FIRST LEGO League Robotics

  • Students working with Lego robotics

    What is FIRST?

    FIRST stands for For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology. FIRST’s mission is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders and innovators, by engaging them in exciting Mentor-based programs that build science, engineering, and technology skills, and foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership.

    FIRST host 4 levels of STEM inspired groups: FIRST LEGO League, Jr. (FLL, Jr.), FIRST LEGO League (FLL), FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC), and FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC). Widefield School Districts has FLL, Jr., FLL, and FTC teams that work throughout the year.

    What is First Lego League (FLL)?

    FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL) is a dynamic program that supports children and youngsters in order to introduce them to science, technology, and engineering in a sporty and engaging atmosphere. FLL provides exposure and opportunity to innovatively solve real life problems.

    The objective is to:

    • make children and youngsters enthusiastic about science and technology
    • to equip the participants with CORE Values - teamwork and communication skills
    • to encourage children and youngsters to solve complex tasks in a creative way

    FLL is a robotics competition in a friendly atmosphere. Students work together to achieve points by completing missions with the robot, presenting research on a chosen topic centered around a theme, and answer questions in an interview about their team, robot, and research. FLL teams work together to design and program a robot to complete missions on a predesigned board. At competition, the robot must complete these missions autonomously.

    The FLL Teams take the opportunity to experience all steps of a real product development process: solving a problem under time pressure with insufficient resources and unknown competitors. FLL is a small microcosmos of real business life in all its respects.

    What is First Lego League, Jr.?

    As an introduction to FLL, the Junior teams are a small scale version of what students will be exposed to in FLL. Guided by two or more adult Coaches, teams (up to 6 members, grades K-3) explore a real-world scientific problem. Students spend time as a team researching the real world problem, then use the LEGO’s WeDo 2.0 LEGO kit and software to design and program a motorized model of what they have learned. Students present their research and learning on a Show Me poster at a regional exhibition that describes their research, introduces their team, and displays their model.

    Throughout the meetings, teams learn about teamwork, the wonders of science and technology, and the FIRSTLEGO League Jr. Core Values, which include respect, sharing, and critical thinking. (

    Annual Challenge

    Every year, FIRST® LEGO League releases a Challenge, which is based on a real-world scientific topic.

    Each Challenge has three parts: the Robot Game, the Project, and the Core Values. Teams of up to ten children, with at least two adult coaches, participate in the Challenge by programming an autonomous robot to score points on a themed playing field (Robot Game), developing a solution to a problem they have identified (Project), all guided by the FIRST LEGO League Core Values. Teams may then attend an official tournament, hosted by our FIRST LEGO League Partners.

    This Year's Challenge/Theme

    On your mark, get set, flow! Drink in the 2017/2018 AQUA ADVENTURE season and learn all about water – how we find, transport, use, or dispose of it. In the 2017/2018 FIRST® LEGO® League Challenge, students age 9 to 16* from 80 countries will make a splash with AQUA ADVENTURE. What might become possible when we understand what happens to our water?

    FIRST LEGO League challenges kids to think like scientists and engineers. During the AQUA ADVENTURE season, teams will choose and solve a real-world problem in the Project. They will also build, test, and program an autonomous robot using LEGO® MINDSTORMS® technology to solve a set of missions in the Robot Game. Throughout their experience, teams will operate under the FIRST LEGO League signature set of Core Values, celebrating discovery, teamwork, and Gracious Professionalism®.

    First Tech Challenge

    FIRST Tech Challenge teams (10+ members, grades 7-12) are challenged to design, build, program, and operate robots to compete in a head-to-head challenge in an alliance format. Participants call it “the hardest fun you’ll ever have!” Guided by adult Coaches and Mentors, students develop STEM skills and practice engineering principles (like keeping an engineering notebook), while realizing the value of hard work, innovation, and sharing ideas. The robot kit is reusable from year-to-year and can be programmed using a variety of languages, including Java. Teams also must raise funds, design and market their team brand, and do community outreach for which they can win awards. Participants have access to tens of millions of dollars in college scholarships. Each season concludes with Super-Regional Championships and an exciting FIRST Championship.


    This year, students will participate in the FIRST Relic Recovery competition.

    Build Days

    • Sat., 9/16/2017 - 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM @ Webster Elementary - Click Here to See the Presentation Slides
    • Sat., 9/30/2017 - 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM @ Janitell Jr. High
    • Sat., 10/21/2017 - 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM @ French Elementary