BRICKLIVE, the UK’s biggest LEGO celebration, welcomes the FIRST LEGO League to Birmingham’s NEC from 27th to 30th October. Making its Midlands debut, FIRST LEGO League (FLL) is a global science and technology challenge for teams of students, to encourage an interest in real world issues and develop key skills that are crucial for their future careers. Taster sessions will be offered to youngsters at BRICKLIVE.


The students work together to explore a given topic and to design, build and program an autonomous LEGO robot to solve a series of missions. The programme is run in the UK and Ireland by the Institution of Engineering and Technology, who will be offering one-hour long taster sessions for young visitors throughout the show, with those interested just needing to sign-up on the day.


Richard Pering, Education Manager of FLL at the Institution of Engineering and Technology, explains: “In the FIRST LEGO League workshop, you’ll deal with the aftermath of a natural disaster by investigating what’s happened and programming a LEGO robot to help get the people affected out of trouble. No experience of programming is needed – just some creativity, team working skills and a clear head under pressure!”


FLL is for young people aged 9 to16 years, working in teams of up to ten students with a supporting adult coach. Each year FLL releases a new challenge for the teams. The challenge involves a robot game and a research project, and students will need to demonstrate the FLL Core Values throughout all their work. Teams usually have twelve to sixteen weeks to work on the challenge before they compete in their chosen Regional Tournament.


In the 2015-16 season, 538 teams took part around the UK and Ireland, with 39 days of tournaments at 37 locations. The winning team went on to compete at the FIRST LEGO League World Festival in the USA. They brought home an award for innovation in their research project, which looked at reducing food waste. More information can be found at


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