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All the latest news on the FIRST LEGO League Challenge

The wait is finally over for the teams: At 6 p.m. sharp we published the new missions for FIRST LEGO League Explore and Challenge!

Together with FIRST, LEGO and our Regional Partners we are currently working on alternatives for events that will not be able to take place because of local restrictions.

Over the course of the season there will always be updates posted in our FAQs, in which we answer questions or pass on changes in the rules from FIRST and LEGO.

Once again this season we offer opportunities for teams that need some financial support to take part in FIRST LEGO League Explore and Challenge.

Virtual, hybride and on-site events: we are currently working on solutions for every situation that could potentially arise from restrictions due to the pandemic.

Best practices, questions and answers, sharing and networking: In addition to the regional partners, this year coaches of the 2020/21 season, volunteers, alumni and other friends of FIRST LEGO League are invited to our FIRST LEGO League Meetup 2020 on September 17 and 18.

Starting this season, two new LEGO robot sets are allowed in addition to the previous systems: SPIKE Prime and LEGO Mindstorms Robot Inventor.

For us, the reduction of the value added tax as of July 1 is a complex situation. After many discussions, we have decided to keep our communicated prices. In our detailed statement you will find the reasons.

Explore and develop together: In FIRST LEGO League, children and young adults find perfect challenges, exciting missions and relevant topics for every age. This is now reflected in the new names and logos.

Everyone's health is our top priority, which is why we are currently working on virtual solutions together with our great community and our regional partners.

With the 2020/21 FIRST LEGO League season, the association HANDS on TECHNOLOGY will focus on Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

The FIRST LEGO League Final Central Europe was cancelled as a precaution regarding the Covis-19 virus. This was detemined together by the organisers HANDS on TECHNOLOGY e.V. and the Hochschule Offenburg on Friday, February, 29 2020.

All 78 FIRST LEGO League regional tournaments, two of the eight Semi Finals and a large part of the 42 FIRST LEGO League Junior exhibitions have successfully taken place and the first finalists for the FIRST LEGO League Final Central Europe are set!

Our mission is the promotion of young talent in the MINT sector. Our various educational programs inspire children and youth at an early age for science and technology. Unfortunately, in a few regions in Germany, Switzerland and Austria, programs are not yet offered, so we are looking for partners for the new season.

 "12 Golden Rules for Coaches", the basics of FIRST LEGO League and important tips and tricks for a successful season are offered by the FIRST LEGO League Jumpstart Workshops of the NanoGiants Academy e.V.

Teams that have received a good rating from the research jury at Semi Finals can submit their project for the FIRST LEGO League Global Innovation Award.

After the last season we asked the coaches how they assess the impact of FIRST LEGO League on children and young people and how we can further improve our programs.

The FIRST® LEGO® League regional competitions in Central Europe run until mid-January 2020 and the FIRST® LEGO® League Junior exhibitions until late March – find all dates as download here.  
The evaluations of the individual FIRST® LEGO® League competitions are linked under “Results” on

The best teams of the FIRST® LEGO® League regional competitions qualify for one of the eight semi-finals. From the semi-finals a total of 27 teams qualify for the final FLL Final Central Europe on March 6th–7th, 2020 at the University of Applied Sciences Offenburg

From the FIRST® LEGO® League Final Central Europe the teams can get the qualification for several international competitions as the icing on their cake for the season.

After the competition there is a long break for many FIRST® LEGO® League teams until it’s “3-2-1 LEGO!" time again. To bridge the time until the next season starts in August 2020, there is now the Off-Season Challenge.

We want to know from the teams that have participated in a competition in the CITY SHAPERSM season what effect the individual competition areas have had on the participants. We have developed a small impact survey for this purpose.

Together with our partner, the non-profit Nano Giants Academy we offer “Jumpstart Workshops” for new FIRST® LEGO® League Coaches in late winter and spring 2020r! All program aspects will be addressed, that the participating coaches need, to set a solid foundation for long-term success of their teams in the first season.

