Lego league

    J. Michael Lunsford Middle School 

    FIRST LEGO League Robotics Club




    The Theme for this year’s 2019-20 FLL competition will be released on August 1st.


    FIRST LEGO League challenges kids to think like scientists and engineers.  Each season, teams will choose and solve a real-world problem in the Project. They will also build, test, and program an autonomous robot using LEGO® MINDSTORMS® technology to solve a set of missions in the Robot Game. Throughout their experience, teams will operate under the FIRST LEGO League signature set of Core Values, celebrating discovery, teamwork, and Gracious Professionalism®.


    Who:  6th, 7th, and 8th grade Lunsford Middle students and their Parents.  Each FLL team needs a coach!  Coaches do not need to be an engineer. The FLL provides numerous resources to help Coaches and the Club Coordinator will provide support and mentorship for each team.  Coaches are expected to guide but not direct the work performed by the FLL team members.


    Commitment: The following meeting times are guidelines provided by experienced coaches but are not requirements.  Team Coaches, parents and team members will determine how often and when to meet.  In addition to the times listed below, team members will need to perform some project research at home.


    Example of the time commitment:

    Summer: Optional team meetings

    August – October:  (Design) 2-3 hour design meetings each week for about eight weeks,

    November: (Regional Tournament) Weekend all-day event – one day



    April 10th – 6:00pm – Lunsford Library: Parent/Student Information Night

    May 30: Tentative Deadline for 2019 Lunsford Robotics Registration

    To register for LEGO League, please complete this form.



    Cost:  Registration fees will be determined by the number of members on each team. The registration fee for each member of a team will be between $60 - $100, depending on size, and registration fee.  If you are in need of assistance please reach out, as scholarships are available.  The registration fee is nonrefundable and used to purchase equipment and pay tournament registration fees. All equipment and practice tables will remain the property of J. Michael Lunsford Middle School. 


    FLL Website: www.firstlegoleague.org



    What is FIRST LEGO League?


    The overall competition is broken down into 3 sections.


    FIRST Core Values

    We express the FIRST philosophies of Gracious Professionalism and Coopertition through our FIRST Core Values: 

    • Discovery: We explore new skills and ideas.
    • Innovation: We use creativity and persistence to solve problems.
    • Impact: We apply what we learn to improve our world.
    • Inclusion: We respect each other and embrace our differences.
    • Teamwork: We are stronger when we work together.
    • Fun: We enjoy and celebrate what we do!


    The FIRST Core Values help distinguish FIRST and FIRST LEGO League from other programs. By embracing the FIRST Core Values, participants learn that friendly competition and mutual gain are not separate goals, and that helping each other is the foundation of teamwork. Incorporating teamwork activities into each meeting will help your team learn to work together while having fun.

    Suggested FIRST Core Values activities are included in every module of FIRST Steps


    The Challenge

    In the Robot Game, teams design, build, program and test autonomous robots using LEGO

    MINDSTORMS technology. The Robot Game playing field reflects the real-world theme for this season. Teams select which missions to solve in 2½ minute matches. Season-specific rules release with the Challenge but some are evergreen.


    The Project

    In the Project, teams research a real-world problem in the field of the season’s Challenge theme. Then they create an innovative solution to that problem (either by creating something that doesn’t exist or building upon something that does). Teams share their findings with others. Teams that go to events must prepare a 5-minute presentation about their Project.





    Anyone needing accommodations due to a disability in order to meaningfully participate in this program is asked to contact Jennifer Brooks at 703-722-2660 at least 5 days prior to the event.

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Last Modified on April 22, 2019