FIRST LEGO League International Open Championship

21 - 25 June 2017 | Bath, UK

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What is FIRST® LEGO® League?

FIRST® LEGO® League is an exciting and fun global robotics-based, life skills challenge program that ignites an enthusiasm for discovery, science and technology in children ages 9 to 16. It inspires young people to take an interest in engineering and technology and its application and helps develop key skills that are crucial for their future careers such as:

  • design and technology
  • programming and control
  • mathematics
  • research
  • presentation skills
  • strategic thinking
  • teamwork.

Find out more about the origins of FIRST® LEGO® League.

Each year FIRST® LEGO® League teams embark on an adventurous Challenge based on current, real-world issues. ANIMAL ALLIES was the theme for the 2016/17 season and the teams had to create a way of improving the interaction between humans and their chosen animal. They developed their ideas through research and collaboration with experts before giving a five minute presentation to the judges.

Guided by a team coach, assisted by mentors using LEGO Mindstorms® robotics, the Challenge is designed to:

  • entice children to think like scientists and engineers.
  • provide a fun, creative, hands-on learning experience.
  • teach children to experiment and overcome obstacles.
  • build self-esteem and confidence.
  • inspire children to participate in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).

No matter what the child’s subject interest, FIRST® LEGO® League offers an opportunity for engagement. Whether it is by creativity, technology, or research, FIRST® LEGO® League challenges children to test, explore, expand, or completely change thoughts and approaches for different sciences each year.

There are three parts to the competition:


1. Core Values: students form a team and work together to achieve all the tasks. The life skills they develop as they interact with each other and the people they engage in the process underpins the whole ethos of the FIRST® LEGO® League.

2. Robot Game: the team have to design, build and program a LEGO robot to autonomously complete missions on a specialised playing field. The robots perform during the Robot Game which is very exciting to watch. The team also have a robot design interview where they have the opportunity to explain to the judges how their robot and their computer programmes work.

3. Project: the teams have to prepare and present a project. They have to find an innovative solution to a problem they have identified in the given theme.

The competition is held in a fun-filled atmosphere, which boosts confidence and allows the children to give their best performances.

Evaluation report

Download the 31-page FIRST® LEGO® League International Open Championship evaluation report:

Image of PDF logo   IOC Evaluation Report  (10443k)