Supporting our mission the promotion of young talent with a small contribution is quite simple! You can make our daily work for education and the promotion of young talent easier in many ways

FIRST® LEGO® League Teams have registered in 77 competitions until mid October - more than ever before! Now they are busy programming and researching until they present their results on the topic CITY SHAPERSM at regional competitions! The first teams will start on Nov 16th, 2019 and the last regional competitions will

To ensure that everyone is at the same status on the day of the competition, teams, organisers, referees and judges can inform about FIRST® LEGO® League rulings on the season-specific FAQ website. Until the final, we will collect and publish any updates or explanations on

On Oct 11th we offered the FIRST® LEGO® League referee training in Central Europe exclusively as livestream. The video is now available on our YouTube channel as support for referees, competition organizers and teams. Take a look and get an overview of the most important rules and special features of the CITY SHAPERSM Robot Game on

For each competition in Central Europe, the teams are evaluated in the individual evaluation categories by judges or referees in the Robot Game using the evaluation sheets. For the CITY SHAPERSM season we have updated these sheets and they are now available online. They can be found under the menu item "Evaluation" in the individual evaluation categories

For most teams, the FIRST® LEGO® League regional competition is the highlight of the season where they want to show their best performance. For some, it continues into the Semi Finals and a total of 27 out of 1100 teams goes into the final final of the CITY SHAPERSM season. We are looking forward to organizing a great event with our partner, the Hochschule Offenburg, on Mar 6th and 7th, 2020, which will bring together the best teams

FIRST® LEGO® League CITY SHAPERSM season – at the moment there are 964 teams subscribed. 23 of 81 regions are full, but in all other regions teams may register for the next 3 weeks, as long as slots are available. For the 35 FIRST® LEGO® League Junior exhibitions there are 172 teams registered so far. An overview of available slots

FIRST® LEGO® League has grown over the years since we have started the program in Central Europe in the year 2001 and in the meantime we count over 80 institutions from education, science and economy. We are proud of this strong partner base and regularly honour long-term partners. In 2019 we could honour 18 regional partners

All team coaches have to complete their team´s member data until Oct 20th 2019 in the FLL Coach Login. We gather names, birth dates and

FIRST® LEGO® League Referee Live Training will take place on Oct 11th 2019 on the e-learning platform ILIAS. To prepare the referees for the CITY SHAPERSM season we once again provide this 1 hour video training and

In the welcome address to FIRST® LEGO® League the German Secretary of Education emphasizes the importance of STEM for today´s society! A participation in our programs FIRST® LEGO® League and RoboCup Junior is part of the certification criteria

Together with our partner non-profit Nano Giants Academy we offer “Jumpstart Workshops” for new FIRST® LEGO® League Coaches in September! All program aspects will be facilitated – so the participating coaches may set a solid foundation for longterm success of their teams in the first season. There are still places available for the events in Darmstadt (7.9.) and Leipzig (21.9.). You may subscribe online.

In order to have the same information base on the tournament day everybody (teams, organizers, referees) may inform on one central FAQ web page. Until the FLL Final we will collect and publish all updates and explanations about Robot Game, Research Project and FLL in general there. Please check regularly what is new and important! If you have questions yourselves please contact us via e-mail info@hands-on-technology.org or through our Facebook Page.

For FIRST® LEGO® League there have been profound changes compared to former seasons: we will regularly make you aware about the most important ones under the Hashtag #NEUbeiFLL on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Topics will be e.g. the new manuals, the software, new rules etc. Stop by!

With the beginning of the new school year you may find videos giving a deeper insight in the new program topics on our YouTube Channel. During FIRST® LEGO® League CITY SHAPERSM www.youtube.com/watch?v=WU0-rqPwXOM and FIRST® LEGO® League Junior BOOMTOWN BUILDSM www.youtube.com/watch?v=uyB5V2J-tl you may explore the design of the buildings of the future and how to shape a better future together.

With the help of supporters we are able to offer scholarships for our educational programs. There are still 3 FLL scholarships available from RS Components. And some partnerships between existing and new FIRST® LEGO® League and FIRST® LEGO® League Junior teams which we call “Bring a Friend”. This program is supported by SAGE Foundation.

