FIRST® LEGO® League Challenge Resources
- Core Values
- Robot Design
- Robot Game
- Innovation Project
- SPIKE™ Prime
Getting Started Guide for Teachers and Coaches (pdf) - steps to take before and during your first Challenge team session using SPIKE Prime
Getting Started Guide for Teachers and Coaches (EV3) (pdf) - steps to take before and during your first Challenge team session using EV3
MASTERPIECE Season Teaser (video) - a first glimpse (1:55) at the MASTERPIECE theme for FIRST LEGO League 2023-24
Welcome to MASTERPIECE! (video) - a short video (3:17) from the IET giving an overview of FIRST LEGO League Challenge 2023-24
MASTERPIECE Training Video (video) - a comprehensive video (13:34) from the IET covering all aspects of FIRST LEGO League Challenge 2023-24
Challenge Overview (pdf) - a summary of the four elements: Core Values, Robot Design, Robot Game, Innovation Project
Team Meeting Guide (pdf) - a soft copy of the Team Meeting Guide
Engineering Notebook (pdf) - a soft copy of the Engineering Notebook
Robot Game Rulebook (pdf) - a soft copy of the Robot Game Rulebook
Challenge Updates (pdf) - updates and clarifications to the Challenge (updated 28th November 2023)
Corrections to FIRST LEGO League publications (pdf) - updates to Engineering Notebook, Team Meeting Guide, Robot Game Rulebook (9th August 2023)
• Apply teamwork and discovery to explore the challenge.
• Innovate with new ideas about your robot and project.
• Show how your team and your solutions will have an impact and be inclusive.
• Celebrate by having fun in everything you do!
FIRST® Core Values, Gracious Professionalism®, and Coopertition® - read about these cornerstones of the FIRST philosophy
Core Values Tips (link) - tips from the IET for demonstrating Core Values
Core Values Poster (pdf) - a handy reminder of the Core Values to use in your classroom
• Identify your mission strategy.
• Design your robot and programs using your work plan.
• Create your robot and coding solution to match your mission strategy.
• Iterate and test your robot and programs.
• Communicate your Robot Design process, your programs, and your robot solution.
Robot Design Tips (link) - tips from the IET on Robot Design; use these alongside the information in the Engineering Notebook
SPIKE Prime and EV3 Movement Blocks (pdf) - understanding the basic blocks needed to get your robot moving and turning
SPIKE Prime Tech Tips (pdf) - tips for building with LEGO Technic components, and information about SPIKE motors and sensors
SPIKE Prime Debugging Tips (pdf) - tips for problem-solving when your LEGO robot doesn't do what you expected it to
Engineering Design Process Poster (pdf) - a handy reminder of the Engineering Design Process for your classroom
BrickLink Studio (pdf) - instructions for using BrickLink Studio to build a 3D model of your robot
• Build the mission models and follow the field setup to put the models on the mat.
• Review the missions and rules.
• Design and build a robot.
• Explore building and coding skills while practicing with your robot on the mat.
• Compete at an event!
Robot Game Missions (video) - a description of each Mission and how it is scored (8:18)
Robot Game Scoring Calculator (link) - the official online scoring calculator
Robot Game Tips (link) - tips from the IET on the Robot Game; use these alongside the information in the Engineering Notebook
Mission Mat Wireframe and Grid (pdf) - useful for planning your Robot Game strategy
• Identify and research a problem to solve.
• Design a solution to the problem that helps others or your community.
• Create a model or prototype of your solution.
• Share your ideas, collect feedback, and iterate on your solution.
• Communicate your solution at an event.
Innovation Project Tips (link) - tips from the IET on the Innovation Project; use these alongside the information in the Engineering Notebook
Multimedia Resources (pdf) - pages 6 to 8 include links that may be useful when exploring topics for the Innovation Project
Project-Based Learning Mindset Poster (pdf) - a handy reminder of the principles of Project-Based Learning for your classroom
Make, Create, Innovate! - an update from FIRST about this year's Innovation Project
Frequently Asked Questions
What is FIRST®?
What is FIRST® LEGO® League?
FIRST® LEGO® League is an international program created in a partnership between FIRST and the LEGO® Group in 1998. Each year, the program announces an annual theme, which engages teams of young people in authentic scientific research and hands-on robotics design using LEGO products.
FIRST LEGO League introduces science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to children aged 4 to 16 years. Three divisions inspire young people to experiment and grow their critical thinking, coding, and design skills through hands-on STEM learning and robotics. From Discover (Junior and Senior Infants), to Explore (First to Fifth Class), and then to Challenge (Sixth Class to Transition Year), students will understand the basics of STEM and apply their skills in an exciting competition while building habits of learning, confidence, and teamwork skills along the way.
Learn more here: https://www.firstlegoleague.org/about
What is FIRST® LEGO® League Challenge?
FIRST® LEGO® League Challenge is a global STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) programme for teams of young people aged 9 to 16 years, to encourage an interest in real world themes and develop key skills that are crucial for their future careers. Young people work together to explore a given topic and to design, build and program an autonomous LEGO® robot to solve a series of missions.
In Ireland, Challenge is open to students in Sixth Class to Transition Year, and is delivered in one of two ways:
Tournament - teams of up to 10 participate in regional tournaments leading to national and international events
Class Pack - for delivery to a larger group, leading to an in-house event
Learn more here: https://fll.learnit.ie/pages/first-lego-league-challenge
What is MASTERPIECESM?
MASTERPIECESM is the theme for FIRST® LEGO® League in 2023-24. In MASTERPIECE, teams will explore how they can use technology to share their passions, hobbies and interests with others while learning about how experts in a variety of creative fields use technology in their roles.
What is the Challenge Class Pack?
FIRST® LEGO® League Challenge Class Pack is an ‘in house’ version of the Challenge programme. It gives teachers and community leaders the opportunity, resources and guidance to run and deliver the programme within curriculum time or with a larger group of children.
Who are the IET?
The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) is a multidisciplinary professional engineering institution based in the UK and dating back to 1871, with a worldwide membership in excess of 158,000 in 153 countries. The IET is the delivery partner for FIRST LEGO League in the UK and Ireland.
Learn more here: https://www.theiet.org/about/
IET Education supports STEM teachers by providing a range of resources linked to the school curriculum and partnering with organisations worldwide to create experiences that inspire teachers and students alike.
Learn more and get access to free engineering posters and other resources:
Who are Learnit?
Since 2010 Learnit has been on a mission to 'inspire the creators of tomorrow by making learning fun for the children of today'. We are the delivery partners for FIRST® LEGO® League in Ireland and are proud to partner with the IET on this exciting programme.
Learn more here: https://fll.learnit.ie/pages/about-us
Who is Dean Kamen?
Dean Kamen is a prolific inventor (AutoSyringe, Segway, iBOT), entrepreneur, and tireless advocate for science and technology. His passion and determination to help young people discover the excitement and rewards of science and technology are the cornerstones of FIRST, which he founded in 1989. Kamen holds over 1000 patents, but says that FIRST is the invention he is most proud of, and predicts that the 1 million students who have taken part in the contests so far will be responsible for some significant technological advances in years to come.
Learn more here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dean_Kamen
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