FIRST LEGO League is an intellectual competition that mixes LEGO robotics, research into real world problems, and the development of soft skills. Teams are hosted by schools, churches, scouts, neighborhoods, homeschool groups, etc, in fact, anybody with interest and the willingness to inspire the next generation of STEM professionals are welcome to host a team.
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To be eligible to compete in the FIRST LEGO League teams must comply with a minimum set of conditions.
So you’re interested in starting your own team. Great! FIRST has put together the flyer, How to Start an FIRST LEGO League Team to help you out. Here are some suggestions to get you going,
For more information head over to Start a FIRST LEGO League Team.
We also have a step-by-step team registration guide for coaches to follow.
Remember a good coach does not need to be an engineer or a professional programmer. All it takes to be a great coach is the passion to guide these kids on a wonderful journey.
Rookie teams should expect about a $1000 budget. This includes the $299 program registration fee to FIRST (which now also includes the challenge set), purchasing a LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 robot and expansion set at $489, the $75 entry fee into a South Carolina qualifying event, and any incidentals associated with the Project props, team identity (e.g. tee-shirts), and travel. This budget does not include the cost of a computer for programming the robot. For a complete breakdown of the budget head over the Pricing & Payment page at FIRST.
Registering a FIRST LEGO League team is a three step process. Below is an outline of the steps in the order that they must be completed.
Teams begin their registration process by identifying a head coach and having that individual make a FIRST profile at http://www.firstinspires.org/.
Once the head coach has a profile they log into their FIRST profile. On their personal dashboard there’s an option to “Create a Team”. Click on this link and follow the instruction. At this time new teams are assigned a temporary team number while returning teams are reassigned their old numbers.
Every FIRST LEGO League team is required to have two adult coaches that have completed the background screening process as part of the FIRST Youth Protection Program. The team registration process cannot be finalized until two adults have completed their background screening. Instructions and links to the screening process are found on the team profile page.
After two coaches have completed the Youth Protection Program requirements log back into the team profile page and you’ll be able to pay the registration fee of $299 program registration fee to FIRST. This fee is not paid to the South Carolina FIRST LEGO League. At this time new teams are assigned an official team number; their temporary team number goes away.
Teams are not considered registered until they have two screened coaches and have paid their registration fee.
In South Carolina team registration for the FIRST LEGO League season closes on the first Friday of October.
To be considered registered, teams must have two coaches that have completed the FIRST Youth Protection Program screening process and have paid the program registration fee to FIRST. Teams are not required to submit a final team rosters as part of the registration process.