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Starting a FIRST LEGO League Team. Agenda:. What is the FIRST LEGO League (FLL)? How does FLL support STEM? How can you start a team?. From the Danish phrase leg godt , which means "play well". “The hardest fun you’ll ever have!”.

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  • What is the FIRST LEGO League (FLL)?

  • How does FLL support STEM?

  • How can you start a team?

From the Danish phrase leg godt, which means "play well"

The hardest fun you ll ever have
“The hardest fun you’ll ever have!”

FLL is a robotics program for 9 to 14 year olds designed to get children excited about science and technology -- and teach them valuable employment and life skills.

Three parts to fll
Three Parts to FLL:

  • Robot Game

  • Project

  • Core Values


“Prepare. Respond. Recover.”


  • Find a partner/mentor

  • Identify a problem

  • Create an innovative solution

  • Share with others

  • Present the solution

Core values
Core Values

  • We are a team.

  • We do the work to find solutions with guidance from our coaches and mentors.

  • We know our coaches and mentors don't have all the answers; we learn together.

  • We honor the spirit of friendly competition.

  • What we discover is more important than what we win.

  • We share our experiences with others.

  • We display Gracious Professionalism and Coopertition in everything we do.

  • We have FUN!

Scientific engineering practices
Scientific & Engineering Practices

  • Asking questions and defining problems

  • Developing and using models

  • Planning and carrying out investigations

  • Analyzing and interpreting data

  • Using mathematics and computational thinking

  • Constructing explanations and designing solutions

  • Engaging in argument from evidence

  • Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information

Science curriculum topics

Scientific Method



Physical changes

Animal survival



Air, Wind, & Atmosphere

Weather and climate



Life cycles

Geology and weather

Simple Machines

Newton’s Laws




Science Curriculum Topics:

3rd quarter
3rd Quarter

  • Start recruiting/accepting applications

  • Choose a team

  • Start meeting and team building

  • Select a team name

  • Create a team logo

  • Find mentors

  • Fundraising/Grant writing/begging for money

4th quarter
4th Quarter:

  • Start a team website/blog

  • Research

  • Meet with mentors

  • Take field trips

  • Order materials

  • Start learning programming software


  • Meet

  • Or don’t meet

1st quarter
1st Quarter

  • Register team

  • Order Field kit

  • Assemble Field

  • Read over the Challenge and Rule

  • Design robot

  • Identify a problem

  • Start work on a solution

  • Register for a tournament

2nd quarter
2nd Quarter

  • Complete some robot challenges

  • Complete a Robot Design Executive Summary

  • Complete work on your solution

  • Rehearse a presentation

  • Compete in a tournament