Making space for FIRST® LEGO® League




Making space for FIRST®  LEGO® League FIRST LEGO League makes an exciting and enjoyable way to engage your class with a range of curriculum areas. Many teachers integrate it with a specific subject, normally  science, maths or language. Others will use it as a cross-curricular project. How you choose to employ it is up to you. You will find some suggestions below.


Teams can have up to 10 members. To give each member the  best learning experience, you can register more teams or set up FLL® as an optional class. Feedback from teachers indicates that  both of these work well. It can also  be planned as an after-school activity or as a school-parent project.

Try allowing  everyone to work together in the  initial phases of the  Project and the  Robot Design task. Then  hold  a ‘job fair’ and get  each student to apply for the  job they  want  to do. This way, you can select the  strongest team, the  one that  gives the  most inspiration to certain children or a combination of the  two.

Cooperation is integral to FIRST LEGO League. If a team is split into smaller work groups, make sure there are regular status meetings. This is also  a useful way for the  smaller groups to get  comments and suggestions from other members of the  class.

One  of the  more effective ways of using FLL is to encourage girls to apply for the  robot-related tasks. They tend to choose project-related tasks unless they  are encouraged in another direction.


Create the  conditions for the  students to tackle the  Challenge by acting as a facilitator. Set  the  stage, manage the  process, and encourage the  students to reflect on their  work. Here are some suggestions for how this may  work:

  • Setting the stage – set out the rules  for co-operation in the  team(s) and keep the  students motivated.
  • Managing the process – gently keep the team moving forward,  resolve any conflicts and,  most importantly, make sure that  all the  students are involved during the  process and that  all students’ contributions are equally valued.
  • Encouraging reflection – ask questions, but do  not provide answers to encourage students to come up with their  own solutions. Your questions should be explorative, challenging and motivating.

Working with FIRST LEGO League gives students a chance to cooperate, to get  some qualifications and  to transform theory into practice. The concept offers many different tasks ranging from presentations to programming that draw on many different competences.


Teams will have 8 to 10 weeks between the  release of the  Challenge online  and the  first regional tournaments. Here are some ways that  you can schedule work on FIRST®  LEGO®  League:

  • Spend one full week and then a couple of lessons a week for the remainder of the time
  • Spend one or two lessons a week for the duration of the whole  project
  • Use two solid weeks to work on the programme
  • Spend one or two afternoon(s) a week during the project period.

Surveys suggest that  teams spend five to six hours a week working  on the  project. Be aware that  new teams or teams with younger members may  need more time  while older or more experienced teams may  need less.  Teams often enjoy  the  task so much that  they  may  spontaneously spend breaks between lessons or time  outside school working  on the  programme.


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