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Competitions Introductions

Explore each of these competitions that LEGO Education supports:

FIRST® LEGO® League is an international inquiry-based program for children ages 9-14 that grows their interest in science, and technology through an exciting team-based competitive event that includes a research assignment, a robot game using LEGO MINDSTORMS Education, and life skills projects. FIRST® LEGO League participants will:

  • Design, build, and program LEGO MINDSTORMS robots
  • Apply real-world math and science concepts
  • Research challenges facing today's scientists and engineers
  • Test critical thinking, team building, and presentation skills
  • Participate in tournaments and celebrations

What FIRST® LEGO League teams accomplish is nothing short of amazing. It's fun. It's exciting. And the skills they learn will last a lifetime.

Teams can include up to 10 children ages 9-14 in the US. Commitment for adult mentors and coaches is about four hours per week, and anyone can start a team - parent, teacher, or community member.

2016 ANIMAL ALLIES℠ Challenge

In this season's challenge, teams will explore the fascinating world of our furry, feathered, and finned friends – look into the eyes of our ANIMAL ALLIES℠. What might become possible when we learn to help each other?

2016-2017 Schedule

Team registrations will be accepted until all slots are filled. Registration cost: TBD per team

May, 2016 Registration opens
Mid-May, 2016 Registration and LEGO Education materials begin to ship
August, 2016 Field setup kits begin to ship
August 30, 2016 Global challenge released
Sept. - Oct. 2016** Team registration closes/last day to order products
Nov. 2016-Mar. 2017 Tournament season
April, 2017 World Festival, St. Louis, MO, & Houston, TX, USA

Additional Resources

Since 2011, the Google Science Fair has become the world’s largest online science fair with thousands of entries from students in more than 90 countries. The Google Science Fair is open to students ages 13-18 worldwide. All projects are submitted entirely online, so all students need to participate is a curious mind and an Internet connection.

The 2016 Google Science Fair will be open soon. Stay tuned!

New Awards: In addition to the annual Grand Prize Winner, there are 7 new awards with the science fair partners.

The LEGO Education Builder Award

The LEGO Education Builder Award honors a student who uses an innovative, hands-on approach to solve some of the greatest engineering challenges.

The winner, along with a parent or guardian, will travel to The LEGO Group headquarters in Billund, Denmark, where the student will meet with LEGO Education employees and designers. The student will tour the LEGO Manufacturing facilities, LEGO Idea House and receive tickets to LEGOLAND Denmark. They will also receive a custom LEGO brick build designed by one of the LEGO Education designers in Billund, Denmark. The student will also receive a scholarship to further their education as well as have access to work with a LEGO Education executive for one year as a mentor to learn how to launch a business and the art of entrepreneurship.

2016 Dates

February 17 Open for submissions
May 17 Submissions due today!
July 18 Regional finalists and Community Impact Award winners announced
August 11 Global finalists announced
September 27 Award Ceremony

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