Getting Started with First Lego League

fllWhat is First Lego League? To start there isn’t just First Lego League (grades 4-8), there is First Lego League Jr. (ages 6-10), and First Tech Challenge (grades 7-12). Each each schools, libraries, and the like form teams (each league has its own rules about this) and complete challenges together during the school year that culminates in an expo/competition. The challenges revolve around the theme that changes each year. The Jr. one is called Creature Craze and the League’s is Animal Allies.

What do you need? Besides team members and 2 coaches (volunteers, staff members) you will have to pay a registration fee and purchase supplies. For First Lego League EV3 Mindstorms needs to be purchased.

Why is Tinker mentioning this? At our November meeting I and my co-worker Heather Swanson presented to the librarians in attendance about I interest in starting our own team at the Algonquin library. We hope that there will be other libraries interested in starting their own. If there are we would like to host an expo and bring all our teams together to share our projects.

We are still in the early stages of this. We are investigating alternate options outside of actually signing up for First Lego League or how flexible Lego is with the rules to register with them, but perhaps adjust the rules to be more compatible with library needs.

To learn more about First Lego League, check out the website.

If you would like to be apart of this process and hear more about this upcoming program please fill out our Tinker survey to be added to the mailing list.

(Alison Tseng, atseng@aapld.org)

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