FIRST LEGO League in South Carolina

FIRST LEGO League introduces students ages 9 to 14 years old to real-world engineering challenges by building LEGO-based robots to complete tasks on a thematic playing surface. FIRST LEGO League 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, test and program robots using LEGO MINDSTORMS™ 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

Team Structure

  • Children participating in FIRST LEGO League must be between the ages of 9 and 14 years old. At age 9, students have the option of participating in FIRST LEGO League Jr. (for students ages 6-10) or in the FIRST LEGO League program. We trust parents and coaches to assess each individual child’s comfort level when deciding which program is most appropriate.
  • FIRST LEGO League team may have as few as two and no more than ten children.
  • The build season starts with the global challenge release on August 1. South Carolina qualifying events are held in November with 30% of the teams advancing to a one of two state championships events held in December.
  • Most teams typically meet once or twice a week for an hour and half per meeting. The exact meeting schedule is up to the coaches and team members.
  • Coaches and mentors are a critical element of the team. Coaches are responsible for recruiting team members and organizing team meetings. Coaches guides the team through the season, facilitating discussion, and problem solving along the way. Coaches are the main point of contact and are responsible for disseminating all information to the team
  • FIRST does not match individual students to teams, nor does FIRST assist in the creation of new teams.

Events

  • After the build season every fully registered team are invited to participate in one of the South Carolina FIRST LEGO League qualifying tournaments. The top 30% of the participating teams from each event are invited to one of two state championships.
  • To attend a FIRST LEGO League Jr. event in your area you have to pay a separate $75 participation fee aside from your initial $299 national team registration fee. For those teams advancing to a state championship, there is a separate $100 participation fee for that event.
  • While trophies are handed out at FIRST LEGO League events their primary purpose is to celebration each teams’ work throughout the build season.
  • Throughout the season, public events are posted on our Event Calendar.
  • If you would like to host a local event, which we encourage, please let us help you advertise and ensure that you are running your event within the guidelines of FIRST.  Please contact Louis Rubbo at fll@scrobotics.org so that we can help.

To learn more about the FIRST LEGO League visit the FIRST site at

https://www.firstinspires.org/robotics/fll

For all FIRST LEGO League program questions please contact Louis Rubbo at fll@scrobotics.org or by phone at (843) 410-3062.