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 fllteams@wi-first.org

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

 

FINANCING OPTIONS

  • 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 www.firstinspires.org.
  • 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.