Important Dates – [wbcr_php_snippet id=”1879″] Season
August – National kickoff
November – Wisconsin regional tournaments begin
December – Wisconsin sectional tournaments begin
February – Wisconsin State Championship
April – World Festival St. Louis
For an explanation of events such as regionals, see Events: Overview and Types from WI FLL
1. Starting a team
FIRST® LEGO® League is a program for students in grades 4-8 (ages 9-14). Teams are typically formed on their own – by kids, teachers, parents, and mentors. There is no league draft, required school affiliation, or league mandated practice schedule.
See: Official FIRST LEGO League Team Resources Page: Includes the first three chapters of the coaches’ handbook, table building instructions, FLL overview, and more.
If you’re trying to get involved but don’t know where to begin, email firstname.lastname@example.org
In order to find local events, please refer to our Calendar.
Here’s a breakdown of the costs to start up a team.
- School, District, or PTA/PTO pays all or a portion.
- Donations/Sponsorship/Grants from parents’ workplace or local businesses.
- Team members split costs equally, as a participation fee.
First Year Coaching support for you and your team
- Kids do the work and teams are student lead, however, you will need to provide guidance. Team members may need to learn basic skills; such as programming, robot building techniques, the research process, brainstorming, and presentation skills.
- Coach calls are available almost every week starting in August. These are a great place for coaches to ask question about anything related to FLL. Check the Calendar for dates and times.
- Every year approximately 30% of our participants are new to the program, you are not alone!
- Training materials are available on the FIRST website.
- Your Coaches’ Handbook is an essential resource.
- Look for books, videos and other how-to resources on the web, library, or YouTube.