What is FLL
About FIRST LEGO® League
FIRST LEGO® League (FLL) is an exciting and fun global robotics program that ignites an enthusiasm for discovery, science, and technology in kids ages 9 to 14.
Each year FLL teams embark on an adventurous Challenge based on current, real-world issues. Guided by a team coach and assisted by mentors, the kids:
- Research and solve a real-world problem based on the Challenge theme
- Present their research and solutions
- Build an autonomous robot using engineering concepts
Using the yearly Challenges, FLL:
- Entices kids to think like scientists and engineers
- Provides a fun, creative, hands-on learning experience
- Teaches kids to experiment and overcome obstacles
- Builds self-esteem and confidence
- Inspires kids to participate in science and technology
No matter what the child’s subject interest, FLL offers an opportunity for engagement. Whether it is by creativity, technology, or research, FLL dares kids to test, explore, expand, or completely change thoughts and approaches for different sciences each year.
History of FIRST and WPI
The FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) was started in 1992 by Dean Kamen to inspire more students to pursue careers in science, technology, and engineering. WPI fielded one of the original FRC teams, sponsoring and mentoring Doherty High School, along with 27 other companies and high schools. Besides being the first team sponsored by a university, WPI was the first school to offer a full, four-year tuition scholarship annually to a student involved in FIRST, starting a trend that has grown to generate over $8 million in FIRST scholarships annually from hundreds of schools and companies.
In 2001, WPI became the FIRST LEGO Partner for the state of Massachusetts and began hosting the annual state tournament on campus. Each year since, Robonautica has served as a top-level competition for teams from all over the Northeast.
Each year since 1992, WPI has continued to field an FRC team. In 2007, the WPI/Mass Academy first team won the FIRST World Championship in Atlanta, GA. WPI has served as an FLL Partner, hosted FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) scrimmages and competitions, hosts an off-season FRC event (Battlecry@WPI), a pre-season FRC event (Savage Soccer), and continued to support the development of training materials for all competition teams.
Founded in Worcester, Mass., in 1865, WPI is one of the nation's earliest technological universities. From our founding days, we've taken a unique approach to technological education.
Where science and technology meet real-world problems
We believe that students should understand how to apply knowledge – not just how to cite facts and theories. Our undergraduate and graduate students emerge ready to take on some of the most difficult challenges in science and technology – and, more important, understand how their work can truly impact society and improve our lives.
A national model for education
According to William Wulf, president of the National Academy of Engineering, "The kind of engineering education at WPI is a model of what engineering education should be." We also have received recognition from a number of other institutions and individuals for our high quality and unique approach to education.
Outstanding academics, faculty, and research programs
WPI's 18 academic departments offer more than 50 undergraduate and graduate degrees, including the MS, ME, MBA and PhD. We have world-class faculty who work with our students in a number of cutting-edge research organizations that are discovering innovations in biotechnology, nanotechnology, information security, among others.
If you find our fresh perspective on science and technology education exciting, we hope you'll join us-whether you want to pursue a degree or just upgrade your skills.
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