First Lego League 2018 – INTO ORBIT

FIRST® LEGO® League is a global Science and Technology challenge for 9-16 year olds. Each year a theme relevant to the world around them is chosen as a focus for the challenge. The students work together to research the topic and to design, build and program an autonomous LEGO® robot to solve a series of missions.   Teams usually have between 12 and 16 weeks to work on the challenge before they compete in their regional tournaments.  Each challenge has three parts – the Robot Game, the Project and the Core Values.


The theme for the 2018-2019 season is INTO ORBIT



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 and guide
  • Coach your team through the challenge
  • Bring your students to our events in January (North Wales and South Wales) to compete

What do I need to participate?

Teams, coaches and supporters must demonstrate the Core Values in their actions and activities.

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
  • Challenge Set
  • Documents from
    • Mission Model Build Instructions
    • Field Setup Guide
    • Challenge and Challenge Guide

Where can I read the rules of the competition?

You can view the full competition rules here

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.

LEGO Foundation Grant – The LEGO Foundation First Lego League and the Institution of Engineering are donating free registration and LEGO materials to two schools in Wales.  To be eligible for the LEGO Foundation grant, your school’s free school meal percentage should be above 35%  and you must sign a three-year participation agreement.  Each year, the school will receive free registration and materials, as below:

  • 2018-2019 – LEGO Mindstorms EV3 robot core set + INTO ORBIT Challenge Set + free registration
  • 2019-2020 – LEGO Mindstorms Expansion Set + New season Challenge Set + free registration
  • 2020-2021 – (1 EV3 Large Servo Motor, 2 EV3 Medium Servo Motors, 2 EV3 Color Sensors, 1 EV3 Cable Pack) + Challenge Set + free registration

RS First LEGO League Grant – RS have teamed up with the Institution of Engineering to donate free registration and LEGO materials to two schools in Wales.  To be eligible for the RS First LEGO League Grant, your school’s free school meal percentage should be above 35%  and you must sign a one-year participation agreement.  The school will receive free registration for the 2018-2019 INTO ORBIT season and materials, as below:

  • 2018-2019 – LEGO Mindstorms EV3 robot core set + INTO ORBIT Challenge Set + free registration

EESW Registration Fee Grant – The Engineering Education Scheme Wales have received funding through the Welsh European Funding Office and the National Science Academy via the Welsh Government for up 30 entry registration fees for state Secondary Schools in the West Wales & Valleys region and up to 10 entry registration fees for state Secondary Schools and state Primary Schools in the East Wales region.  We also have a number of EV3 robots, which we are able to loan to participating schools.

To register for the challenge, contact us at EESW/STEMCymru today, indicating which grant you would like to apply for.  Not sure which one to choose?  Drop us an email or give us a call and we can check which grants you are eligible for!