FLL introduces younger students to real-world engineering challenges by building LEGO-based robots to complete tasks on a thematic playing surface. FLL teams, guided by their imaginations and adult coaches, discover exciting career possibilities and, through the process, learn to make positive contributions to society. Elementary and middle-school students get to:
Design, build and program robots using LEGO MINDSTORMS or EV3 technology
Apply real-world math and science concepts
Research challenges facing today’s scientists
Learn critical thinking, team-building and presentation skills
Participate in tournaments and celebrations
FLL teams are made up of 2-10 young people between the ages of 9 and 14. The main requirement is that a coach take the responsibility for registering a team and scheduling the meetings. Most teams meet 4-6 hours per week, after school or on weekends, in September, October and November. An effective team size is usually 6-8 students.