All questions and answers

General

Can I participate in another country?
10.07.2020 - 10:10 Uhr

Can I participate in a regional tournament in another country?

Teams can register and participate in a regional tournament in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, regardless of which country they come from. However, further qualification is only possible for teams from the respective country of the regional tournament.
 
Is the new LEGO Mindstorms Robot Inventor allowed?
18.06.2020 - 09:50 Uhr

Is the new LEGO Mindstorms Robot Inventor allowed?

Yes, you may use the LEGO Mindstorms Robot Inventor in FIRST LEGO League Challenge.

Important Information: EV3 on MacOS
20.04.2020 - 10:46 Uhr

Important Information: EV3 on Mac Operating Systems (MacOS)

Dear Teams and Partners,

LEGO Education has an important announcement for FIRST LEGO League teams working on Mac Operating Systems (macOS). Please read the message below carefully and share with your teams where necessary.

The current version of the EV3 Lab software is not compatible with the upcoming update to macOS, called Catalina. We are therefore introducing a brand-new EV3 app in November 2019, called LEGO MINDSTORMS Education EV3 Classroom. Based on the SPIKE app, EV3 Classroom will feature a coding language based on Scratch that we are confident will unleash the full potential of EV3 in the FIRST LEGO League program. The first release of EV3 Classroom will be in US English, followed by the other 15 EV3 languages in spring 2020.

To continue to enjoy an uninterrupted EV3 experience and to avoid losing your programs, we strongly recommend that you do not update to Catalina until the end of the FIRST LEGO League season in July 2020. If you have already updated to the new OS, please contact T​​echnical Consumer Service at education.LEGO.com/en-us/support to discuss how we can help you during this transition period.

For further questions and support, we encourage you to reach out to Technical Consumer Service using the link above.

Do we really have to read the FAQs?
20.04.2020 - 10:46 Uhr

Do we really have to read the FAQs?

Yes, it is very important to have the FAQs always in view. Changes or additions to the rules may be published during the season up to the day before your regional competition.

Engineering notebook at the regional tournament?
20.04.2020 - 10:46 Uhr

Do I have to bring my engineering notebook to the regional competition?

It is not compulsory to bring your engineer's notebook to the regional competition. However, it may be useful to be able to document your work to the judges.

So: You can, but you don't have to bring the engineering notebook to the regional competition.

Can a team be disqualified?
20.04.2020 - 10:46 Uhr

Can a team be disqualified?

If a team does not exhibit Core Values at a FIRST LEGO League tournament, they may be disqualified from winning any awards – including Robot Game, no matter how well they scored.

Adults are strictly prohibited from directing team members or interfering with the judging process or robot rounds in any way.

Do coaches need to know how to program a robot?
20.04.2020 - 10:46 Uhr

As the coach, do I have to know how to program the LEGO robots myself?

No. It’s not difficult to pick up the basics of the MINDSTORMS software, and it’s up to the team members to find the information they need to complete the challenges.

The latest version of the LEGO Mindstorms software has a Getting Started section with very useful lessons.

Download the latest version of the software.

Newcomer team - can we pull out?
20.04.2020 - 10:46 Uhr

My team are new and don’t think they’ll be ready to compete at the tournament. Can we pull out?

As long as your team have made an effort at tackling the project and robot game in the spirit of the Core Values, they will learn a lot from attending the tournament and will enjoy the day. The aim of the tournament is to celebrate the work that the students have done. All tournament staff will be working hard to make sure that there is a positive, encouraging atmosphere, so whether the team win an award or not they should come away feeling good about their work. If they’ve enjoyed working on the challenges and have fun at the tournament then you will have completed a successful first year in FIRST LEGO League, and should be well placed to go again next season!

FLL awards
20.04.2020 - 10:46 Uhr

FLL awards

An award in a FLL tournament can only be won by teams that have participated in all 4 evaluations (Research, Robot Design, Teamwork and Robot Game). Qualification for a further tournament is also only possible for these teams.

