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 The 2021 – 22 season has been launched in August 2021 and is called CARGO CONNECT which is all about how goods are transported, sorted and delivered to destinations.

FIRST® LEGO® League Challenge
All Scottish regional tournaments have been pushed back to run between 19 April to 20 May 2022 with the the Scottish Final now taking place on Saturday 11 June 2022 at Michelin Scotland Innovation Parc, Dundee.

Ayrshire (Kilmarnock)
Dundee and Angus
North Highland
The Islands
West Highland (Fort William)
West Lothian (Livingston)

Date of Tournament
Friday 20 May 2022
Friday 22 April 2022
New date TBC
Thursday 21 April 2022
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Friday 13 May 2022
New date TBC

Point of Contact
Ged Freel
Jennifer Simpson
Catherine Brotherton
William Foreman
Jennifer Brickwood
Marcus Mennie
Iain MacDonald
Claire Thomson
Graham Clark

Registration: The IET have reopened all the Scottish regional tournament registrations.  For more information and to sign up, visit:

Funding: Applications for the third round of funding across all three divisions will open on 17 January 2022 and closes at midday of 18 February 2022.  For more information and to apply, visit: Funding packages – IET Education (

FIRST® LEGO® League Explore
Everything you need to know about registering your team for FIRST® LEGO® League Explore

Option 1
A team of up to six members, that will go to a Regional Festival (please note the COVID-19 update above) to share their work. Registration costs £25.00 plus VAT and includes:

  • 1 x Explore Set (box of LEGO® based around the annual theme)
  • 6 x Engineering Notebooks (one for each child)
  • 1 x Team Meeting Guide (for the coach)

The Explore Set includes the pieces needed to build the Explore Model (you can find the build instructions on the FIRST® LEGO® League Explore Team Resources page and lots of other LEGO® pieces for creative building!

Don’t forget: You will need some LEGO® Education WeDo 2.0s or LEGO® SPIKE Essential’s to complete the challenge – these are available from any LEGO® Education distribution partner such as Raising Robots and Creative Hut. You will also need a suitable tablet/laptop in order to download the free software to program your WeDo 2.0 or LEGO® SPIKE Essential.

Option 2
FIRST® LEGO® League Explore Class Pack is a version of the globally successful FIRST® LEGO® League Explore that enables a teacher or coach to deliver the programme with a larger group of children. Class Pack is designed for a whole class of children working in multiple teams and costs between £70-180 plus VAT.

Remember: You will need some LEGO® Education WeDo 2.0s or LEGO® SPIKE Essential’s to complete the challenge –these are available from any LEGO® Education distribution partner such as Raising Robots and Creative Hut. You will also need a suitable tablet/laptop in order to download the free software to program your WeDo 2.0 or LEGO® SPIKE Essential.

Festival location
Dumfries and Galloway
• Dumfries Campus
• Stranraer Campus

Thursday 9 June 2022
Thursday 16 June 2022

For more information, contact   

To register your team, please visit:

Additional information on LEGO Mindstorms EV3 and SPIKE Prime

Connect your LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 to Scratch- an invention kit with motors and sensors you can use to build interactive robotic creations. Connecting it to Scratch expands the possibilities: build a robotic puppet and tell stories, make your own musical instruments and game controllers, or whatever else you can imagine.

Getting Started with SPIKE Prime – assemble your SPIKE Prime set, learn about the solution, download and use the software.

LEGO® Education Spike™ – download and engage every pupil in playful STEM learning with the LEGO® Education SPIKE™ App.

Raising Robots LEGO Training Education TrainingFIRST® LEGO® League and Raising Robots will be running a series of online workshops to help teams utilise their SPIKE Prime, SPIKE Essential, WeDO 2.0 and EV3 as well as answer any queries around coding and software used.

CLICK HERE to view the Scottish curriculum grid for the IET FIRST® LEGO® League Discover.

CLICK HERE to view the Scottish curriculum grid for the IET FIRST® LEGO® League Explore.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

For further information, contact:

IET FIRST® LEGO® League Discover Coordinator: Olivia Oakley at

IET FIRST® LEGO® League Explore Coordinator: Demi Cornell at

IET FIRST® LEGO® League Challenge Coordinator: Rosie Hooper at

The IET FIRST® LEGO® League Scotland Final

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.  The inaugural Scottish final was held at Perth College UHI on 29 February 2019.

Core Values

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.

Innovation Project

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.

Robot Design

Teams must explain to the judges how they designed, built and programmed their LEGO® robot to complete the missions in the Robot Game.

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.

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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

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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