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What?

  • FIRST LEGO League (FLL) is a robotic competition developed for upper elementary and middle school age students (ages 9-14).
  • Our goals are to inspire students to take an interest in science and technology and begin considering these fields as a career.
  • There are three primary activities:
    1)  Build and program a small robot to accomplish various challenges, 
    2)  Investigate a research topic and present findings at the tournament, and 
    3)  Build a team around FLL Core Values.

Who?

  • FLL Teams are 3-10 kids who are in the age range of 9 to 14 years of age.
  • Teams form in schools, clubs, and neighborhood groups. No requirements on affiliation
  • Teams need at least 2 adult coach/mentors to register a team. One or both coaches may attend and run the meetings.

When?

  • Most teams form up in late spring or early September.
  • Registration opens late spring. Registration usually closes mid to late September
  • The challenge is released in late August
  • State regional qualifier competitions happen all over the state beginning in December. The Semifinal events will be held in mid January and the State Championship will be held at the end of January.
  • New coaches and mentors will have several opportunities to attend workshops early in the season.

Where?

  • There are teams in most areas of the state: Puget Sound area, San Juan Islands, Spanaway, Spokane, Tacoma, Tri-Cities, Vancouver, Omak, etc.
  • Qualifiers are held around the state.
  • Many teams meet in school classrooms as an after school club. Basements, garages, and just about any other place works great too.

How?

Cost?

  • Washington FIRST Robotics actively raises funds for teams to reduce registration fees.
  • An FLL team is fairly inexpensive. A typical first year team will spend around $1,400 total to register, build a playing field, buy a robot kit and extra parts. Returning teams spend around $800 per year.
  • Teams are funded by schools, PTSA, parents, or other sources of funds. Some find corporate sponsors. There are a limited number of team grants available for teams with financial needs.
    Sample Budget:


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