Join our mission into the 30 th season ofFIRST ® ! Prepare for blast off, break
out of your earthly constraints and go INTO ORBIT SM . The 2018/2019FIRST ® LEGO ® League season will
transport your team into space, where you’ll explore, challenge, and innovate in the vast expanse of

FIRST LEGO League challenges kids to think like scientists and engineers. During the INTO ORBIT
season, teams will choose and solve a real-world problem in the Project. They will also build, test,
and program an autonomous robot using LEGO ® MINDSTORMS ® technology to solve a set of missions
in the Robot Game. Throughout their experience, teams will operate under theFIRSTLEGO League
signature set of Core Values, celebrating discovery, teamwork, and Gracious Professionalism.

  • Teams of 6 to 10 kids work together to digest, understand and solve a real world challenge
  • All teams have an adult coach that functions as a facilitator
  • The challenge of the year goes live early September
  • The teams have 8 weeks to get ready for the tournament. This means: Build, program and test their robotics invention
  • Develop a strategy on how to score as many points as possible
  • Research the challenge topic and prepare a presentation
  • Document all the work
  • The teams then meet at a one day event
FIRST’s environment fosters students’ development of:

  1. Confidence and self-esteem based upon a known ability to meaningfully contribute to society.
  2. Competence through enquiry-based learning in the disciplines of science engineering, technology and mathematics.
  3. Community based on respect for self and others.
  4. Compassion and dignity based on gracious professionalism.

Every year,FIRST LEGO League releases a Challenge, which is based on a real-world scientific topic.
Each Challenge has three parts: the Robot Game, the Project, and the Core Values. Teams of up to
ten children, with at least two adult coaches, 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 theFIRST LEGO League Core Values.
Teams may then attend an official tournament, hosted by ourFIRST LEGO League Partners.
Past Challenges have been based on topics such as nanotechnology, climate, quality of life for the
handicapped population, and transportation. By designing our Challenges around such topics,
participants are exposed to potential career paths within a chosen Challenge topic, in addition to
solidifying the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) principles that naturally come
from participating in the program. Team members also learn valuable life and employment skills
which will benefit them no matter which career path they choose.
Like other team activities,FIRST LEGO League has basic ground rules. Failure to abide by these
rules could result in ineligibility for awards at a tournament or other consequences deemed
necessary by judges, referees, tournament organizers,FIRST LEGO League partners, Headquarters,
or their designated representatives. Additional rules and awards criteria may be found through
the link below.
Participation Rules – PDF
FIRST LEGO League is known around the globe not only for what we do (the Robot Game and
Project), but also how we do it, with Core Values at the heart. The rubrics used for judging reflect
these three equally important aspects of FIRST LEGO League.

Official tournaments must follow the judging and awards structure determined by FIRST LEGO
League. Although the audience mostly sees teams playing the Robot Game at tournaments, teams
are also being judged on:
Core Values
Robot Design
The Core Values Poster and the Robot Design Executive Summary are additional tools that may be
used to help facilitate discussion in the Core Values and Robot Design Judging sessions at official
events. Your Partner will distribute the instructions to teams outlining the information to be
included if your Region plans to require the Core Values Poster and/or the Robot Design Executive
Summary at its events. Please contact your Partner for further information. The Core Values
Poster and the Robot Design Executive Summary will be used as part of the judging at World
About Judging and awards
Teams must participate in all elements of a FIRST LEGO League competition including the Robot
Game and all three judged areas in order to be eligible for any Core Award.
Judges use the rubrics to help them determine which teams will receive awards.
With the exception of the Robot Performance Award, awards are determined by a deliberation
process, which is formulated around discussions of team performance in each category.
If a team does not exhibit Core Values at a tournament, they may be disqualified from winning any
awards – including Robot Performance, no matter how well they scored.
Adults are strictly prohibited from directing team members or interfering with the judging process
or robot rounds in any way.
No team is allowed to win two awards, unless one of the awards is for Robot Performance. Robot
Performance is the only category based solely on score.
While they may attend other events for fun, teams are only eligible to win awards at the first
official event of each qualifying level attended during the season.