FIRST LEGO League is for teams of students, ages 9 to 14. Teams of up to 10 students compete in a yearly challenge with three primary parts, the Robot Game, the Project and the FIRST LEGO League Core Values. In August, the Challenge is announced. Teams participate in the Challenge by programming an autonomous robot to score points on a themed playing field (Robot Game), developing a solution to a problem they have identified (Project), all guided by the FIRST LEGO League Core Values.

Teams then attend an official tournament which is like sporting events with judges, referees and awards. Teams compete in Regional Tournaments to qualify for the iSPACE FIRST LEGO League District Tournament. Qualifying teams then compete in the State Championship.

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Timeline for 2017-2018 FIRST LEGO League Season:

(Please check back throughout the season as more event dates are added.)

May 10, 2017
FIRST’s FLL Website
Wednesday August 23, 2017 6:30-8:00 pm
Rookie FLL Coach Workshop
Register HERE
Tuesday August 29, 2017
FLL Website
Wednesday August 30, 2017
FLL Hydro Dynamics and FLL Jr. Aqua Adventure Kick Off
Click HERE for more information.
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
iSPACE -- Free and open to the public
Tuesday September 12, 2017  6:30-8:30 pm
Beginner EV3 Programming Workshop for FLL Teams and Mentors
Wednesday September 13, 2017  6:30-8:30 pm
Beginner EV3 Programming Workshop for FLL Teams and Mentors
Wednesday September 20, 2017  6:30-8:30 pm
Beginner EV3 Programming Workshop for FLL Teams and Mentors
Limited to 25 students
Thursday September 21, 2017  6:30-8:30 pm
Beginner EV3 Programming Workshop for FLL Teams and Mentors
Limited to 25 students
October 2017
Regional Tournament Registration Opens
Register with OH FLL Director
Locations Vary
Practice Tournaments
FLL Practice Event Details and Signups are at
Locations Vary
October 21, 9-noon hosted by Return of the Brick
Redeemer Church 3431 Hamilton Middletown Rd. Hamilton, OH 45011
Project, Core Values, and Robot Game Practice Event
October 27, 4:00-8:00pm Sycamore Robot Runs
Edwin H. Greene Intermediate School
5200 Aldine Dr. Cincinnati OH 45242
Robot Game only.
October 25, 6pm-9pm hosted by LEGO Legion
Evangelical Community Church, 2191 Struble Road (Mt. Healthy 45231),
Core Values, RDEA, Project, and Robot Game Practice
November 2, 2017 6:30pm-8:30pm
FLL Referee Training
Adult coaches and mentors welcome
November 4, 1pm-6pm hosted by Shirley Lee
Cincinnati Mills Shopping Center
Invited teams will be invited by Shirley Lee
November 17 - 18, 2017
Ross Rambotics FLL Regional Tournament
Ross Middle School
November 28, 6pm-9pm hosted by Constant Deviation
Faith Bible Church 3180 E. Kemper Road
Project Presentation and Robot Game Practice

December 2, 2017
Sycamore FLL Regional Tournament
E.H. Green Intermediate School
December December 9, 2017
Cincinnati State FLL Regional Tournament
Cincinnati State
December 3, 2017
The Beak Squad FLL Regional Tournament
Cincinnati Hills ChristianAcademy
December 15 - 16, 2017
Thunderhawks FLL Regional Tournament
Lakota East Freshman Campus
January 20, 2018
iSPACE District FLL Tournament
February 3 - 4, 2018
Ohio FLL State Tournament
Wright State University’s Nutter Center

Starting a Team

Anyone can start a FIRST LEGO League Team! Teams may be made up of members from a school, church, scout troop, club or group of friends. It is often necessary to form a new team since existing teams may not be adding new members. A starting point is FIRST’s Start a Team webpage. Note: Neither iSPACE nor FIRST creates teams, hosts teams or places students onto teams.

  1. Recruit up to 10 students; team members must be 14 or under on January 1 of the year the challenge is released. FIRST LEGO League “suggests” kids be at least 9 years old. An individual can be on only one FIRST LEGO League team per season. Each team must have two or more adults (18 or older) as coaches/mentors. An adult can coach multiple teams. Coaches DO NOT need robot or technical experience but should be willing to learn and able to organize and facilitate the team.
  2. Register the team with FIRST LEGO League.Registration is open May through mid-September or until all slots are filled, whichever comes first.
  3. Order LEGO MINDSTORMS robotics kit, if one is not already available. We suggest doing this as early as possible to start learning about programming and building a few basic robot designs.
  4. Order the Field Set-up Kit specific to this year’s challenge (or arrange to share one with another team). The game mat which is part of the Field Set-up Kit is 4’x8’. Build a practice table to hold the Field Set-up Kit that complies with competition standards. Several types of tables can be used and building instructions can be found on the FIRST website.
  5. Attend a Coach or Team Workshop. iSPACE and other organizations provide workshops to aid coaches, mentors and teams.
  6. Register for a FLL Ohio Regional Tournament through WPAFB Educational Outreach Office.
  7. Sign up to attend a practice tournament or scrimmage in October.

Connections to Form a Team: FIRST TeamUP allows parents, coaches, and mentors to connect. Users can create a profile and search for teams or parents matching selection criteria on FIRST‘s forum.

Download How To Form a Hydro Dynamics FLL Team flyer. (coming soon)


Expected Costs

Costs are based on last year’s prices for a new team. Returning teams may reuse the robot kit and table. Teams may choose to purchase additional parts, so fees could vary accordingly.

Cost: $900-$1100 for a new team
$499 for the latest Mindstorms Robot Kit – EV3  (Any generation of Mindstorms robot is allowed.)
$75 Challenge Set
$52 Shipping and handling for Robot, Registration and Challenge Set
$120 for Table Construction Materials (estimated)
$225 FIRST Team Registration Fee
$75 Ohio Tournament Fee

Teams can fund raise. Schools can apply for grants to foundations that have a history of supporting robotics such as American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics (AIAA) and Aerospace Education Foundation (AEF). Church, club, scout or neighborhood teams can ask businesses or civic organizations to sponsor them. Teams can conduct mini-fundraisers (car wash, bake sale, chores for neighbors, etc.) to raise funds.

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