What is FIRST® LEGO® League and how does it work?

FLL® is a project-based programme. Over recent years, students participating in the  program have looked at a number of annual ‘Challenge’ topics. They include:

  • Global climate
  • How best to help people with disabilities
  • Nanotechnology
  • Protecting the oceans
  • Keeping food safe
  • Helping older people stay independent, engaged, and connected.

The Challenges are developed in co-operation with educators and topic experts from academia, business and industry.


  • A research assignment called ‘The Project’ where students research and come up with innovative ideas for solving a defined, real-world challenge
  • A ‘Robot Game’ where students design and program a LEGO® MINDSTORMS® robot to solve missions on a special obstacle course
  • ‘Core Values’, the work process the students go through to obtain important life skills such as problem solving, critical  thinking,  creativity, and team-work.


The annual programme allows students to experience a creative process in which  they  are in command. Their task is to solve problems and invent  solutions inside a tight  time  frame – just like in real  life.

Here are the  stages:

  • A team is formed comprising up to 10 students and at least one adult coach or teacher
  • The team registers with the FIRST® LEGO®  League partner in their  country or region
  • The Challenge is announced live on the Internet between late August and early  September
  • Teams have 8 to 10 weeks to conduct research, come up with an innovative solution to the problem they have identified, prepare  and make their  presentations
  • Teams compete at regional tournaments and present their work to a panel of judges consisting of experts and volunteers
  • Winners of regional tournaments advance to national tournaments
  • Winners of national tournaments may get the  chance to attend international tournaments.


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