by the team as a group. New teams can expect to pay approximately $800 for team registration and a reusable robot kit of parts. There are many fundraising opportunities and grants available for teams who need extra help.
Helping students understand that their future does not have to look like their present is extremely important to me as an educator. In our community, we have many talented and intelligent kids, who simply don’t understand the breadth of careers that are available, let alone aspire to attain success in those careers.
“...to transform our culture by creating a world where science and technology are celebrated and where young people dream of becoming science and technology leaders.” — Dean Kamen, Founder