Return to Headlines

What is FIRST LEGO League?

FIRST® LEGO® League introduces young people, ages 9 to 14* (grades 4-8), to the fun and excitement of science and technology.


 Tomorrow’s innovators practice imaginative thinking and teamwork. Guided by adult Coaches, FIRST LEGO League teams 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® technology, 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 discovery 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 signature Core Values.


Teams, composed of up to ten children with at least two (2) screened Lead Coaches, can also be associated with a pre-existing club or organization, homeschooled, or just be a group of friends who wish to do something awesome.


In FIRST LEGO League, the children do the work; like program an autonomous robot (using the LEGO® MINDSTORMS® robot set) to score points on a thematic playing surface, create innovative solutions to a problem, all while being guided by the FIRST LEGO League Core Values. These three elements - the Robot Game, Project, and FIRST LEGO League Core Values - make up what we call our yearly Challenge. Teams also fundraise, create a team identity, and talk to experts in the field.


Teams may attend an official FIRST LEGO League tournament, which is hosted by one of our FIRST LEGO League Partners. FIRST LEGO League Partners run the FIRST LEGO League program in their region or country and are associated with other like-minded organizations to the FIRST LEGO League mission.


With over 29,000+ teams in approximately 80 countries, FIRST LEGO League is constantly expanding. If you are interested in helping create a formal FIRST LEGO League presence in your area by becoming a FIRST LEGO League Partner, please contact