FIRST Lego League

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FIRST LEGO League (FLL) is for students aged 9 to 16. Teams of students build and program Lego Mindstorms robots, and complete a project where they research a problem and design a solution. Each year's challenge is announced in term 3. Regional and national competitions are held in November, with World Championships the following year. Competition judging is in three parts: the Robot Game, the Project, and Core Values.

Detailed information about FIRST and their robotics competitions is available at FIRST Australia and US FIRST. The websites explain the organisation's Vision and their Values of Coopertition and Gracious Professionalism. ('Coopertition means competing always, but assisting and enabling others when you can.' 'Gracious professionals learn and compete like crazy, but treat one another with respect and kindness in the process.')

A large proportion of our Illawarra FRC students and mentors either participate in FLL, or have in the past. Worldwide, more than 200,000 children participate.


There are more than two dozen teams in the greater Illawarra and South Coast area, and some have competed internationally.

Local teams include:


If your local team has a website, contact illawarra5761@gmail.com and we can add a link.


Project Bucephalus run Robo Camp and Robo Club. These provide great opportunities for students to learn LEGO Robotics skills.

2016/17 Animal Allies

Registering a team costs A$400. This covers registration, a paper mat, and the Lego parts for the current year's mission models (that your robot will be need to interact with). You will also need a Lego Mindstorms NXT or EV3, and a table.

Challenge announcement videos

Challenge description

Mission models

Table build instructions

Field setup guide

2015/16 Trash Trek

Wollongong FLL Regional

2014/15 World Class

2013/14 Nature's Fury