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Resources for FIRST® LEGO® League Challenge


Challenge Overview

CARGO CONNECT Challenge Overview (pdf) - a summary of the four elements: Core Values, Robot Design, Robot Game, Innovation Project


Core Values

Core Values Tips (link) - tips from the IET for demonstrating Core Values


Robot Design

Robot Design Tips (link) - tips from the IET on Robot Design; use these alongside the information in the Engineering Notebook


Robot Game

Robot Game Table Building Instructions (pdf) - plans to construct a table to regulation size

Robot Game Mission Build Instructions (pdf, zipped) - step-by-step instructions to build the Mission Models for the Robot Game

Robot Game Rulebook (pdf) - a soft copy of the Robot Game Rulebook

Challenge Updates (pdf) - important updates to the Robot Game Rules: check back regularly for new updates

Robot Game Missions (video) - a description of each Mission and how it is scored

Robot Game Scoring Calculator (link) - the official online scoring calculator

Mission Mat Wireframe and Grid (pdf) - useful for planning your Robot Game strategy

Robot Game Tips (link) - tips from the IET on the Robot Game; use these alongside the information in the Engineering Notebook


Innovation Project

Innovation Project Tips (link) - tips from the IET on the Innovation Project; use these alongside the information in the Engineering Notebook


Tournament

Judging Session Flowchart (pdf) - format of the 30-minute team presentation and judging session

Rubrics (pdf) - the scoresheet and rubrics used by judges at official tournaments

Awards List (pdf) - details of awards that may be made at each tournament


Class Pack



Project Timeline

Quick Routes (link) - suggested approach for teams with reduced time available per week


LEGO SPIKE Prime

Get Started with SPIKE Prime (videos) - three short videos for teachers introducing SPIKE Prime

SPIKE App (link) - download location for SPIKE App software

Competition Ready Lesson Plans (link) - lesson plans to accompany the Unit of the same name in the SPIKE App, including Guided Mission

Guided Mission (code) - code for the 2021-22 Guided Mission with SPIKE Prime

Bluetooth Connectivity (link) - tips for connecting to the SPIKE Prime Hub over Bluetooth

SPIKE Prime FAQs (link) - some useful information about the SPIKE Prime Hub, including colour coded error messages


LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3

Get Started with MINDSTORMS EV3 (videos) - three short videos for teachers introducing MINDSTORMS EV3 and EV3 Classroom

EV3 Classroom (link) - download location for EV3 Classroom software

Robot Trainer Lesson Plans (link) - lesson plans to accompany the Unit of the same name in EV3 Classroom

EV3 Guided Mission (code) - code for the 2021-22 Guided Mission with EV3 Classroom

EV3 Lab (link) - download location for EV3 Lab software

EV3 Lab Robot Lessons (pdf) - suggested lesson plan for EV3 Lab; no code supplied for Guided Mission

Bluetooth Connectivity (link) - tips for connecting to the EV3 Hub over Bluetooth

EV3 FAQs (link) - some information about the EV3 Hub


LEGO Parts Service

Bricks & Pieces (link) - online parts service to replace small numbers of missing or broken parts in new sets

LEGO Service (link) - contact form to report missing bags in LEGO Education sets; mention FIRST LEGO League Challenge




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All about FIRST® LEGO® League

What is FIRST®?

FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is an international not-for-profit organisation founded by inventor Dean Kamen in 1989. FIRST prepares young people for the future through a suite of inclusive, team-based robotics programs for ages 4-18 that can be facilitated in school or in structured afterschool programs. Boosted by a global support system of volunteers, educators, and sponsors, teams operate under a signature set of FIRST Core Values to conduct research, design, build, and showcase their achievements during annual challenges.


Learn more here: https://www.firstinspires.org/about/vision-and-mission

What is FIRST® LEGO® League?

FIRST® LEGO® League introduces science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to children ages 4-16 through fun, exciting hands-on learning. Participants gain real-world problem-solving experience through a guided, global robotics program, helping today's students and teachers build a better future together.


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. 


FIRST LEGO League is an international program for children created in a partnership between FIRST and the LEGO® Group in 1998. Each year, the program announces an annual Challenge to teams, which engages them in authentic scientific research and hands-on robotics design using LEGO products.


Learn more here: https://www.firstlegoleague.org/about

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.

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 are the delivery partners for FIRST LEGO League in the UK and Ireland.


Learn more here: https://www.theiet.org/about/

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'. Learnit 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

All about FIRST® LEGO® League Discover

What is FIRST® LEGO® League Discover?

FIRST® LEGO® League introduces science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to children ages 4-16 through fun, exciting hands-on learning. Participants gain real-world problem-solving experience through a guided, global robotics program, helping today's students and teachers build a better future together.


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. 


FIRST LEGO League is an international program for children created in a partnership between FIRST and the LEGO® Group in 1998. Each year, the program announces an annual Challenge to teams, which engages them in authentic scientific research and hands-on robotics design using LEGO products.


Learn more here: https://www.firstlegoleague.org/about

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'. Learnit 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

All about FIRST® LEGO® League Explore

What is FIRST® LEGO® League Explore?

FIRST® LEGO® League introduces science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to children ages 4-16 through fun, exciting hands-on learning. Participants gain real-world problem-solving experience through a guided, global robotics program, helping today's students and teachers build a better future together.


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. 


FIRST LEGO League is an international program for children created in a partnership between FIRST and the LEGO® Group in 1998. Each year, the program announces an annual Challenge to teams, which engages them in authentic scientific research and hands-on robotics design using LEGO products.


Learn more here: https://www.firstlegoleague.org/about

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'. Learnit 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

All about FIRST® LEGO® League Challenge

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, 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 the Challenge Class Pack?

FIRST® LEGO® League Challenge Class Pack is an ‘in house’ version of the international STEM programme. It gives you the opportunity, resources and guidance to run and deliver the programme within curriculum time or with a larger group of children.