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FIRST LEGO League

The University of Rochester is a proud partner with FIRST® as a scholarship provider to high school seniors. Additionally, the University is an operational partner for the NY Finger Lakes region FIRST® LEGO® League and Junior FIRST® LEGO® League programs. This 2019–2020 season celebrates our twenty-year partnership.

The Finger Lakes region is home to over 180+ FLL and 20+ Jr.FLL teams and is growing each year. In 2004, our first year of operation, we had less than twenty teams with one tournament held in the region. Today, we have ten regional qualifying tournaments, which send high performing teams to advance to the championship tournament at the University of Rochester.

Announcements:

We are pleased to announce this year’s Kick-off Event, Regional Qualifying Tournaments, and Championship Tournament dates and locations for the Finger Lakes Region. Registration for teams will become available shortly after this season’s kick-off event. Team registration will run through Eventbrite this year, the registration will be $150 per team (+fee if paying by credit card), and further information will be sent out directly to coaches.

2019-2020 Season Kick-off Event

September 7, 2019
Flaum Atrium, Goergen Hall
480 Intercampus Drive
Rochester, NY 14630 USA

PENFIELD FLL QUALIFIING TOURNAMENT

November 9, 2019
Penfield High School
25 High School Drive
Penfield, NY 14526 USA

CAYUGA-ONONDAGA QUALIFIER

November 16, 2019
Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES
1879 West Genesee Rd
Auburn, NY 13021 USA

ROCHESTER QUALIFYING EVENT

November 16, 2019
Franklin High School
950 Norton Street
Rochester, NY 14621 USA

SOUTHERN TIER REGIONAL QUALIFYING TOURNAMENT (open only to teams from this district)

November 16, 2019
Houghton College
1 Willard Drive
Houghton, NY 14744 USA

WEBSTER QUALIFYING EVENT

November 16, 2019
Webster Spry Middle School
119 South Ave
Webster, NY 14580 USA

BUFFALO QUALIFYING TOURNAMENT

November 23, 2019
Nichols School
1250 Amherst St.
Buffalo, NY 14216 USA

MCQUAID JESUIT QUALIFYING TOURNAMENT

November 23, 2019
McQuaid Jesuit High School
1800 S. Clinton Avenue S.
Rochester, NY 14618 USA

PALMYRA-MACEDON QUALIFYING TOURNAMENT

November 23, 2019
Pal-Mac High School
151 Hyde Pkwy
Palmyra, NY 14522 USA

SPENCERPORT QUALIFYING EVENT

November 23, 2019
Cosgrove Middle School
2749 Spencerport Road
Spencerport, NY 14559 USA

FINGER LAKES FLL CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT & JR.FLL EXPO (this is an invitation-only event)

December 8, 2019
University of Rochester
Goergen Athletic Center
Rochester, NY 14627 USA

 

Sponsors:

Support for the FIRST® LEGO® League & Jr. FIRST® LEGO® League Programs is made possible by the University of Rochester and many others sponsors here locally. Our top level sponsors include:

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XEROX

About FLL & Jr. FLL

What is FIRST LEGO League?

The best way to summarize FIRST LEGO League is to say that it is a robotics program for nine- to sixteen-year-olds (nine to fourteen in US/CAN/MEX), designed to get children excited about science and technology and teach them valuable employment and life skills. FLL can be used in a classroom setting but is not solely designed for this purpose. Teams composed of up to ten children with at least one adult coach can also be associated with a pre-existing club or organization, a home school environment, or just be a group of friends who wish to do something awesome.

In FLL, the children do the work! And the work is programming an autonomous robot (using the LEGO® MINDSTORMS® robot set) to score points on a thematic playing surface, creating an innovative solution to a problem as part of their project, all while being guided by the FLL Core Values. These three elements—the Robot Game, Project, and FLL Core Values—make up what we call our yearly Challenge. Like any other organized “sport,” teams also fund-raise, create a team identity, and go on field trips. To see some of our teams in action, visit our YouTube, or read about their experiences on our blog.

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What is FIRST LEGO League Jr?

Focused on building an interest in science and engineering in children ages six through nine, Junior FIRST LEGO® League (Jr.FLL) is a hands-on program designed to capture young children’s curiosity and direct it toward discovering how science and technology impact the world around them. This program features a real-world challenge to be explored through research, critical thinking, and imagination. Guided by adult coaches and the Jr.FLL Core Values, team members work with LEGO elements and motorized parts to build ideas and concepts and present them for review.

Each yearly Challenge is based on a different theme and has two main parts, the LEGO Model and the Show Me Poster.

Junior First LEGO League

FLL Challenge

2019–2020 FLL Challenge & Resources

CITY SHAPERSM

Resources

Coming Soon

Jr. FLL Challenge

2019–2020 Jr. FLL Challenge

BOOMTOWN BUILDSM

How to Start a Team

FIRST® LEGO® League and its partners do not start teams themselves; rather, teams start on their own, through schools, clubs, community organizations, neighborhoods, or a willing parent with room to spare!

Due to privacy laws, we cannot provide existing team information. FIRST does not guarantee that users will find a team through the FIRST TeamUp System. TeamUp is a community-driven system, and information provided is based on information voluntarily entered by other users. Think of it as a database of users looking to connect to form new teams. If you would like to connect with others interested in FLL or Jr.FLL, please create an account for FIRST TeamUp.

 

Starting an FLL Team in 6 steps:

FIRST has provided step-by-step guidelines to starting a team and explains things like costs, organization, equipment needed, commitments, etc., and above all, how to have fun during this process. You do not need to have an engineering background or have any technical skills.

 

Starting a Jr.FLL Team in 5 steps:

Anyone can start a Jr.FLL team. All the materials needed to run a team are provided. All it takes is the willingness to help the team and a couple of hours out of your week. You do not need an engineering background or have any technical skills

Due to privacy laws, we cannot provide existing team information. FIRST does not guarantee that users will find a team through the FIRST TeamUp System. TeamUp is a community-driven system, and information provided is based on information voluntarily entered by other users. Think of it as a database of users looking to connect to form new teams. If you would like to connect with others interested in FLL or Jr.FLL, please create an account for FIRST TeamUp.

 

Register your Jr.FLL Event
Look up existing Jr.FLL events in the Finger Lakes region

2017 Finger Lakes Regional Championship

View Qualifying Teams

2015 Finger Lakes Regional Championship

View Championship Awards

2014 Finger Lakes Regional Championship

View Championship Awards

2014 Finger Lakes Regional Championship

View Robot Game Scores