What is FIRST® LEGO® League?

Tomorrow's innovators practice imaginative thinking and teamwork. Guided by two or more adult Coaches, FIRST LEGO League teams (up to 10 members, grades 4-8*) research a real-world problem such as food safety, recycling, energy, etc., and are challenged to develop a solution. They also must design, build, program a robot using LEGO® MINDSTORMS®, then compete on a table-top playing field.

It all adds up to tons of fun while they learn to apply science, technology, engineering, and math concepts (STEM), plus a big dose of imagination, to solve a problem. Along their journey, they develop critical thinking and team-building skills, basic STEM applications, and even presentation skills, as they must present their solutions with a dash of creativity to judges. They also practice the Program’s Core Values, which emphasize discovery, teamwork and good sportsmanship.

*Ages 9-16. Ages vary by country.

Animal Allies

FIRST® LEGO® League Challenge

FIRST LEGO League teams undertake a two-part Challenge based on a real-world topic. This season, teams explored what might become possible when we work together with our ANIMAL ALLIESSM via the Project and Robot Game, all while operating under the FIRST LEGO League signature set of Core Values, emphasizing teamwork and good sportsmanship.



FIRST LEGO League teams research and solve real-world problems just like scientists and engineers. Each team was asked to:

  • Identify a problem when people and animals interact.
  • Design a solution that makes the interaction better for animals, people, or both.
  • Share your problem and solution with others.

Project judging takes place at all official FIRST LEGO League tournaments. Check your local event schedule to see whether there are opportunities to view team presentations. Teams may also share their solutions in the Pit area. 

The Robot Game

Teams built and programmed an autonomous robot using a LEGO® MINDSTORMS® kit to solve a set of missions on a playing field. Each mission represents the many ways innovation and technology have enabled humans and animals to exchange learning, friendship, help, daily needs, protection, amusement, and love.

The ROBOT GAME missions

  1. Shark Shipment – Move the shark to her new home not touching her tank’s walls.
  2. Service Dog Action – Drive past the visually impaired man, and the dog will sit.
  3. Animal Conservation – Work with the other team to exchange animals.
  4. Feeding – Deliver food from the refrigerator to the animal areas.
  5. Biomimicry – Place a mechanical gecko on the biomimicry wall, and/or hang the robot on the wall.
  6. Milking Automation – Guide the cow into the machine, then spin the machine until milk comes out. Spin too far and manure comes out!
  7. Panda Release – Release a panda from facility care and observation to open wilderness.
  8. Camera Recovery – Retrieve the on-board camera from the seal and bring it back to Base.
  9. Training and Research – Move the dog and trainer, zoologist, and/or manure samples to the training and research area.
  10. Beekeeping – Place the bee on the beehive and get the honey out.
  11. Prosthesis – Fit the prosthesis where the legs of our little friend should be, and send the pet to its place on the farm.
  12. Seal in Base – Bring the seal to Base in perfect shape.
  13. Milk in Base – Bring all three milk pieces to Base.
  14. Milk on Ramp – All three milk pieces are completely supported by the ramp. Different options are available for points.
  15. All Samples – All seven manure samples must be completely in the training and research area.


If you interrupt the Robot, the Referee issues a manure sample as an interruption penalty. Teams can get up to five such penalties, worth -6 points each.

For Teams

Invitation List

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