IET FIRST® LEGO® League

FIRST® LEGO® League is a global science and technology challenge for teams of students, to encourage an interest in real world issues and develop key skills that are crucial for their future careers. The students work together to explore a given topic and to design, build and program an autonomous LEGO® robot to solve a series of missions.

The IET FIRST® LEGO® League 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, and students will need to demonstrate the FIRST® LEGO® League core values throughout all their work.

Launching globally August 2019, IET FIRST® LEGO® League Jr. Discovery introduces teams of four 4-6 year olds to the world of STEM and the annual IET FIRST® LEGO® League topic through the use of Lego Duplo.  Children develop their communication, problem solving and collaboration skills through playful STEM tasks.

Teams of six 6-9 year olds explore the annual IET FIRST® LEGO® League topic and create a Lego Model solution to a problem with an autonomous moving part using LEGO® WeDo technology.  The children showcase their learning at an IET FIRST® LEGO® League Expo held at one of our partner colleges.

Teams of between two and ten 9 to 16 years old work with a supporting adult coach. Each annual challenge involves a robot game and a research project, and students need to demonstrate the IET FIRST® LEGO® League core values throughout all their work.

With the support of ESP seven colleges across Scotland ran events for up to 10 teams. Partners from commerce, education and industry will be invited to judge key aspects of the competition below:

Core Values

Every aspect of the programme requires the consideration of core values. While competing, the teams have to demonstrate core values including innovation, teamwork and inclusion. Together these Core Values are shown through the Gracious Professionalism and co-operation that teams display when they work together. Friendly competition, being respectful and having a great time are central to what makes FIRST® LEGO® League so special.

Project

Teams deliver a short presentation about a real world problem they have identified. They should discuss how they analysed the problem and how their innovative solution may be implemented.

Robot Activity

Teams design and build a robot using a LEGO® MINDSTORMS® 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 “Mission Moon”.