IET FIRST® LEGO® League is a global challenge which introduces science, technology, engineering, and maths (STEM) to children ages 4-16 through fun, exciting hands-on learning. Participants gain real-world problem solving experience through a guided, global robotics program, helping today’s students and teachers build a better future together.
The three divisions listed below, inspire young people to experiment and grow their critical thinking, coding, and design skills through hands on STEM learning and robotics.
IET FIRST® LEGO® League Discover introduces teams of four 4-6 year olds to the world of STEM through the use of LEGO® Duplo® bricks. Children develop their communication, problem solving and collaboration skills through playful STEM tasks.
Children get the chance to showcase their learning journey at the end of the programme with a Celebration Event, which involves building, a special challenge and talking about what they have learnt with parents and other adults. Their hard work and perseverance are celebrated with a certificate and lots of high fives. Registration for the 2020-21 PLAYMAKERSSM season will open in September.
IET FIRST® LEGO® League Explore rapidly develops teamwork, design, programming and communication skills, but the most important thing is that it is great fun and makes the children feel proud of what they have achieved.
The teams research the annual topic, displaying their ideas on a ‘Show Me’ poster. They build a LEGO® model and program one part to move using LEGO® Education WeDo 2.0 software. The children showcase their learning at a ‘Festival’ held at one of our partner colleges. Registration for the 2020-21 PLAYMAKERSSM season will open in September.
Registration for the 2020-21 RePLAYSM is open now and full Challenge information will be released on 5 August 2020.
The IET FIRST® LEGO® League Challenge is for young people aged 9 to 16 years, working in teams of up to ten students with a supporting adult coach. Each challenge involves a robot game and a research project. Students also need to demonstrate the FIRST® LEGO® League core values throughout all their work.
With the support of ESP, colleges across Scotland will run tournaments. Partners from commerce, education and industry will be invited to judge key aspects of the competition (listed below). The inaugural Scottish final was held at Perth College UHI on 29 February 2019.
Every aspect of the programme requires the consideration of core values. Whilst competing, the teams have to demonstrate core values including innovation, teamwork and inclusion. Friendly competition, being respectful and having a great time are central to what makes FIRST® LEGO® League so special.
Teams must research the annual theme as detailed in the Challenge Document. After exploring different ideas, they will identify one problem related to the theme, design a solution to solve it, and develop a presentation to communicate how they analysed the problem and how their innovative solution might be implemented.
Teams must explain to the judges how they designed, built and programmed their LEGO® robot to complete the missions in the Robot Game.
Teams design and build a robot using a LEGO® MINDSTORMS® or SPIKE™ Prime kit that they program to autonomously complete a series of missions on a specialised field to score as many points as possible. This year’s challenge is “RePLAYSM”.
The British Science Association runs the CREST Award scheme. It is a nationally recognised accreditation scheme for STEM project work with 40,000 young people in the UK gaining awards each year. Teams can complete a Discovery CREST Award whilst taking part in FIRST® LEGO® League Explore and those competing in the FIRST® LEGO® League Challenge can complete a Bronze CREST Award. CREST AWARDS
The Engineering Development Trust (EDT) runs the Industrial Cadets Awards. The Industrial Cadets experience includes a structured set of activities that develop employability skills in
young people. Children will receive the Bronze Award for taking part in FIRST® LEGO® League Explore. All team members competing at a regional FIRST® LEGO® League Challenge tournament will automatically receive an EDT Industrial Cadets Silver Award and those teams who qualify for a National Final will receive the EDT Industrial Cadets Gold Award. INDUSTRIAL CADETS
LEGO Education Hygiene Guidelines
Due to the ongoing restrictions arising from COVID-19 all UK tournaments have been rescheduled to run between March and May 2021 with a Scottish final on 12 June 21. We will continue to follow Government advice to ensure teams can compete whilst maintaining the safety and well-being of all involved.