FIRST LEGO League International Open Championship
21 - 25 June 2017 | Bath, UK
The origins of FIRST LEGO League
FIRST® LEGO® League is the result of a partnership between FIRST (For the Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) and The LEGO Group. In 1998, FIRST Founder Dean Kamen and The LEGO Group’s Kjeld Kirk Kristiensen joined forces to create FIRST® LEGO® League, a powerful program that engages younger children in playful and meaningful learning while helping them to discover the fun in science and technology. In 2015/16 well over 250,000 young people participated in FIRST® LEGO® League around the world of which around 4,800 were in the UK.
Dean Kamen is an inventor, entrepreneur, and tireless advocate for science and technology. His passion and determination to help young people discover the excitement and rewards of science and technology are the cornerstones of FIRST. It was founded in 1989 to inspire young people's interest and participation in science and technology. (This) ‘not-for-profit public charity designs accessible, innovative programs that motivate young people to pursue education and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math, while building self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills.’ (Taken from www.usfirst.org)
About LEGO Group
The purpose and vision of the LEGO Group is to inspire children to explore and challenge their own creative potential. LEGO strive to accomplish this by offering a range of high quality and fun products centred on their building systems. In the hands of children, the products inspire the unique form of LEGO play that is fun, creative, engaging, challenging - all at the same time. This activity supports the child, giving it the special pride of accomplishment.
In the process it "automatically" or playfully develops a set of future, highly-relevant capabilities: Creative and structured problem-solving, curiosity and imagination, interpersonal skills and physical motor skills - building with LEGO bricks is thus about "learning through play". The LEGO Education Division is strategically very important to the future success of the LEGO Group.