FIRST LEGO League is an international competition organized by FIRST for elementary and middle school students. Each year in August, FIRST LEGO League introduces a scientific and real-world challenge for teams to focus, the robotics part of the competition involves designing and programming LEGO Mindstorms robots to complete tasks. The students work out solutions to the problems they are given and then meet for regional tournaments to share their knowledge, compare ideas. FIRST LEGO League is a partnership between FIRST and the LEGO Group and it also has a scaled-down robotics program for children ages 6–9 called FIRST LEGO League Jr. The teams also receive a list of tasks, called missions, FLL gives teams complete freedom on how to complete the missions, providing that they are completed by a programmed LEGO Mindstorms robot with no outside assistance. The robot has two and a half minutes to complete the missions, each team has an average of 75 days to analyze the challenge mat, design and build a LEGO Mindstorms robot, and program it to fulfill the given missions in any manner they see fit. The robot must be autonomous, and may only one LEGO Mindstorms programmable block. In addition to the live robot run, the competition has three additional judged sections, the first judging session, Core Values, is designed to detect how the team works together and uses the FLL Core Values, which include teamwork, Gracious Professionalism, and Coopertition. Teams are also asked to perform a teamwork exercise, secondly, in the Robot Design, or technical judging, the team explains how they designed their robot and demonstrates their programs to the judges. Thirdly, in the Project, the students must research a topic related to the current challenge, the teams have 5 minutes to present their ideas, and the judges have another 5 minutes to ask questions. Finally, the students must use the robots designed and built to autonomously complete a set of missions on the challenge mat. When the official competition convenes, each team brings their robot to compete on an official challenge mat identical to their own, two members of the team are allowed at the board during a match, however, they can switch out if needed. In the case of a problem, such as the entire robot breaking down. Members are not permitted to bring additional robots or board items from other practice tables to the board during competition, the robot starts in an area marked as base, a white area in the corner or to one side of the table. In base, two members are allowed to touch the robot and start program. If the team touches the robot while it is outside of base and these are stationary Lego models that add to the final score if they remain until the end, providing an incentive to not rescue the robot. The robot is not required to return to base, some teams have completed all their missions without returning to base during the time allowed to complete the missions, FIRST LEGO League teams use LEGO Mindstorms kits to construct their robots. The robots are programmed using one of the block-based programming environments, the official EV3 software, all these are built around Labview
Robot from 2007 'Power Puzzle' season.
Participants build robots with kits such as these.
Trophies made of LEGO blocks for First LEGO League 2005 regional winners.