68 FIRST LEGO League teams from 11 countries land at LEGOLAND California for out-of-this world fun and learning!

68 teams, from USA, Puerto Rico, Canada, Mexico, Korea, Japan, India, Australia, New Zealand, Ghana and Zimbabwe landed at LEGOLAND California to compete in the FIRST LEGO League International Open from May 17-19, 2019.

Helping us celebrate this year’s space theme, Into Orbit,  NASA Astronaut Dan Bursch joined us for the fun and was impressed with the teams’ innovative projects, which were similar to things he explored on the International Space Station.

It was an action-packed weekend filled with excitement, discoveries, new friendships, FUN and memories of a lifetime …. plus teams were also able to enjoy the LEGOLAND and Water Park attractions in their “down” time.

Many thanks go to the 76 volunteers from FIRST Robotics teams, engineers, community members and educators plus the So Cal Robotics League, the local non-profit arm, who provided medals, trophies, meals, polo shirts, photography, VIP escorts, and a Board Dinner to thank our VIPs and leadership team. Without you all, none of this would’ve been possible!

We so are proud of all our teams, and grateful to the coaches, volunteers, and sponsors – Qualcomm and Viasat!


Photo Credit for all photos: Sandy Huffaker Photography.
Thank you Sandy Huffaker for helping tell the story of the weekend with your amazing photography!

This video created by team Narwhal of Ideas commemorates all of the teams who competed over the weekend.



Champion Award: 8 to Automate from Ohio

Champion Award, Runner Up: Tiger Tech Black from Pennsylvania


Robot Performance 1st Place: BWW from Japan

Robot Performance 2nd Place:  8 to Automate from Ohio

Robot Performance 3rd Place: BlockStars from Australia

Robot Performance 4th Place: Scientific Sorcerers from Ohio

Robot Performance 5th Place: The Renaissance from India


Robot Design – Mechanical Design 1st Place: Puzzle from  Korea

Robot Design – Mechanical Design 2nd Place:  STAR LAB from Korea


Robot Design – Programming 1st Place: Gear Gang from Missouri

Robot Design – Programming 2nd Place:  Super Smash Bro Bots from California


Robot Design – Strategy & Innovation 1st Place:  C.A.T.S from Washington

Robot Design – Strategy & Innovation 2nd Place: The Narwhal Of Ideas from South Carolina


Project – Research 1st Place: HashTag from India

Project – Research 2nd Place: Hawkes Bay All Stars from  New Zealand


Project – Presentation 1st Place: Guardians of the Galaxsee from Ontario, Canada

Project – Presentation 2nd Place: RoboWizz from Massachusetts 


Project – Innovative Solution 1st Place: Scientific Sorcerers from Ohio

Project – Innovative Solution 2nd Place:  Honubots from Hawaii


Core Values – Inspiration 1st Place: E3 Strike from Tennessee

Core Values – Inspiration 2nd Place: Salty Circuits from Illinois


Core Values – Teamwork 1st Place: RoboMoose from Texas

Core Values – Teamwork 2nd Place: Mega Bots from New Jersey


Core Values – Gracious Professionalism 1st Place: Project Bucephalus from Australia

Core Values – Gracious Professionalism 2nd Place: Rock-iT from India


Judge’s Award: Guardians of the LEGO Galaxy from Oregon

Judge’s Award: LEGO Leaders from Nevada

Judge’s Award: FIRST FUJISAN voyager from  Japan

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