Since April there 810 teams have registered for the FIRST® LEGO® League Season CITY SHAPERSM. 10 of 83 regions are already completed, in all others subscriptions are open until Oct 13th 2019 the latest or as long there are places available: www.first-lego-league.org/en/season/tournaments.html. For the 35 FIRST® LEGO® League Junior exhibitions there are 114 teams registered until now.

In Sidney (Australia) team SAP Rocket from Dresden was able to gain the Champion´s Award at FIRST® LEGO® League Asia Pacific Invitational Championship. They out on top through a field of 48 teams from 45 countries

The #CSGuesstheMissions contest is open until July 30. FIRST® LEGO® League Teams are called to submit a 30-seconds or less video guessing one of the CITY SHAPERSM missions

The educational programFIRST® LEGO® League is very often an afterschool activity. We would like to get the project into the classroom and have raised funds from the State Saxony

With the help of supporters we are able to offer scholarships for our educational programs. 

Since April there 630 teams have registered for the FIRST® LEGO® League Season CITY SHAPERSM. 9 of 83 regions are already completed, in all others subscriptions are open until Oct 13th 2019 the latest or as long there are places available.

In about one week it is going to start again! On Aug 1st 6 p.m. the missions and building instructions will be released for the CITY SHAPERSM and BOOMTOWN BUILDSM Season. The most important information will be available on our websites for FIRST® LEGO® League and FIRST® LEGO® League Junior.

Until Oct 13th the subscription for our educational programs is open. There are 84 FIRST® LEGO® League Regional Tournaments in the season 2019/20 and therefore we have listed 458 teams. Six regions are already completed, in the others there are still places available

With the help of sponsors, we may support teams taking part in our educational programs with scholarships. This time RS Components is providing 10 Full Scholarships for the participation in FIRST® LEGO® League. Furthermore, the SAGE Foundation supports 2x10 partnerships

For (new) coaches there is a great opportunity which we would like to share. In copperation with our partner NanoGiants Acemdemy e.V. there will be FLL Jumpstart Workshops this summer. They deliver topics as process of the challenge, evaluation categories, LEGO MINDSTORMS Robots, Research Project, but also aspects like teamwork e.g. choosing the suitable team members, supporting team spirit and project management for kids. The following dates are available

The missions will be published on Aug 1st which includes the rules for the Robot Game and the other evaluation parts. Nevertheless, there are Questions & Answers that are valid all year long and come back all the times - that is why we have updated our Q&A area. It is worth a look also for experienced teams

From July 30th 2019 we will start sending out the challenge materials for CITY SHAPERSM and BOOMTOWN BUILDSM in Germany with the help of our logistical partner Christiani, in Austria with AustroTec and in Switzerland with Educatec! Further details about the shipping in other countries will be announced via email. After that we ship weekly

After the season is before!" That is why we have asked all FIRST® LEGO® League teams to shorten the time until next season starts with a video contest: the Offseason Challenge. 11 teams have entered contributions proven their know how, creativity and communication skills. The 3 winning teams have been chosen by the judges

Since April 8th, 2019 the subscription for the educational programs is open again. 258 Teams have already registered for the 84 FIRST® LEGO® League Regional Tournaments that will start into the season 2019/20. 3 Regions are completed already, teams may register in all others until Oct 13th

Although registration is open yet, the missions will not be published before Aug 1st, 2019. But we can at least name the topic: for FIRST® LEGO® League and FIRST® LEGO® League Junior teams the season 2019/20 is about buildin

End of April 5 Central European Teams attended World Festival in Detroit (USA) and received some compliments from the judges: TövisASAP reached the last round for the Champion´s Award and received a wonderful 2nd place award. GoRobot received 2nd place for their programming and became 3rd out of over 100 teams in Robot Game. The B.Robots received the Special Judges Award

In total we received eleven submissions from teams for the off-season challenge. At the moment the judges are checking all entries. Until end of May winners will be determined and informed and from early June we will share videos on our YouTube Channel!

