Getting Started

Important Dates

August – National kickoff

November 5 – Wisconsin regional tournaments begin

February 2017 -Wisconsin State Championship

April 26-29, 2017 – World Festival St. Louis

For an explanation of events such as regionals, see Events: Overview and Types from FIRST

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

The online resource FIRST TeamUp! will show you teams and individuals in your area.



  • 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.
  • Every year approximately 30% of our participants are new to the program, you are not alone!
  • Training materials are available on
  • Your Coaches Manual is an essential resource; this will be shipped to you after you register with FIRST, along with the Research DVD.
  • Look for books, videos and other how-to resources on the web, library, you Tube, and the new Wisconsin FLL forums.