What is FIRST LEGO Robotics (FLL)?

FIRST LEGO League (FLL) is an international program aimed at inspiring young people to explore science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) through engaging, hands-on learning experiences. Founded in 1998 by FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) and LEGO, FLL introduces children aged 9 to 16 (grades 4-8) to real-world engineering challenges by building LEGO-based robots to complete tasks on a thematic playing surface.

Participants in FLL engage in a new and exciting challenge each year, which revolves around a specific theme, such as space exploration or environmental sustainability. Teams design, build, and program their robots using LEGO Mindstorms or LEGO SPIKE Prime kits, and compete in regional, national, and international tournaments. The program also emphasizes core values such as teamwork, inclusion, and innovation, making it a holistic educational experience.

Benefits to Kids for Being Part of a Robotics Team

  1. Enhances Problem-Solving Skills: Participating in FLL encourages kids to think critically and creatively. They must identify problems, brainstorm solutions, and iterate on their designs. This process fosters a strong ability to tackle complex issues systematically and innovatively.
  2. Builds Teamwork and Collaboration: FLL is inherently a team activity. Kids learn to work together, share ideas, delegate tasks, and support one another. These experiences are crucial in developing interpersonal skills and the ability to collaborate effectively in group settings.
  3. Boosts STEM Knowledge and Interest: Engaging with FLL exposes kids to core STEM concepts in a fun and interactive way. They learn about programming, engineering principles, and scientific inquiry, which can ignite a lasting interest in these fields and potentially influence their future educational and career choices.
  4. Improves Communication Skills: Teams must present their projects and solutions to judges, requiring them to articulate their ideas clearly and confidently. This practice helps kids develop strong verbal and non-verbal communication skills, which are essential for academic and professional success.
  5. Fosters Creativity and Innovation: The open-ended nature of FLL challenges encourages kids to think outside the box and come up with unique solutions. This environment nurtures creativity and innovation, allowing children to explore their imaginative capabilities and apply them in practical scenarios.
  6. Develops Resilience and Adaptability: Robotics competitions often involve unexpected challenges and setbacks. Through FLL, kids learn to persevere through difficulties, adapt their strategies, and remain resilient in the face of obstacles. These experiences build a strong character and a positive mindset towards challenges.

By participating in FIRST LEGO League, children not only gain technical skills and knowledge but also develop valuable life skills that prepare them for the future. The program’s emphasis on teamwork, creativity, and problem-solving makes it a transformative experience for young learner

Envision Robotics is excited to launch a FLL team this June for the 2024 – 2025 year.  Get your child involved and join our team today!

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