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We are thrilled to announce that the FIRST LEGO League will be happening in Scotland again. The 2015-16 season is sure to excite, now with five tournaments being held in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Dundee, and St. Andrews.



FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL) is an international, robotics-based programme which ignites the imagination 
and problem solving abilities of children through engineering, computing, creativity and teamwork. It is designed to inspire the next generation of tech-savvy inventors!

Lambda Jam are working in partnership with the Young Academy of Scotland
to bring this exciting programme to Scottish children. Our support comes from the Institution of Engineering and Technology, which oversees FLL in the UK, Skills Development Scotland, and many other generous organisations and volunteers.

The competition has been running globally for 16 years and in 2015 it is expected that over 250,000 children aged 9 to 16 will enter from more than 80 countries. The winning team from Scotland will go on to compete in the UK Finals, and possibly the World Championships beyond that!

The FLL Challenge

Each year the FLL Challenge has three parts: the Robot Game, the Project, and the FLL Core Values. Teams of up to ten children, with at least one adult coach, participate in the Challenge by programming an autonomous robot to score points on a themed playing field (Robot Game), developing a solution to a problem they have identified (Project), all guided by the FLL Core Values. Teams may then attend an official tournament.

Trash Trek Season

The Challenge is always based around an annual theme. In 2015 participants will turn their mind to being eco-friendly, as they delve into the season of TRASH TREK and explore the fascinating world of what you throw away. From collection, to sorting, to smart production and reuse, there is more to your rubbish than meets the eye.

To learn more, check out the videos past entrants have put together. These will show far better than we can just how much fun taking part in FLL can be. You can also learn about entering a team or what’s involved in coaching. For teams who would like help, bursaries and training are available!

  • Participants must be aged between 9 and 16.
  • Teams should consist of a maximum of 10 participants.
  • Teams can be made up of a variety of ages.
  • Each participant can only belong to one team.
  • Each team will require a coach to assist them. Anyone over 16 can be the coach, and they can coach more than one team.
  • FLL can be run as part of a class curriculum, in a lunchtime club, a youth group, or simply a group of friends.
The Competition

Using Lego Mindstorms technology, competing teams build an autonomous robot to tackle specific challenges. Teams must also research a novel solution to a problem based on the annual theme and deliver a presentation on it. Furthermore, successful teams must demonstrate that they have appreciated FLL’s signature set of core values: teams must show a good working ethos, collaborate well and exhibit graceful professionalism.

Skills and Subjects Developed
  • Science
  • Technology
  • Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Strategic thinking
  • Science Communication
  • Creativity
  • Team Work
  • Self directed learning

FLL is accredited by the British Science Association. Participants can earn either a Bronze or Silver CREST Award.

FLL Burgh Bears Promo Video 2015 from Karl Barrs on Youtube.

FLL Calderwood Clan Promo Video Aug-15 from Malachy Devlin on Vimeo.