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Competitions

Competitions Introductions

Explore each of these competitions that LEGO Education supports:

FIRST® LEGO® League Jr

Get naturally curious kids interested in science and technology at an early age with FIRST® LEGO® League Jr.! Teams of 2-6 children ages 6-9 solve real-world challenges in themes that change each year, building their solution with LEGO bricks.

Teams learn about science and engineering as they build a model using the LEGO® Education WeDo, and build their communication skills as they present information on a Show Me poster. Throughout their experience, teams operate under the FIRST LEGO League Jr. signature set of Core Values, celebrating discovery, teamwork, and Gracious Professionalism®.

FIRST LEGO League Jr. provides mentors and teachers a framework for an 8-week in-class enrichment, afterschool program, or club. Mentors can be any adult - a parent, teacher or community member. Commitment is a few hours per week.



2016 CREATURE CRAZE ℠ Challenge

FIRST® LEGO® League Jr. teams will dive into the wonders of the animal kingdom! Whether in zoos, on the farm, or in your own back yard, we all encounter animals in our lives. What will you learn about our furry, feathered, and finned friends?


2016-2017 Schedule

Registration cost TBD per team

August, 2016
Challenge released

November 2016-June 2017
Event season

April 2017
Jr.FLL World Festival Expo, St. Louis, MO, USA

April 2017
FLL Jr. World Festival Expo, Houston, TX, USA

FIRST® LEGO® League

More than 250,000 children ages 9-16* in 85+ countries take part in FIRST® LEGO® League every year. With adult coaches to guide them, FIRST LEGO League teams (up to 10 members) apply science, engineering, and math concepts, plus a big dose of imagination, to develop solutions to real-world problems. Each year, FIRST LEGO League issues an exciting challenge based on a real-world theme that includes a research project and a robot game using LEGO® MINDSTORMS® technology. Along the way, they develop valuable life skills in critical thinking, team building and creating presentations, and celebrate their accomplishments in fun, competitive events.

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: $225 per team

May, 2016
Registration opens

Mid-May, 2016
LEGO® Education materials begin to ship

August, 2016
Challenge Sets (formerly known as Field Setup Kits) begin to ship

Aug. 1, 2016 
Mission Model build instructions and Field Setup released 

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

**Ages vary by country

Google Science Fair

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

WRO

World Robot Olympiad (WRO) is a global robotics competition offering a variety of categories to inspire collaborative creativity, strengthen math and science knowledge, promote teamwork, develop presentation skills, and increase enthusiasm for global robotics technology.

Each participating country holds a national competition, and winners are invited to the World Olympiad. These students have an amazing opportunity to meet other competitors from over 55 different countries and potentially bring home the world title!


Competition Categories

Regular Category

A challenge-based competition in which students program a fully-autonomous robot to complete a series of tasks. Three age groups available:

Elementary school
12 years and under

Middle school
ages 13-15

High school
ages 16-19


Open Category

A project-based competition where students create their own intelligent robotics solutions relating to the current theme. Three age groups available:

Elementary school
12 years and under

Middle school
ages 13-15

High school
ages 16-19


WRO Football: an action-packed soccer competition for ages 16-19 in which teams construct and program robots that compete head-to-head 

WRO University Regular: a challenge-based competition with an emphasis on advanced engineering and programming skills for ages 17-25

All WRO teams are limited to 2-3 members and a coach. This encourages maximum participation and engagement of each team member. 

To learn more, visit wroboto.org

Are you interested in competitions outside of the US?

LEGO Education solutions and resources are available through selected partners in over 90 countries. To find out more, make a purchase or for local customer support, please find your local distributor.

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