The international LEGO competition that has kids solving real-world engineering problems is back for a new season. To that effect, this year’s FIRST LEGO League has started accepting team registrations for the season launch on August 4th.
FIRST LEGO League aims to introduce science, technology, engineering, and math to kids through real-world problem-solving. Participants of the competition will have to face tasks and finish challenges that feature LEGO education products such as LEGO Education WeDO 2.0, LEGO MINDSTORMS Education EV3, and the newest LEGO Education SPIKE Prime and SPIKE Prime expansion set.
This time around, the competition will have the theme, RePlay, and has been fitted with a revamped program structure. Participants will be segregated into three groups: Challenge (ages 9-14), Explore (ages 6-10), and Discover (ages 4-6).
Despite the change in structure, there should be no change to the impact of the competition on the participants. It has been designed so that they will receive the same rich experience the past competitions offered.
It’s estimated that with these divisions, the FIRST LEGO League, the 2020-2021 PLAYMAKERS, and RePLAY season, about 500,000 children across over one hundred countries will be reached.
The first batch of FIRST LEGO League participants were able to lend their skills outside of the competition during this pandemic. Through their gained knowledge, a group of students, coaches, and community members were able to 3D print personal protective equipment for frontline workers. The group fully produced these, from design to assembly, and has currently delivered over 25,000 3D-printed face shields.
Team registrations for the FIRST LEGO League can be found on the official website.