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 5 FLL teams (Students from La Cañada Elementary, Paradise Canyon Elementary, Palm Crest Elementary, and Flintridge Prep., and 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 in August of each year. FIRST will announce the challenge for the season with game videos, rules, and more.
For more Official FIRST FLL Game information, click the FIRST FLL Logo.
The La Cañada Engineering Club is currently hosting 5 FLL teams.
Starting in August of each year, 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 5-6 team members, at least 1 Parent Mentor and at least 1 LCEC High School Student Mentor.
Once the team is ready to compete, EACH member and Parent must create a FIRST INSPIRES Account and complete both the registration and Consent Forms (see below for the link). Besides FIRST Registration that needs to be completed, complete the club registrations for the student (2023-2024 Enrollment opens May 2023).
Register yourself on the Official FIRST Website (FIRST INSPIRES – CLICK HERE) for a new FIRST account, not your child. Enter your name, email address, and birthdate, not your child’s. You will be able to add your child and apply to a team under the Parent/Guardian – Youth tab on your dashboard after your account has been created. Once completed, please search the Team Number to join the roster, Either FLL 15735 or FLL 15736 or FLL 15737 or FLL 15738 or FLL 57907. If you have any questions, please email [email protected] or text 626-605-2429.
LCUSD Field Trip and Medical Forms (coming soon)
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
- How can I Help the Teams? Sign-up to Volunteer/ Mentor (Click HERE)
- FLL Director,
- LCEC Program Director & Mentor, Brian Mendoza, [email protected]
2022 Season has Concluded, THANK YOU for an awesome season!
2023-2024 FLL Game Resources
2023-2024 FIRST LEGO LEAGUE SEASON PREVIEW
2023-2024 FIRST LEGO LEAGUE GAME VIDEO