What is FLL?
FIRST Lego League (FLL)
FIRST Lego League (FLL) is an international competition organized by FIRST for elementary and middle school students. Each year in August, FIRST LEGO League introduces a scientific and real-world challenge for teams to focus and research on. The robotics part of the competition involves designing and programming Lego Mindstorms robots to complete tasks. The students work out solutions to the various problems they are given and then meet for regional tournaments to share their knowledge, compare ideas, and display their robots. The competition is split into three judged sections and a live robot run. The first judging session, Core Values, is designed to detect how the team works together and uses the FLL Core Values, which include teamwork. Teams are also asked to perform a teamwork exercise. Secondly, in the Robot Design, or technical judging, the team explains how they designed their robot and demonstrates their programs to the judges. Thirdly, in the Project, the students must research a topic related to the current challenge and create an innovative solution. The teams have 5 minutes to present their ideas, and the judges have another 5 minutes to ask questions. Finally, the students must use the robots they designed and built to autonomously complete a set of tasks on the challenge mat.
The La Cañada Engineering Club sponsors and mentors 4 FLL teams (one from La Cañada Elementary, one from Paradise Canyon Elementary, and two from La Cañada High School 7/8). In addition to mentoring these teams, our club also host 6 tournaments for this program (two practice tournaments, two qualifying tournaments, and the two Los Angeles Regional Championships). The La Cañada Engineering Club has been recognized as an essential and outstanding part of the Los Angeles First Lego League Region.
Game Season Starts the 2nd Saturday in August of each year. FIRST will annouce the challenge for the season with game video, rules and more.
To get more Official FIRST FLL Game information, click on the FIRST FLL Logo.
The La Cañada Engineering Club is currently hosting 4 FLL teams.
Starting in August 23, FLL teams meet after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 3:45-5:30pm for work on a research project, robot construction, programing and mission design.
La Cañada Engineering Club’s workshop at La Cañada High School, room 604, pass the North GYM.
EACH TEAM – Youth ages 6-12 with approximately 10 team members, at least 1 Parent Mentor and at least 1 LCEC High School Student Mentor. To participate, please enroll and complete the club registration for the student (LCEC Enrollment-Click Here).
LCEC and its programs are NOT funded by LCUSD. However, donated lab fees and Family and Company Donations help support ALL Programs. For example, FLL Team robot parts and costs to compete up to regionals, not including any traveling expense, is $1,250 per team ($5000). Please help and pay the lab fee (Click Here) if you would like to be a Sponsor and be recognized as part of our LCEC Family Support (Click Here).
The competitions begin in October/November and take place on the weekends at various locations around Southern California. The Los Angeles Regional Championship is in December.
- Qualifier Tournament, Sunday, Nov. 13th, at Milken Community School.
- Regional Tournament*, Dec. 4th at West Ranch.
- FLL State Championships*, December 17th, at UC Riverside.
- World Championships*, April 19-22, 2023 at Houston TX,
*if a team advances