What is FLL®? Since this is the first year that it is officially in Utah, many people are asking what this LEGO program actually is. FLL® is an incredible program started by a well-known inventor, Dean Kamen. There are several parts of the competition:
1) Robot Design: the team builds a robot (or robots) to accomplish specific "missions" which change from year to year.
2) Robot game: the robots are programmed to compete in a public sports type setting for points based on how many missions are completed in a 2 1/2 minute time frame. This is not easy, but it is fun!
3) Innovative Project: the team works on a real world problem and comes up with their own innovative idea related to the challenge theme of the year. Many successful teams visit and work with and/or share their idea with professionals in the field to get valuable input on their project.
4) Teamwork: teams are judged on their ability to work together while solving problems in front of a panel of judges.
5) Presentation: it is difficult to fit a lot of information into a small amount of time. To top it off, try and do this in a creative presentation. The team gets 5 minutes to share all of the information related to their innovation to a panel of judges. The judges get 5 minutes to ask the team questions related to the project.
The important part: the kids do the work.
To find out more about FIRST® LEGO® League go to their media page at:
To find out more about FLL® in Utah: