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FIRST LEGO League (FLL) is a result of an exciting alliance between FIRST and the LEGO Company. Guided by adult mentors and their own imaginations, FLL students solve real-world engineering challenges and develop important life skills. UMBC (under the umbrella of the University of Maryland Foundation) serves as the organization partner for FLL in Maryland.
FIRST LEGO League provides students age 9-14 with a hands-on, interactive robotics program in a sports-like atmosphere. Teams of up to 10 players focus on team building, problem solving, creativity, and analytical thinking to develop solutions to a problem currently facing the world - the Challenge.
Each August, a new Challenge is unveiled to FLL teams across the world. Over the ensuing several months the teams strategize, design, build, program, test and refine a fully autonomous robot using LEGO MINDSTORMS(tm) technology. The teams also do their own research, talk to professionals, and develop compelling presentations which relate to the Challenge. At FLL competitions, the teams are evaluated on their robot’s performance, their presentation, teamwork, and robot design. With the guidance of an all-volunteer planning committee led by UMBC and with hundreds of volunteers, the teams compete at one of the 20+ qualifying competitions around the state of Maryland. 72 teams will then qualify for the FLL Maryland State Championship held in February 2019 at UMBC.
Key Websites to Read:
Main Site: https://www.firstinspires.org
FIRST LEGO League (FLL) Main Site: https://www.firstinspires.org/robotics/fll
FLL Challenge Site: https://www.firstinspires.org/robotics/fll/challenge-and-season-info