Start a Team

FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL®) introduces young people, ages 9 to 14* (grades 4-8), to the fun and excitement of science and technology. Children program an autonomous robot (using a LEGO® MINDSTORMS® robot set) to score points on a thematic playing surface, create innovative solutions to a problem, all while being guided by the program’s signature Core Values.

Step 1: Learn about First Lego League

Each year FLL releases a new Challenge. The Challenge is released in late August. The challenge has three parts.

  • Robot Game: Build and program an autonomous LEGO® MINDSTORMS® robot.

  • Project: Teams learn more about the science behind the Challenge theme and design a solution to solve a realworld problem.

  • Core Values: The Core Values are part of what makes FIRST® LEGO® League so special, because kids compete like crazy but still respect their teammates, coaches, and even their “competitors” – and they have FUN!

Step 2: Form your team and register

You need:

  • Up to 10 team members

  • Meeting Space

  • 2 Adult Coaches

  • Lego Robot

  • Field Setup Kit

  • Computer with internet access

  • Register your team

Step 3: Order your materials

You need:

  • Field Setup Kit

  • LEGO MINDSTORMS robot set

  • LEGO Challenge

Step 4: Begin work on the challenge

Be in the know:

  • The Challenge releases in late August.

  • Visit for all of the needed information.

Step 5: Apply for or attend a tournament

The tournament day is your deadline to complete the Robot Game and Project. Celebrate your season by attending one! The Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center in Abingdon hosts a tournament every year in November!