The FIRST LEGO League, also known by the acronym FLL, is an international competition organized by FIRST for elementary and middle school students (ages 9-14 in the USA and Canada, 9-16 else where.) The word “FIRST” in FLL means “For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology.” My son participated this year in his first Lego Robotics competition, and thought it was pretty cool that it didn”t mean it was their team”s first competition! There were co-ed teams, teams of all boys or all girls, including teams who have participated for years. Some teams even have a class at school, much like the old “wood working” or “home ec” classes we remember.
FIRST is an nbso organization founded by inventor Dean Kamen in 1989 to develop ways to inspire students in engineering and technology fields. The organization is the foundation for the FIRST Robotics Competition, FIRST LEGO League, Junior FIRST LEGO League, and FIRST Tech Challenge casino online competitions. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FIRST
Although this year was my son”s first FIRST competition, they did well and learned a great deal about robotics, engineering and technology. Most importantly, he had a great team, learned teamwork, and, as captain, leadership.
If you have a child who shows an interest in robotics, engineering and, in this case, LEGOs, look for a local FIRST LEGO League in your area! The groups usually follow the school schedules, beginning in September, and competitions are arranged all over the country. We had a blast and appreciate Coach Charlie”s hard work and dedication. Also a special thanks for Jesuit Dallas for their hospitality and extremely nice young men working the competition! https://www.jesuitcp.org/
Post with any questions! It was a blast for the whole family! Check out http://www.legoeducation.us/ and just thing about the engineering skills learned from building something with an open creative, mind! I love LEGOs myself!