The slovak Team Talentum received a qualification for FIRST® LEGO® League Global Innovation Award Semi Final! Their research project is an innovation for cleaning clothes during space travel. We will keep our fingers crossed for their presentation at the Global Innovation Awards from Jun 30th to Jul 2nd, 2019 in San José (USA)!

On March 29th and 30th the big FIRST® LEGO® League Final Central Europe is taking place at Festival Hall Bregenz (AT). Preparations are running at top speed together with our partner HTL Bregenz. Everybody interested is welcome to join the international Final Central Europe and share the thrill with the teams!

In the season 2018/19 there were 40.000 Teams taking part in FIRST® LEGO® League tournaments all over the world, over 1000 of them in Central Europe. Some of the have the chance to join international Championships as their season peak.

After the competition there is a long break for many FIRST® LEGO® League teams until it’s “3-2-1 LEGO!" time again. So that the time until the next season start in August 2019 is not too long, there is now the Off-Season Challenge.

From April 8th the registration for both educational programms is opening again. First insights what teams have to expect and the season planning about the new season for FIRST® LEGO® League and FIRST® LEGO® League Junior in 2019/20 are online

All 79 FIRST LEGO League Regional Tournaments and most of the 34 FIRST LEGO League Junior Exhibitions have already been conducted successfully. Also, the first FLL Semi Finals have been run.

Our educational programs successfully promote youth in STEM in various regions in Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and Switzerland. Nevertheless there are regions where students do not have the chance to take part in our programs so far.

All FLL Teams from the INTO ORBITSM Season who have developed an innovate solution within the FLL Research Project and have received a good evaluation by judges may apply for the FLL Global Innovation Award. Please hand in a short in English and describe what makes your solution innovative

We have started an impact survey last December among german speaking coaches of our programs FIRST LEGO League and FIRST LEGO League Junior and have already received some exciting feedback. If you are German speaking coach and have not yet answered our 16 short questions please use the following links to our survey

One of our polish partners offers an opportunity for other FLL Teams in Central Europe (EU only) that we want to share. The Project "Robotics4teens" is supposed to take place between September 2019 and August 2020 and involves the cooperation between 3 schools from different EU countries. That includes, holding workshops, organising robotics competitions and encourage exchange between cultures. The aim of the project is to develop and improve key competences of the 21st century

The FIRST® LEGO® League regional competitions in Central Europe run until mid-January 2019 and FIRST® LEGO® League Junior exhibitions until late March – find all dates as download here. The evaluations of the individual FIRST® LEGO® League competitions are linked under “Results” on the individual regional websites.

The best teams of the FIRST® LEGO® League regional competitions qualify for one of the eight semi-finals. From the Semi Finals a total of 26 teams qualify for the final FLL Final Central Europe on March 29–30, 2019 in Bregenz (AT).

From the FIRST® LEGO® League Final Central Europe the teams can get the qualification for 4 ultimate international competitions as cream topping on the cake for their season. Up to 24 teams from FLL Central Europe can qualify for 4 competitions in spring and summer 2019.

After the competition there is a long break for many FIRST® LEGO® League teams until it’s “3-2-1 LEGO!" time again. So that the time until the next season start in August 2019 is not too long, there is now the Off-Season Challenge.

Supporting the promotion of young talent with a small contribution is quite simple! As a supportive member in our friends’ association HANDS on e. V. you become a passive member and can support the purpose of the association by your membership fee.

Until Oct 21st 1093 FLL teams have registered in 78 Central European tournaments. That is a new peak! Now the teams are working hard on their robots and research projects!  The first tournament is taking place on Nov 14th and the last regional tournament takes place on Jan 19th 2019.

In order to have the same information base on the tournament day everybody (teams, organizers, referees) may inform on one central FAQ webpage.

On Oct 26th we have exclusively offered the FLL Referee Training for Central European Referees. The video is now available on our YouTube Channel as both a support for referees, organizers and teams. Take a look into it an get an overview about the most important rules and specialties of the INTO ORBIT Robot Game.

