2016 Competition Dates:
- 5 November (NSW)
Macquarie University Regional #1
- 6 November (NSW)
Macquarie University Regional #2
- 13 November (SA)
- 13 November (QLD)
Grace Lutheran College Regional
- 19 November (TAS)
Tasmania Regional at Dominic College (Hobart)
- TBA (NSW)
Western Sydney Regional
- 16 November (VIC)
KIOSC Melbourne Regional
- 19 November (QLD)
QUT "The Cube" Regional
- 20 November (VIC)
Melbourne Regional at Swinburne University
- 26 November (QLD)
QUT Caboolture Regional
- 26 November (NSW)
Wollongong Regional at Illawarra Grammar School
- 27 November (WA)
- 30 November (NSW)
Northern Beaches Regional at Narrabeen Sports High School
- 10 December (National)
Australian National Championship at Macquarie University
- Challenge & Season
- Coach's Handbook
- Core Values
- Mission Model Building Instructions
- Table Building Instructions
- Online Resource Library
- Judging Rubrics
In Australia, there are two LEGO® Education retailers for LEGO® Mindstorms EV3 Kits:
FIRST® LEGO® League is a competition catering for upper-primary and lower-secondary school students. Every year, teams of up to 10 students build, program and compete with a robot, while also learning about a modern problem in science and engineering and developing solutions for it. The entire competition for the year is based around one of these themes: Past themes include natural disasters, senior citizens, food health & safety, climate change, medical science, and nanotechnology. Tournaments are run with the feel of a sporting event, and teams compete like crazy while having the time of their lives. 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.
FIRST® LEGO® League is a multi-part competition judged on three important elements:
Teams design, build and program a LEGO® robot to complete a series of challenges. The robot has to operate on pre-programmed instructions, and complete as many tasks as possible in only 2 minutes and 30 seconds. The challenge changes every year, and is always based on the year’s central theme. The 2013 game, Nature’s Fury, was based on natural disasters and robots had to clear branches of power lines, raise flood warning signs, and more. Teams compete on adjacent tables to score as many points as possible, and a number of awards are given for robot performance, programming innovation and clever design.
Every year, teams study the year’s theme and develop solutions to problems they’ve identified in society. Through the project, teams learn more about the competition theme and present their ideas to a panel of judges. Working on the project teaches students to research, think critically, work as a team and speak publicly. The project shows students they have the power to change the world, as teams can share successful ideas with their community, their school, their families, even all of Australia and the world. The international FIRST® LEGO® League Global Innovation Award provides teams with a way to share their solution with the entire global FIRST community.
3. Core Values
Throughout the competition, teams are judged on their adherence to the FIRST® LEGO® League core values, including teamwork, Coopertition®, and Gracious Professionalism®. This aspect of FIRST® LEGO® League is designed to develop the students of today into the responsible citizens of tomorrow. Good examples of Core Values are observed and recognised with awards and trophies. Through this celebration of good qualities, FIRST® LEGO® League seeks to make students into better competitors, citizens, problem-solvers and engineers.
Requirements and Cost
FIRST® LEGO® League is an incredibly rewarding program for young students, and teams can come from schools, social groups, community groups, homes, church groups, etc.
If you want to start a team, there are a few things you’ll need:
- A dedicated adult coach
- A LEGO Mindstorms EV3, NXT or RCX robot kit
- A place to meet to work on building robots, practicing games and working on the project.
Registering a team for the 2016 FIRST® LEGO® League season (in Australia) incurs the following fees:
- AUD$400 for one team with one kit
- AUD$475 for two teams sharing one kit
This registration cost includes a competition challenge set for the team to practice with, and the right to compete at a regional qualifying tournament. If the team performs well, they may be invited to compete at a national level - for no extra registration cost.
The game is released in August, and regional qualifying tournaments are mostly in November/December (exact dates vary by region). Teams who perform well in their region qualify to compete at the Australian national tournament in December, at which they may qualify further to compete at an international event, representing Australia.
To register a team for the 2016 Season, please click here.
FIRST LEGO League practice kits from previous seasons are available at a discounted rate. These kits are useful between seasons for new teams who would like to learn the game and develop robot strategies before the new season is released (generally in August of each year). If you would like to purchase a “practice kit”, please download and complete this form: FLL Practice Set Order Form (clickable link) and email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The following kit is the ONLY KIT currently available:
- 2012 SENIOR SOLUTIONS
Practice kit contains the competition table mat and all of the LEGO individually bagged and numbered to build the mission models. CLICK HERE to access & download the mission model building instructions for each kit.
FIRST LEGO League Regional Contacts
- South Australia: Wendy Gomersall (email@example.com)
- Queensland - Brisbane, QUT Precincts (The Cube): Jacina Leong (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Queensland - Brisbane, QUT Caboolture: Chris Chalmers (email@example.com)
- Queensland - Brisbane, Grace Lutheran College: Peter Kellett (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Western Australia: Gabrielle Migliore (email@example.com)
- Victoria (Swinburne University): Therese Keane (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- NSW & Tasmania: Wynonah Bush (email@example.com) & Fred Westling (firstname.lastname@example.org)