Missing parts
20.04.2020 - 10:46 Uhr

What if parts of the challenge set are missing?

You can reorder any missing parts or entire packages that are missing for free from LEGO.

If you followed this link, click on “Missing Bricks” and then give the set number. The 5-digit set number can be found in the top left of the package sticker on your challenge set.

You can also easily order missing bags from the LEGO customer service at the following free telephone number:

00800 5346 5555

LEGO Customer Service staff speak several languages.

Qualification Robot Game
20.04.2020 - 10:46 Uhr

At the regional tournament, which team will qualify in the Robot Game after the 3 preliminary rounds, when 2 teams have the same score in their best match?

If 2 teams have the same score in their best match in the Robot Game after the 3 preliminary rounds, the scores of the second best preliminary or – if there is also the same number of points – the third best preliminary round of both teams will be compared. The team with the higher score qualifies.

If 2 teams always score the same number of points in the 3 preliminary rounds, a play-off will be run (1 match).

Language at the regional tournament
20.04.2020 - 10:46 Uhr

Does the presentation of the research project have to be presented in the respective local language?

The language at the regional tournament is based upon the respective local language (at a regional tournament in Germany, the language is German, at a regional tournament in Poland, the language is Polish). The background is that the parameters should be the same for all participants.

This applies for all evaluations, presentations, interviews with the judges and for the presentation of the regional tournament.

Robots built with construction manual
20.04.2020 - 10:46 Uhr

What happens with robots which are built with the aid of a construction manual?

Teams who build a robot with the aid of a construction manual must expect the robot not to be rated as the team’s own creative achievement in the category robot design.

At this point, it should also be noted that the circulating construction manuals often refer only to basic robots that meet the specific requirements of the actual season only inadequate.

So: no plagiarisms! Because what counts in the category robot design is the team’s creative achievement at programming and design!

Evaluation sheets
27.07.2020 - 09:44 Uhr

Where can I find the evaluation sheets?

To get an impression of what to expect in the judging sessions, you can have a look at the rating sheets of the past season here.

Variations of the FLL Tournament Tables
20.04.2020 - 10:46 Uhr

Are the FLL tables identical at all tournaments?

Please consider while constructing and programming that there can be variations between different tournaments depending on local conditions. The variations might occure in differenciations in the character of the field borders, lightning conditions, structure/irregularties of the field mat. At many tournaments there is no opportunity to roll out the mats early enough so that they might be a little bit wavy. Place and severity of waves can vary.

Hint: There are two important construction techniques to minimize differences in illumination:

1. Avoid control systems containing something that might rub on the mat.
2. Hide light sensors from ambient light.

Questions according the local conditions at regional tournaments can be posed directly to the local organiser. Please find there contact dates on the regional websites.

Research

Missing target of research project
20.04.2020 - 10:48 Uhr

Are there any consequenses if a team does not prepare a research project? What will happen when a team misses the target of the research project?

A FLL team should take part in all categories of evaluation. When a team doesn't have a research project (or doesn't take part in another category of evaluation) it could not become a FLL Champion and will not be evaluated. in the particular category. All teams should act as the core values told them.

If a team fails the research project it still could be evaluated by the judges for presentation but not for “research” and not for “innovative solution”.

Obligation to publish
20.04.2020 - 10:48 Uhr

Are we obliged to publish the results ahead of our presentation on the tournament day?

Each team is obliged to publish the results ahead of the tournament. This can happen in several ways: presentation in front of parents, students, teachers or the interviewed experts, write an article or make a website or blog etc. The team should show the form of publishing within their presentation e.g. by a photo.

Analyse problem and present results
20.04.2020 - 10:48 Uhr

What includes the presentation?

Each team should show on which way they found the specific problem. Show how you researched and came to a soulution for the problem you chose. It is not enough to present only the result.

Sources
20.04.2020 - 10:48 Uhr

Shall we name our sources? Do the sources have to be part of the presentation or is it sufficient to show them at the end of the presentation?