For most of the teams the FLL Regional is the highlight of the FLL Season, where they want to present their best performance. Some of them proceed to the Semi Finals and only 27 of over 1000 teams may reach the FLL Final as the closing of the INTO ORBITSM Season. We are looking forward to organize a great sesaon closing event on Mar 29th and 30th 2019 together with our partner HTL Bregenz (AT) at Festival Hall Bregen, where the best teams from Central Europe come together.

Since April, 978 teams have registered for the current FIRST® LEGO® League Season INTO ORBITSM. 25 of 79 regions are fully occupied so far. The registration will be open until Oct 21st, 2018. For the FIRST® LEGO® League Junior Season MISSION MOONSM, 132 teams have registered.

The FLL Seasonal topic is about living and travelling in space and challenges teams to find solutions for astronauts. Your team does not have a clear direction for its FLL Research Project?

All team coaches have to complete their team´s member data until Oct 26th 2018 in the FLL Coach Login.

The yearly FLL Referee Training will take place on Oct 26th 2018  on a new E-Learning platform called ILIAS.

You would like to be part of our educational programs FIRST® LEGO® League and FIRST® LEGO® League Junior and hence to support the promotion of young talents? You have a technical, educational or IT background?

Who is working behind the scenes of HANDS on TECHNOLOGY and what ist he idea of the non profit? 

Since April, 760 teams have registered for the current FIRST® LEGO® League Season INTO ORBITSM.

FIRST® LEGO® League is more than robots! Teams are competing in four different categories. Learn from experts about the most important things of each category.

Alexander Gerst wishes all FLL and FLL Junior teams good luck! Matching this year´s topic he sends his greetings directly from the ISS which is in the earth´s orbit.

The American foundation and idea giver for the two educational programs FIRST® has updated the core values ​​for FIRST® LEGO® League and FIRST® LEGO® League Junior.

Since April, 683 teams have registered for the current FIRST® LEGO® League Season INTO ORBITSM.

Since July 24, 2018, the FLL Challenge Sets INTO ORBITSM as well as the FLL Junior Inspire Sets MISSION MOONSM are shipped.

August 1, 2018, 4 pm, the challenge materials will be published. Find the building instructions, the missions and ...

For the kick-off, the FLL website will appear in new colors and with a customized layout.

Since April, 503 FLL Teams have registered for the current FLL Season INTO ORBITSM. 7 regions are already booked-out. For the FLL Junior Season ...

We are delighted about 10 new FLL partner and 22 new FLL Junior partner in this season. We warmly welcome the FLL partners in ...

As in every FLL Season, we accompany FLL Teams and FLL partners with conference calls to different topics.

You want to use the time until the kick-off for practicing? We recommend our offer. The FLL Challenge Sets HYDRO DYNAMICSSM ...

The best teams from Central Europe successfully participated in the FLL World Festival in Detroit (USA), the FLL Open Invitational Central Europe ...

Since May 25, 2018, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into force. We adapted our Privacy Policy on our websites.

Since April, 218 FLL Teams have registered for the current FLL Season “INTO ORBITSM”. For the FLL Junior Season “MISSION MOONSM”, 17 teams are registered. (status: May 14th, 2018).

The FLL operational partner from Greece, eduACT, organises a 1-week robotics summer camp for children aged 6-16. Participants have the chance to share their FLL experiences and

The FIRST® LEGO® League Open Invitational Central Europe 2018 will be an unique experience and an extraordinary adventure for 68 outstanding FIRST® LEGO® League teams from 40 countries globally.

Since Monday, April 9th, the registration is open for the FIRST® LEGO® League Season INTO ORBITSM and the FIRST® LEGO® League Junior Season MISSION MOONSM.

From this season on, teams with only 2 members are allowed to participate in FLL. Furthermore there is a new regulation regarding the age limit.

For FIRST® LEGO® League Junior there is a new website. Find all information about the junior project as well as the registration to FLL Junior at: www.first-lego-league-junior.org/en.

