What do you need to participate in FIRST® LEGO® League Challenge?
The Challenge Set consists of the challenge mat and LEGO component mission models. This set is updated annually with a new theme.
Upon registration, you need to order at least one Challenge Set to get started. For more than 3 teams, we recommend ordering an extra Challenge Set.
Each team builds and programs a LEGO robot. The team can use LEGO robot(s) they already have, such as the LEGO Mindstorms EV3 Education.
If you're a new team or want to purchase the latest robot generation, we recommend the following sets available through our logistics partner, Rato Education:
LEGO Education SPIKE™ PRIME set
With this starter set, you can build a simple robot to participate in the robot competitions.
LEGO® Education SPIKE™ Prime Expansion Set V2
The expansion set complements the starter set and includes additional parts, wheels, color sensor, and large motor.
The robot set and expansion sets are not included in the registration. You must work with your own LEGO robot(s) or purchase one or more through the provided link or other vendors or second-hand platforms.
The software for programming the LEGO robots is available for free to download from the LEGO Education website, including free lessons guiding a team step by step.
The challenge mat is placed on a competition table during the final. While it's recommended that the team builds such a table, it's not mandatory. A building plan is provided to new teams.
Assembling a Team
A FIRST LEGO League Challenge team consists of a maximum of 10 children aged 9 to 15 years. This applies to both individual teams and those participating with a Class Pack. Children don't need to be the same age or from the same class, as long as they meet the age requirements mentioned above.
The regional or national partner may request proof of age at any time.
The team coach guides the FIRST LEGO League Challenge team and can be a teacher, parent, family member, or acquaintance. The team coach must be 18 years or older, and a maximum of two team coaches can lead the team.
Each team coach and team leader must possess a recent extract from the criminal record - model 2. This can be obtained digitally from your municipality.
Included Tools and Resources
As a teacher/guide, you gain access to a range of powerful tools and resources upon registering your team(s). It's great to know that you don't need prior knowledge to participate—our program is designed to support both beginners and experienced educators.
Whether you're new to the world of STEM education or an experienced teacher, FIRST LEGO League is tailored to keep the barrier to entry as low as possible. The goal is to inspire you and your students, stimulate creativity, and introduce them to STEM.
These tools and resources are included in your registration:
Robot Game Rulebook
The Robot Game Rulebook explains step by step how the robot missions work. It provides detailed descriptions of the missions your team needs to complete. Use this guide to draft your mission strategy. It also contains all the rules related to robot design requirements and the score sheet.
Team Meeting guide
When teams gather to work on robot design and the innovation project, it's called a team meeting. The Team Meeting Guide provides guidance through 12 sessions that the team can undertake to arrive at an efficient robot design and innovation project.
The Engineering Notebook is meant for team members to track their progress and follow the 12 sessions.
Access to a Global Community
As a team coach, you're part of an extensive community of teachers, team coaches, and mentors worldwide.
Participating at school with a Class Pack
Did you know you can also participate at the school level? With the FIRST LEGO League Class Pack, you can organize a competition at the class or school level, where the School Champion's team advances to the provincial regional final.
The Class Pack purchase includes two FIRST LEGO League Challenge sets, allowing an unlimited number of teams to participate at the school. No additional registration fee is required for additional teams within the school.
To support this, several digital tools and resources are provided for schools participating with a Class Pack:
Class Pack Guide
This handbook, intended for the guiding teacher, is filled with practical tips on how to implement FIRST LEGO League during class hours. It contains numerous examples to adapt your schedule accordingly. Furthermore, the handbook includes guidelines on how to organize a school competition, including example competition schedules, required time, etc.
Posters & templates
Decorate your classroom wall with official FIRST LEGO League teaching posters covering Core Values, the design cycle, and more. You'll also have access to downloadable templates for use during the school competition, such as the judging form, robot competition score sheet, and certificates for participating/winning teams.
Get access to dozens of Kahoot! quizes provided by FIRST.
Participation fees for FIRST LEGO League Challenge
Participating as a Team
- Team registration fee: 150 EUR (incl. VAT) +
- FIRST LEGO League Challenge set: 140 EUR (incl. VAT), shipping not included
- The registration fee is applicable per team, and at least one Challenge Set must be ordered.
- Additionally, you'll need a LEGO Education SPIKE™ PRIME or LEGO® MINDSTORMS® EV3 robot to participate. These are not included in the amounts mentioned above.
Participating as a School with a Class Pack
Participation per school: 450 EUR (incl. VAT, excluding shipping cost)
Included in the participation fee:
- 2x LEGO Challenge Set with robot missions
- Class Pack guide and learning objectives guide
- Unlimited number of teams at the school level
- Access to an online platform with all necessary documents (certificates, guides, etc.) and FIRST LEGO League Kahoot! quizzes
- Participation of one team in a regional final
- Note: LEGO robots are not included in the participation fee
The payment term is 30 days after receipt of the invoice. There are costs associated with late payment of this invoice.