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FIRST® LEGO® League teams (up to 10 members, grades 4-8), guided by two or more adult coaches, research a real-world problem such as water use, recycling, energy, etc., and are challenged to develop a solution. They also design, build, program a robot using LEGO MINDSTORMS®, then compete on a table-top playing field.


Start  A Team

  1. Identify two or more adults (18 or older) as coaches/mentors. An adult can coach multiple teams. Coaches DO NOT need robot or technical experience but be willing to learn and able to organize and facilitate the team.  Use the Coaches’ Handbook for guidance.
  2. Register the team with FIRST LEGO League. Registration opens in May and runs until mid-September or until all slots are filled, whichever comes first. Create an account and register the team at https://my.firstinspires.org/AccountManager/Account/Register.
    FIRST registrations is $299 and includes the INTO ORBIT challenge kit to play the robot game.
  3. Recruit 2 to 10 kids. Team members must be 9 to 14 years old on January 1, 2018 to participate in the INTO ORBIT season. An individual can be a member of only one FIRST LEGO League team per season. Parents will need to register Team Members with FIRST through FIRST’s Youth Registration System before the championship tournament. Read more about the participation rules and the Challenge here.
  4. Order a LEGO® MINDSTORMS® robotics kit, if one is not already available. Do this as early as possible to start learning about programming and building a few basic robot designs.
  5. Select a meeting place and hold regular meetings. FLL teams can meet any place with room enough for them to work on designing/programming/testing the robot, researching the project, and preparing and practicing presentations. We suggest teams test their robot on 4’x8’ practice tables built according to FIRST LEGO League competition table specifications. Building instructions for FLL tables can be found here. The Kansas Central Championship Tournament tables use 2-1/2″ side walls.
  6. Beginning August 1, download the INTO ORBIT Challenge documents from the FIRST LEGO League Challenge page.

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