FIRST® LEGO® League is a multi-part competition judged on three important elements:
Teams design, build and program a LEGO® robot to complete a series of challenges. The robot has to operate on pre-programmed instructions, and complete as many tasks as possible in only 2 minutes and 30 seconds. The challenge changes every year and is always based on the year’s central theme. The 2013 game, Natures Fury, was based on natural disasters and robots had to clear branches of power lines, raise flood warning signs, and more. Teams compete on adjacent tables to score as many points as possible, and a number of awards are given for robot performance, programming innovation and clever design.
Every year, teams study the years theme and develop solutions to problems they’ve identified in society. Through the project, teams learn more about the competition theme and present their ideas to a panel of judges. Working on the project teaches students to research, think critically, work as a team and speak publicly. The project shows students they have the power to change the world, as teams can share successful ideas with their community, their school, their families, even all of Australia and the world. The international FIRST® LEGO® League Global Innovation Award provides teams with a way to share their solution with the entire global FIRST community.
3. Core Values
Throughout the competition, teams are judged on their adherence to the FIRST® LEGO® League core values, including teamwork, Coopertition®, and Gracious Professionalism®. This aspect of FIRST® LEGO® League is designed to develop the students of today into the responsible citizens of tomorrow. Good examples of Core Values are observed and recognised with awards and trophies. Through this celebration of good qualities, FIRST® LEGO® League seeks to make students into better competitors, citizens, problem-solvers and engineers.
Requirements and Cost
FIRST® LEGO® League is an incredibly rewarding program for young students, and teams can come from schools, social groups, community groups, homes, church groups, etc.
If you want to start a team, there are a few things you’ll need:
A dedicated adult coach
A LEGO Education Mindstorms EV3 or NXT Robot Kit
A FIRST LEGO League Game Kit (new themed game kit each year with registration)
A place to meet to work on building robots, practising games and working on the project.
*Please note that the LEGO Mindstorms Robotics Kit is not a part of the yearly FIRST LEGO League game kit and must be purchased separately from an authorized retailer. You will receive your game kit(s) from FIRST Australia.
Registering a team for the current FIRST® LEGO® League season (in Australia) incurs the following fees:
AUD$400 for one team with one game kit + shipping
AUD$475 for two teams sharing one game kit + shipping
AUD$800 for two teams with two game kits + shipping
This registration cost includes a competition challenge set for the team to practice with, and the right to compete at a regional qualifying tournament. There are no further registration fees for teams to compete at the state and national level. Teams will, however, incur further registration costs to compete outside of Australia for World Championships and other International Off-Season events.
Levels/Progression of Competition
Each year the new game is released in August, worldwide.
Regional qualifying tournaments are held in early November.
Teams who advance to state competitions will compete mid-late November.
Teams who perform well in their state competitions will qualify to compete at the Australian National Championship in December, at which they may qualify further to compete at an international event, representing Australia.