FIRST LEGO League
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3 FIRST LEGO League Divisions
FIRST LEGO League guides youth through STEM learning and exploration at an early age. From Discover, to Explore and then to Challenge, students will understand the basics of STEM and apply their skills in an exciting competition while gaining productive learning habits, confidence, and teamwork skills along the way.
GRADES PRE K – 1
For children ages 4-6, Discover is a playful introductory STEM program that ignites natural curiosity and builds habits of learning with hands-on activities in the classroom and at home using LEGO® DUPLO® bricks.
GRADES 2 – 4
In Explore, teams of students ages 6-10 focus on the fundamentals of engineering as they explore real-world problems, learn to design, and code and create unique solutions made with LEGO bricks and powered by LEGO® Education SPIKETM Essential or WeDo 2.0.
GRADES 4 – 8
Friendly competition is at the heart of Challenge, as teams of students ages 9-16* engage in research, problem-solving, coding, and engineering – building and programming a LEGO robot that navigates the missions of a robot game.
2023-2024 season challenge
Create the future in MASTERPIECE
In the MASTERPIECE challenge, debuting August 1, 2023, FIRST LEGO League teams will imagine and innovate new ways to create and communicate art across the globe.
GRADES 4 – 8
FIRST LEGO League Challenge teams get to:
- Use and apply the FIRST Core Values and engineering design process to develop a robot and Innovation Project solutions.
- Identify and research a problem related to the season theme then design and create an Innovation Project solution.
- Identify a mission strategy and design, create, and code a robot to complete missions.
- Test, iterate, and improve their Robot Design and Innovation Project.
- Communicate their Robot Design and Innovation Project and demonstrate their robot in the Robot Game.
- Learn to listen to others ideas and have fun throughout their time together as a team.
Demonstrate FIRST Core Values in everything you do. Your team will be evaluated during the Robot Game and the judging session. Core Values are judged everywhere, Referees at the Robot Game table will also be watching how the teams embody Gracious Professionalism® – the spirit of friendly competition unique to all FIRST programs.
Your team will:
- Apply teamwork and discovery to explore the challenge.
- Innovate with new ideas about your robot and project.
- Show how your team and your solutions will have an impact and be inclusive!
- Celebrate by having fun in everything you do!
Your team will prepare a short presentation on your robot design, strategy and program.
Your team will also:
Identify your mission strategy.
Design your robot and programs and create an effective plan.
Create your robot and coding solution.
Iterate, test, and improve your robot and program.
Communicate your robot design process and everyone’s contributions with the judges
Your team will have three 2.5-minute matches to complete as many missions as possible.
Your team will:
Build the mission models and follow the field setup to put the models on the mat.
Review the missions and rules.
Design and build a robot.
Explore building and coding skills while practicing with your robot on the mat.
Compete at an event.
Your team will prepare a live, engaging presentation to explain the work you have done on your Innovation Project.
Your team will:
Identify and research a problem to solve.
Design a new solution or improve an existing one, based on your selected idea, brainstorming and plan.
Create a model, drawing, or prototype.
Iterate on your solution by sharing it with professionals, those that would be impacted and collecting feedback.
Communicate your solution’s impact with the judges.
GRADES 2 – 4
It’s never too early to discover STEM. FIRST LEGO League Explore introduces science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) concepts to kids ages 6 to 10 while exciting them through a brand they know and love − LEGO®.
Guided by adult Coaches, teams of up to 6 members explore a real-world scientific problem such as energy, transportation of goods, recycling, etc. Then they create a Show-Me poster that illustrates their journey of discovery and introduces their team.
They also construct a motorized model of what they learned using LEGO elements. In the process, teams learn about teamwork, the wonders of science and technology, and the FIRST LEGO League Explore Core Values and critical thinking. At the end of team season they come together at a Festival to show what they’ve learned, share ideas, celebrate, and have fun!
FIRST LEGO League Expolore teams get to:
- Design and build challenge solutions using LEGO® elements and motorized parts
- Apply real-world math and science concepts
- Research challenges facing their community today
- Learn team-building and presentation skills
- Develop Show-Me posters to present their research journey
- Learn to work together and accept others opinions
- Share ideas and talents
- Build self-confidence, knowledge and life skills
"I don’t use kids to build robots. I use robots to build kids." - Dean Kamen, FIRST founder
FIRST LEGO LEAGUE
California – Southern
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Non-Technical and Technical Roles Available
FIRST® LEGO® League is a volunteer-run organization lead by passionate, like minded individuals who see the value in encouraging elementary through middle school students to participate in a program that exposes them to a world of imagination and innovating.
- Make a difference in the lives of young people
- Help young people apply real-world math and science concepts
- Network with like-minded professionals
- Help celebrate science and technology
- Help kids discover the fun in science and technology
Volunteers are needed to enable more than 2,400 Southern California FIRST® LEGO® League students to compete at tournaments and demonstrate what they have achieved.
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