FIRST LEGO League
What is FIRST Lego League?
FIRST LEGO League (FLL) is an international competition organized by FIRST for elementary and middle school students (ages 9–14 in the United States and Canada, 9–16 elsewhere).
Each year in August, FIRST LEGO League introduces a scientific and real-world challenge for teams to focus and research on. Each team has to design and program a LEGO Mindstorm robot to complete tasks. These students work out solutions to the various problems they are given and then meet for regional tournaments to share their knowledge, ideas, and robots.
FIRST LEGO League is a partnership between FIRST and the LEGO Group. It also has a similar robotics program for younger children 6–9 years old called FIRST LEGO League Jr.
The competition is split into three judged sections and a live robot run. The first judging session, Core Values, is designed to detect how the team works together and uses the FLL Core Values, which include teamwork, Gracious Professionalism, and Coopertition. Teams are also asked to perform a teamwork exercise. Secondly, in Robot Design, or technical judging, the team explains how they designed their robot and demonstrate their programs to the judges. Lastly, in the Project, the students must research a topic related to the current challenge and create an innovative solution. All teams have five minutes to present their ideas, and another five minutes to be question by the judges. Finally, the students must use the robots they have designed and built to complete a set of tasks, or missions, on the challenge mat provided by FIRST.
Warbotics was formed in 2015/16. This is their fourth season. This year's theme is Into Orbit. There are currently 8 members. Last season, Warbotics won the Minnesota State Competition. They went on to compete at FIRST Championship in Detroit. This season, they won the Robot Design Award at their regional and are moving on to sectionals!
LEGO the Woods
LEGO the Woods was formed in 2017/18. This is their second season.
There are currently 9 members on the team. Last season, LEGO the Woods was one of 64 teams that competed at the Minnesota State Championship. They were a finalist for the innovative solution award. This season, LEGO the Woods won the Programming Award and Head to Head: Second Place at their regional and are moving on to sectionals!
Where To Follow Them
Facebook: Warroad LEGO League