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FIRST LEGO League

The University of Rochester is a proud partner with FIRST® as a scholarship provider to high school seniors. Additionally, the University is an operational partner for the New York Finger Lakes region FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL) and Junior FIRST® LEGO® League (Jr.FLL) programs.

The Finger Lakes region is home to more than 180 FLL and 20 Jr.FLL teams—and is growing each year. In 2004, our first year of operation, we had fewer than 20 teams with only one tournament held in the region. Today, we have ten regional qualifying tournaments, which send high-performing teams to the championship tournament at the University of Rochester.

Finger Lakes FLL and Jr.FLL events

There are no fall 2020 or spring 2021 FLL or Jr.FLL events.

Sponsors

Support for the FIRST® LEGO® League and Jr. FIRST® LEGO® League Programs is made possible by the University of Rochester and others local sponsors. Top-level sponsors include:

The University of Rochester logo.The XEROX logo.

About FLL and Jr. FLL

What is FIRST LEGO League?

FIRST LEGO League logo.

FIRST LEGO League is a robotics program for nine- to sixteen-year-olds*. It is designed to get children excited about science and technology and to teach them valuable employment and life skills. FLL can be used in a classroom setting but is not solely designed for this purpose. Teams comprising up to ten children with at least one adult coach can also be associated with a pre-existing club or organization, a home school environment, or a group of friends who wish to do something awesome.

In FLL, the children do the work! And the work is programming an autonomous robot (using the LEGO® MINDSTORMS® robot set) to score points on a thematic playing surface, creating an innovative solution to a problem as part of their project, all while being guided by the FLL core values. These three elements—the robot game, project, and FLL core values—make up FLL’s yearly challenge. Like any other organized “sport,” teams fundraise, create a team identity, and go on field trips. To see some of our teams in action, visit FLL’s YouTube channel or Inspire blog.

*Ages vary by country

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What is Jr. FIRST® LEGO® League?

FIRST LEGO League Jr. logo.

Focused on building an interest in science and engineering in children ages six through nine, Junior FIRST LEGO® League (Jr.FLL) is a hands-on program designed to capture young children’s curiosity and direct it toward discovering how science and technology impact the world around them. This program features a real-world challenge to be explored through research, critical thinking, and imagination. Guided by adult coaches and the Jr.FLL core values, team members work with LEGO elements and motorized parts to build ideas and concepts and present them for review.

Each yearly challenge is based on a different theme and has two main parts: the LEGO model and the Show Me Poster.

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How to start a team

FIRST® LEGO® League and its partners do not start teams themselves. Instead, teams start on their own through schools, clubs, community organizations, neighborhoods, or a willing parent with room to spare!

Due to privacy laws, we cannot provide existing team information. FIRST does not guarantee that users will find a team through the FIRST TeamUp System. TeamUp is a community-driven system, and information provided is based on information voluntarily entered by other users. Think of it as a database of users looking to connect to form new teams. If you would like to connect with others interested in FLL or Jr.FLL, please create an account for FIRST TeamUp.

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Starting an FLL team

FIRST has provided step-by-step guidelines to starting a team and explains things like costs, organization, equipment needed, commitments, and, above all, how to have fun during this process. You do not need to have an engineering background or any technical skills.

Start an FLL team!

Starting a Jr.FLL team

Anyone can start a Jr.FLL team. All the materials needed to run a team are provided. All it takes is the willingness to help the team and a couple of hours out of your week. You do not need to have an engineering background or any technical skills

Due to privacy laws, we cannot provide existing team information. FIRST does not guarantee that users will find a team through the FIRST TeamUp System. TeamUp is a community-driven system, and information provided is based on information voluntarily entered by other users. Think of it as a database of users looking to connect to form new teams. If you would like to connect with others interested in FLL or Jr.FLL, please create an account for FIRST TeamUp.

Start Jr. FLL team

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