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FIRST Lego League

Prime Legacy Team
Prime Legacy Team

FIRSTLEGO League (FLL) is an international competitive organization which allows kids ages 9-14 years of age(US/CAN/MEX) to build and operate a LEGO Mindstorm robot, solve a real-world challenge, and present their solutions to our community and a panel of LEGO judges in one crazy-fun, competitive day (mid November at Churchville-Chili Middle School).

FLL begins in early September with field set-up and creation of our LEGO game pieces.  Building the game pieces usually takes a couple of meetings to accurately complete.  After the field is set-up … it’s down to the nitty-gritty:

  1. Project Presentation
    Project Presentation

    Programming the LEGO Mindstorm NXT robot to accomplish tasks on the playing field provided by LEGO.  Each successfully completed task is worth points and each member of our team will be expected to learn how to program the robot to complete a task.  We will have the assistance of past members as well as mentors.

  2. Solving the real-world challenge issued by LEGO.  Each year LEGO issues a real world challenge for the kids to solve.  This year’s FIRST LEGO 2014 challenge is to design an innovative solution to the question: “How can the St. Agnes LEGO League help others to learn more about … the topic of our choice?!” We will research and devise and ultimately present to the public a solution that adds value to society by improving something that already exists, using something that exists in a new way, or inventing something totally new to help people of all ages learn and remember new information for a longer time.  The kids will be expected to tap members of their community and professionals related to their solution as well as more traditional forms of research such as libraries and the internet. Once the solution has come to life in whatever format the kids choose, they have to create a formal, creative, and entertaining presentation of their findings and present it to an applicable community audience as well as in front of the LEGO judges during the competition. Just as with the robot programming, each team member is required to perform all areas of presentation: research, construction of the solution, and oral presentation.

Perhaps most importantly, FIRST stresses that all LEGO League members exhibit its Core Values. 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!

Like any other organized “sport”, teams also fundraise, create a team identity, and go on field trips.  With over 20,000+ teams in over 70 countries, FLL is constantly expanding and we are happy to be a part of it.  If you are interested in the program, please click on the links available at the bottom of the page for more details.  To see some FLL teams in action, visit their YouTube Channel or their website http://www.firstlegoleague.org.