Development

Facts and figures

Development in Central Europe

Since 2001 our association HANDS on TECHNOLOGY e.V. has been organising the FIRST LEGO League Challenge (formerly FIRST LEGO League). We started with a pilot tournament in Germany with 16 teams. Over the years we have also established FIRST LEGO League Challenge in Austria, Switzerland, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia. With the help of our tournament partners and our volunteers, we offer regional Challenge tournaments to the teams every year - and our network of locations is constantly expanding.

Year Teams Regions/Countries Participants in total Girls (share) Boys (share)
2019 1.105 81 (A, CH, CZ, D, H, PL, SK) 7.708 19 % 81 %
2018 1.096 77 (A, CH, CZ, D, H, PL, SK) 7.614 18 % 82 %
2017 1.022 72 (A, CH, CZ, D, H, PL, SK) 7.038 17 % 83 %
2016 955 67 (A, CH, CZ, D, H, PL, SK) 6.585 16 % 84 %
2015 884 63 (A, CH, CZ, D, H, PL, SK) 6.334 16 % 84 %
2014 835 57 (A, CH, CZ, D, H, PL, SK) 5.937 17 % 83 %
2013 811 57 (A, BG, CH, CZ, D, H PL, SK) 6.112 20 % 80 %
2012 846 54 (A, BG, CH, CZ, D, H PL, SK) 5.578 21 % 79 %
2011 813 55 (A, BG, CH, CZ, D, H PL, SK) 5.979 19 % 81 %
2010 740 52 (A, CH, CZ, D, H, PL, SK) 5.380 17 % 83 %
2009 668 42 (A, CH, CZ, D, H, PL, SK) 4.858 18 % 82 %
2008 614 42 (A, CH, CZ, D, H, PL, SK) 4.490 22 % 78 %
2007 460 32 (A, CH, CZ, D, H, PL) 3.220 20 % 80 %
2006 359 26 (A, CH, CZ, D, H) 2.658 20 % 80 %
2005 281 21 (A, CH, D, H) 2.127 19 % 81 %
2004 171 12 (A, CH, D) 1.259 19 % 81 %
2003 104 8 (A, D) 588 12 % 88 %
2002 39 6 (D) 278 15 % 85 %
2001 16 pilot tournament (D) 78 35 % 65 %

Global Development

The FIRST LEGO League Challenge (formerly FIRST LEGO League) program was created in 1998 as a result of a collaboration between LEGO® Company and the FIRST® Foundation (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) in the USA.

The founder of FIRST, Dean Kamen, initiated the first tournaments in the USA. He summed up the idea behind the creation of FIRST LEGO League as follows: "We have to show children that it can be more fun to create and construct a video game or robot than to play with it".

In the course of more than 20 years, the program has established itself in over 100 countries. Our non-profit association HANDS on TECHNOLOGY e.V. is one of the many partners in the global FIRST LEGO League Challenge community.