FIRST LEGO League

FIRST® LEGO® League is a collaboration between the LEGO®  Group and FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), a non-profit organization founded by Dean Kamen that is committed to creating robotic competition programs that will excite and inspire children from kindergarten through high school to excel in math and science.

FIRST LEGO League is a multi-disciplinary program that combines engineering, computer programming, problem-solving, researching, presenting and teamwork into an intense 8 week period.  Teams of 2 to 10 children, ages 9 – 14 (US/CAN), learn science and technology skills and valuable employment and life skills at the same time. The Core Values are the cornerstones of the FIRST LEGO League program, distinguishing it from other programs of its kind. By embracing the Core Values, participants learn that friendly competition and mutual gain are not separate goals, and that helping each other is the foundation of teamwork.

To prepare for a FIRST LEGO League tournament, teams work to build and program a robot to complete a number of tasks on a competition table 2.5 minute robot rounds.  Teams compete in a sports-like environment where spectators cheer their successes.  Teams also meet with Robot Design Judges, who evaluate their robot design, programming and their problem-solving strategies; Project Judges, who look at their research project, solution and outreach; and Core Values Judges, who evaluate how well the group functioned as a team and incorporated the values of FIRST.

Each new challenge is announced in August. Ohio Regional Qualifying Events will be held from November through December in Ohio and District Qualifying Tournaments will be held in January. The FIRST LEGO League Ohio Champship will be held in February at the Ervin J. Nutter Center in Dayton, OH.

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What are the FIRST LEGO League Core Values?

Core Values

The FIRST LEGO League Core Values are the cornerstones of the program. They are among the fundamental elements that distinguish FIRST LEGO League from other programs of its kind. By embracing the Core Values, participants learn that friendly competition and mutual gain are not separate goals, and that helping one another is the foundation of teamwork.

  • We are a team.
  • We do the work to find solutions with guidance from our coaches and mentors.
  • We know our coaches and mentors don't have all the answers; we learn together.
  • We honor the spirit of friendly competition.
  • What we discover is more important than what we win.
  • We share our experiences with others.
  • We display Gracious Professionalism® and Coopertition® in everything we do.
  • We have FUN!