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FIRST® LEGO® League 2017

FIRST® LEGO® League is an international robotics program that challenges groups of students (9 – 16 years old) to think like scientists and engineers. Groups of up to 10 students have 3 months — from August to November — to build and program a robot, and develop scientific and engineering solutions, based on an annual theme and connected to a real-world challenge. At the end of the 3 months, groups participate in a high-energy tournament at The Cube to present their solutions and compete against other teams.

This year's theme is HYDRO DYNAMICS℠ Global Challenge. Drink in the 2017/2018 HYDRO DYNAMICS℠ season and learn all about water – how we find, transport, use, or dispose of it. On your mark, get set, flow!

The Cube has been a proud tournament host of FIRST® LEGO® League since 2013.

triangular play button icon Welcome to the HYDRO DYNAMICS Season - Robot Game [6:00 YouTube]

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY

FIRST® LEGO® League is made possible by a large and passionate volunteer community of students, family, teachers and veteran competitors. Tournaments are run with the feel of a sporting event, and teams compete using LEGO┬« Education Mindstorms while having the time of their lives. What FIRST® LEGO® League teams accomplish is nothing short of amazing. It's fun. It's exciting. And the skills they learn will last a lifetime. All Volunteers will receive a FIRST LEGO League t-shirt, certificate of appreciation and a catered lunch as thanks for their participation.

If you would like to nominate yourself for a specific position, see list of volunteer role descriptions. To register as a volunteer for this year's FIRST LEGO League apply online

FIRST LEGO League key dates

  • 15 June 2017 – Start of FLL Registration for new season. Please note: Registrations for The Cube (Gardens Point campus) are full.
  • 29 August 2017 – FLL HYDRO DYNAMICS Missions are published - official kickoff
  • 10 October 2017 – Coaches Meet Up and Q&A session
  • 18 November 2017 – FLL The Cube Gardens Point Regional Tournaments
  • 20 January 2018 – 11 February 2018 – FLL Semi Final Tournament (Sydney)
  • 17 – 18 March 2018 – FLL Final and closing of the FLL Season 2017/2018 (USA)

Here's a list of FAQs for interested, new and returning coaches

Who are FIRST?

What is FIRST® LEGO® League?

What role does The Cube play in relation to FIRST® LEGO® League?

Are there other Queensland-based FIRST® LEGO® League hosts?

How do I start a team? What do I need?

It's my first time as a team coach. What should my team and I expect?

How do I register a team?

What costs are associated with registering a team? What's included in registration?

What are the participation rules?

How many students are allowed in a team?

Are there any coaching resources that I can access before the tournament?

Will our team need to build a Robot Game table?

What can I do with my team in the lead up to my kit arriving?

What are our teams expected to do on the day?

What should I bring with me to the tournament?

How will my team be assessed?

What awards will they be eligible for?

When will I know if my team qualifies for Nationals?

I'm interested in the tournament, however would prefer to attend in 2018. Can I attend as an observer?

I'm interested in volunteering. What voluntary positions are available and who is eligible to volunteer?

Who can I contact if I still have questions?