Throughout the season, teams will need access to the following materials:

  • LEGO® MINDSTORMS Robot Set (Ev3 Robot)
  • Computer or tablet with software to program the robot
  • FIRST LEGO League Challenge Set
  • Documents from
    • Mission Model Build Instructions (released 1st August 2018)
    • Field Setup Guide (released 1st August 2018)
    • Challenge and Challenge Guide (released at noon on 1st August 2018).

The Engineering Education Scheme Wales (EESW) and The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)  are the Wales partners for FIRST®LEGO® League (FLL).  FLL is a global science and technology competition for teams of students, to encourage an interest in real world issues and develop key skills that are crucial for their future careers.  The students work together as a team and explore a given scientific topic and plan, program and test an autonomous robot to solve several missions.

FLL is for young people aged nine to 16 years, working in teams of up to ten with a supporting mentor. Each year FLL releases a new challenge for the teams.

Each year a new theme is set and teams work to develop a research project into this theme and program a LEGO robot to complete a series of relevant tasks. Teams meet at the regional finals to celebrate their work and winners will go forward to the UK and Ireland final where a team to represent the UK will be selected for the International competition.

Teams have ten to twelve weeks during the autumn term to complete and test their entry before they compete in their chosen Regional Tournament.

EESW can provide support for schools entering the LEGO League - we can offer team visits and training as well as support with funding the cost of entry.

You can find out more about the competition here
Or contact us here



How does it work?

  • Form a team of up to ten pupils between the ages of 9 and 16, with two adult coaches
  • Register your interest with EESW here and you will be sent a registration form - see below for information on costs and available grants.
  • Download the challenge document (when it becomes available on 1st August 2018)
  • Coach your team through the challenge (EESW can provide support)
  • Bring your students to our events in January (North Wales and South Wales) to compete



How much does it cost to register?

The registration fee is £180, which includes competition entry and the INTO ORBIT Challenge Set (2018). You will also need an Ev3 robot, which costs around £250 to purchase. The Engineering Education Scheme Wales has a number of funding options available for schools in Wales.

All funding will be allocated to eligible schools only, on a first come, first served basis. Only one registration will be funded per school. Second teams may be eligible for a discount of 50% off the registration fee only. Any subsequent teams will be required to pay the full registration fee.