FIRST® LEGO® League Challenge Resources
- Core Values
- Robot Design
- Robot Game
- Innovation Project
- SPIKE™ Prime
Welcome to CARGO CONNECT! (video) - a short video (4:42) from the IET giving an overview of FIRST LEGO League Challenge 2021-22
Getting Started Guide for Teachers and Coaches (pdf) - actions to take before and during your first team session (updated February 2022)
Planning Guide for Teachers and Coaches (pdf) - suggestions for putting together a plan and timeline with your team
CARGO CONNECT Challenge Overview (pdf) - a summary of the four elements: Core Values, Robot Design, Robot Game, Innovation Project
CARGO CONNECT Challenge Engineering Notebook (pdf) - a soft copy of the Engineering Notebook
CARGO CONNECT Challenge Team Meeting Guide (pdf) - a soft copy of the Team Meeting Guide
CARGO CONNECT Robot Game Rulebook (pdf) - a soft copy of the Robot Game Rulebook
Corrections to FIRST LEGO League publications (pdf) - updates to Engineering Notebook, Team Meeting Guide, Robot Game Rulebook (revised January 2022)
• 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
• 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 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
BrickLink Studio (pdf) - instructions for using the free BrickLink Studio tool to build a 3D model of your robot or another LEGO creation (updated January 2022)
• 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!
The Robot Game (video) - a short video (2:44) from the IET introducing the Robot Game
Robot Game Missions (video) - a description of each Mission and how it is scored (9:10)
Robot Game Scoring Calculator (link) - the official online scoring calculator
Komurobo Scoring Sheet (link) - an alternative 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
FLL Tutorials Strategy Planner (link) - a useful online drawing tool for planning and documenting your mission 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 7 to 10 include links that may be useful when exploring topics for the 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 CARGO CONNECTSM?
CARGO CONNECTSM is the theme for FIRST® LEGO® League in 2021-22. In CARGO CONNECT, teams will reimagine our global transportation system and explore ways of improving how we access and deliver needed and desired goods, making all communities more connected.
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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