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 2015–2016 season celebrates our eleven-year partnership.

The Finger Lakes region is home to over 150+ 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 eight regional qualifying tournaments, which send high performing teams to advance to the championship tournament at the University of Rochester.

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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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About FLL & Jr.FLL

What is FIRST LEGO League?

FIRST LEGO League (FLL)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. Learn more.




What is FIRST LEGO League Jr?

Junior FIRST LEGO League (Jr.FLL)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. Learn more.

FLL Challenge

2016–2017 FLL Challenge & Resources

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2017–2018 FLL Challenge theme


DEC Water Regulation Kick-off Presentation

Jr.FLL Challenge

2016–2017 Jr.FLL Challenge

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2017–2018 Jr.FLL Challenge theme

Regional Events & Registration

A two-step registration process ensures your team participates in the Finger Lakes Regional events. Registration not required for the Regional Kick-Off event.

  1. Register your team with FIRST 

  2. 2017 FLL team registration guide –Registration begins September 10, 2017 and will close on October 10 at 5 pm


2017 Regional Events

September 10

  • FLL & Jr.FLL Regional Kick-Off Event | The University of Rochester (River Campus), Rochester,


November 4

  • Churchville-Chili Qualifying Tournament | Churchville-Chili Middle School, Churchville, NY (Max # of teams: 16)
  • Penfield Qualifiying Tournament | Penfield High School, Penfield, NY (Max # of teams: 20)
  • Buffalo Qualifying Tournament | Nichols School, Buffalo, NY (Max # of teams: 15)


November 11

  • Twin Tiers Qualifying Tournament | Corning Community College, Corning, NY (Max # of teams: 18)
  • Cayuga-Onondaga Qualifying Tournament | Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES, Auburn, NY (Max # of teams: 16)


November 18

  • McQuaid Jesuit Qualifying Tournament | McQuaid Jesuit High School, Rochester, NY (Max # of teams: 24)
  • Southern Tier Regional Qualifying Tournament | Houghton College, Houghton, NY (Max # of Teams: 20)
  • Webster Qualifying Tournament | Spry Middle School, Webster, NY (Max # of teams: 20)


November 19

  • Palmyra-Macedon Qualifying Tournament | Pal-Mac High School, Palmyra, NY, (Max # of Teams: 20)
  • Rochester Qualifying Tournament | East High School, Rochester, NY, (Max # of Teams: 16)


December 10 

FLFLL Regional Championship and FLL Jr. Expo | University of Rochester, Goergen Fieldhouse, Rochester, NY (Must be selected to advance to this event)

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. Start an FLL Team!

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. Start a Jr.FLL Team! 

Register your Jr.FLL Event

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

Coaches' Resources

Below are several helpful links for FLL and Jr. FLL Coaches:


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