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6 essential steps to starting a FIRST LEGO League team
1. Learn all about us Each year in August, FIRST LEGO League releases a new Challenge for teams that focuses on a scientific topic. Each Challenge has three parts: the Robot Game, the Innovation Project, and the FIRST Core Values.
Innovation Project Teams are challenged to learn more about the science behind the real-world Challenge theme, then use their creativity to design a solution (or modify an existing solution) to solve the problem.
Robot Game Teams are required to build and program an autonomous (no remote control) LEGO robot that can perform theme-based “mission” tasks on a table-top playing field. The missions require the robot to navigate, capture, transport, or deliver objects. The more missions completed, the more points teams earn.
Core Values While teams work on the Innovation Project and Robot Game, they are guided by the FIRST Core Values. This set of values is what makes our program so special. Teams are encouraged to compete like crazy but still respect their teammates, coaches, and even help their “competitors.” Our most important Core Value is “Have FUN!”
2. Form your teamRecruit up to 10* interested team members ages 9 to 14. Team members must not exceed the maximum age on January 1 of the year the Challenge is released. Students can only be on one team, but a coach is allowed to coach multiple teams. * Some coaches may have more than 10 children wanting to join the team. If they are not in a position to form a second team, they must make the difficult decision to select the final 10 members. We recognize this is not an easy choice. As such, we remind coaches who choose to include more than 10 members to respect all those coaches globally who follow first core values.