Yes, a good presentation shows at the latest at the end all the sources the team had worked with during their research project. The sources should also be part of the 5 minutes presentation. 

Material for judges
20.04.2020 - 10:48 Uhr

Do we have to prepare some written material or our presentation in written form for the judges?

No, you don´t have to produce a written material for the judges. Important is the presentation and its content you perform for the judges.

The technical approach of the research project
20.04.2020 - 10:48 Uhr

Does the research project has to have a technical approach?

No, the research project does not have to contain a technical approach.

Duration of research presentation
20.04.2020 - 10:48 Uhr

How much time do we have for the presentation of our research results at a FLL Tournament?

At a FLL Tournament you have 5 minutes time (actual presentation time, not set up time) to present your results to the jury. The manner of presentation is up to you – you can create a role play, use Powerpoint and so on. Give your presentation live – you may use media equipment (if available) but only to enhance the live presentation.

Topic
20.04.2020 - 10:48 Uhr

Can we pick us any topic we like?

No, the topics are limited to the topics listed in the research project documents.

Rules

SD Memory Card & Firmware change allowed
20.04.2020 - 10:50 Uhr

Are we allowed to use an SD Memory Card for the EV3 and are we allowed to play another Firmware onto the EV3 to use other programming environments?

Yes, you are allowed to use a SD Memory Card in your EV3 and yes, you can play another firmware onto the EV3.

Pneumatics allowed?
20.04.2020 - 10:50 Uhr

Is pneumatics allowed with FLL?

Yes – please note the page “Design, progem and build your robot” in the Engineering Notebook.

Use of LEGO DUPLO
20.04.2020 - 10:52 Uhr

Is it allowed to use LEGO DUPLO?

Yes, it’s allowed to use LEGO DUPL at FLL as equipment. See the page “Design, progem and build your robot” in the Engineering Notebook.

Rules readable
20.04.2020 - 10:50 Uhr

What are the rules for FLL and where can we find them?

With the challenge release at the beginning of August there will be all FLL Rules available online

THE TEAMS, READING EVERYTHING have fewer questions, have less work, have fewer surprises at the tournament, score higher and have more fun.

Playing Field & Missions

Use health units (light and dark blue, purple, red, yellow)
31.08.2020 - 22:30 Uhr

What is the purpose of the light blue, dark blue, purple, red and yellow health units and the 2x2 RePLAY tiles?

The colored health units have no meaning and in combination with the RePlay tiles they are meant as collectibles.

 
Defective 3M Dual Lock (Reclosable Fasteners)
09.09.2020 - 12:12 Uhr

Information: Defective 3M Dual Lock (Reclosable Fasteners)

FIRST® and LEGO® have informed us that some of the 3M™ Dual Lock™ Reclosable Fasteners supplied with the Challenge Set may be defective due to a manufacturing defect. The damaged material may not attach the models as securely to the mat as intended, which may cause problems during field set-up or the Robot Game itself.  

Each team that has already received their Challenge set und each new team will get replacements via mail automatically.

Robot Game Rules: Correction p. 5 Field Setup
05.08.2020 - 16:34 Uhr

Robot Game Rules, p. 5: Correction to the field setup

In the Robot Game rules, p. 5 below, it says “Health unit pull-up bar west” – “west” is wrong.

It should say “east.” If you stick to the markings on the mat, everything is correct!

Border walls
05.08.2020 - 16:32 Uhr

16.09.2016

What are the dimensions of the border walls from a Playing Table used during a FLL tournament?

The measurements are published on our website under www.first-lego-league.org/en/general/participation.html#4. There you'll find assembly instructions for new tables with border dimensions of 8 cm high and 4 cm wide. The border dimensions of 10 cm high and 5 cm wide are the measurements of the "old tables".
 
Please note: Some tournaments use new and some use old tables. Please contact the FLL Regional Partner of your chosen tournament to request the measurements of their tables.