Students work in teams to research a real-world theme, identify a problem and create an innovative solution. They design and build an autonomous LEGO® robot to complete missions on a robot game table related to the theme to score as many points as possible.
Underpinning everything the teams do are the FIRST Core Values which include teamwork, innovation and problem solving.
FIRST® LEGO® League Challenge can be delivered in two ways:
There are explicit links to various engineering careers throughout the experience which students learn about and are encouraged to engage with industry experts. Volunteers from a broad range of backgrounds act as mentors, support for the experience itself or deliver the regional events.
Due to its hands-on practical nature, the programme is well suited to a range of learners and is designed so that everyone can succeed and achieve regardless of their starting point.
The IET have FIRST® LEGO® League funding packages available for disadvantaged schools/teams to apply for throughout the season. Funding covers the cost of registration as well as the associated LEGO Education kit.
Improve engagement, interest or enjoyment in STEM subjects
Improve attainment and progress in STEM subjects
Learning what the engineering workplace is like
Develop engineering employability skills
Improve awareness and aspirations for STEM-related study and careers
Challenge stereotypes by showing the diversity of disciplines, people and skills involved in engineering
The Gatsby benchmarks are a framework for good careers guidance for schools across all of England and in some areas across the rest of the UK. This experience helps your school to reach the following benchmarks:
The essential skills every young person needs to succeed in education and their future career. Find out more at the Skills Builder Partnership. This experience builds the following skills:
Aiming high - the ability to set clear, tangible goals and devise a robust route to achieving them.
Creativity - the use of imagination and the generation of new ideas.
Leadership - supporting, encouraging and motivating others to achieve a shared goal.
Listening - the ability to listen and understand information.
Problem solving - the ability to find a solution to a complex situation or challenge.
Speaking - the oral transmission of information or ideas.
Staying positive - the ability to use tactics to overcome setbacks and achieve goals.
Teamwork - working cooperatively with others towards achieving a shared goal.