FIRST LEGO League
FIRST LEGO League is an international robotics program for students aged 9-14 designed to promote job and life skills and encourage student exploration in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Students participate in a robot game, and are judged on a research project, their robot design, and a teamwork challenge. FIRST LEGO League teams consist of 2-10 students and at least 2 coaches/mentors who guide students through the season.
In the robot game, students design, build, and program an autonomous robot using the LEGO Mindstorms platform. Teams may earn points at competitions by completing challenges on the themed game board. Teams also present their robot design and programming as part of the robot game.
For the research aspect, teams choose an issue related to the annual theme and create an innovative solution to solve that issue. While researching, teams are strongly encouraged to reach out to businesses and professional who can give guidance to their research. Once research is complete, teams create a presentation and visual aid to communicate their research and outcomes.
Core Values are part of what make all FIRST programs successful, and as a result are vital to making FIRST LEGO League an effective program. Teams practice gracious professionalism and coopertition constantly by sharing ideas and communicating positively with other teams and experts. Even though FIRST LEGO League is fueled by competition, teams are always encouraged to cooperate, share resources and tips, and learn from one another. During competitions, teams are evaluated on how well they work together and with other people. Judges specifically look for demonstration of enthusiasm, team spirit, partnership, and respect.
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