Also in the FLL Season 2018/19, we would like to ask already existing coaches to bring new teams into the FLL program.

Great impressions and good memories of the FLL Final Central Europe in Aachen are captured in a photo gallery on Flickr and our website.

Out of the best teams of this year´s FLL CE Final, a total of 18 teams will participate in further tournaments in Detroit (USA), Debrecen (HU), and Tallinn (EST).

You can´t wait for the kick-off? Then, use the time to experiment with robots and get prepared for the research topic and the team activity.

Teams from Austria, the Czech Republic and Switzerland are wanted for the FIRST® Global Challenge (FGC).

The deadline for the FLL Global Innovation Award is coming closer. We want to remind all teams with an innovative HYDRO DYNAMICSSM research solution

There are great international events awaiting the FLL Junior Teams in the current AQUA ADVENTURESM Season 2017/18:

The first press release for the FIRST® LEGO® League Open Invitational Central Europe (#fllopen2018) is published.

70 FIRST LEGO League Tournaments and 11 FIRST LEGO League Junior Exhibitions have already been conducted successfully in this season.

Our educational programs successfully promote youth in STEM in various regions in Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and Switzerland.

We want to encourage all teams to publish their FLL Research Presentation in their own language. Because publishing the research results belongs to being a real researcher.

You are a FLL Team who has developed an innovate solution within the FLL Research Project? If yes, use it for applying for the FLL Global Innovation Award.

FLL Coaches have an important role in every FLL Season - they are the organizational head as well as the motivator of their teams!

Teams around the world are qualifying for a world wide open FLL Tournament. In the meanwhile the preparations for the FLL Open Invitational 2018 are in good progress.

For the FIRST LEGO League Season “HYDRO DYNAMICSSM” a total of 1022 teams have registered. For the FLL Junior Season “AQUA ADVENTURESM” ...

Last weekend, the FIRST® LEGO® League Regional Tournaments started in Nuremberg (D), Heidelberg (D) and Yverdon (CH).

The best teams of the FIRST® LEGO® League Regional Tournaments qualify for one of the seven Semi-Finals.

An overview of the achieved scores of all teams from Austria, the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and Switzerland in the Robot Game "HYDRO DYNAMICSSM" ...

208 days to go! HANDS on TECHNOLOGY e.V. together with National Instruments will host the world's open FLL Open Invitational 2018 in Debrecen, Hungary.

Since April, 993 FLL Teams have registered for the current FLL Season “HYDRO DYNAMICSSM”.

Several questions have reached us regarding the problem with M02 (Flow): the big water does not fall to the opposite playing field due to the border being too high.

In preparation for the first FLL Regional Tournaments which will start November 18th, we offer the following trainings for FLL Regional Partner, FLL Referees, and FLL Judges:

In order to carefully prepare our Regional Partners and their experts we conduct a conference call Oct 25th, 2 to 3 pm.

You have fun to be part of our educational programs FIRST® LEGO® League and FIRST® LEGO® League Junior and hence to support the promotion of young talents?

FLL Teams can buy a LEGO® Mindstorms Education set consisting of EV3 Set, EV3 Expansion Set and a charging cable at our partner Christiani.

Since April, 870 FLL Teams have registered for the current FLL Season “HYDRO DYNAMICSSM”.

October 20th, 2017 is the deadline for FLL Coaches to enter their team´s data completely in the FLL Coach Login.

September 14th and 15th, 2017, FLL Regional Partners from Austria, Czech, Germany, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, and Switzerland have met in Leipzig.

For all FLL Regional Partners and FLL Referees, training will be offered October 27th, 2017, from 4 pm to 5 pm.

Since May 2017, 7 FLL Alumni videos have been published (German only, English subtitles will follow).

Since April, 616 FLL Teams have registered for the current FLL Season “HYDRO DYNAMICSM”.

Starting August 22nd, the FLL Challenge Sets „HYDRO DYNAMICSSM“ as well as the FLL Junior Inspire Sets „AQUA ADVENTURESM“ will be shipped.

August 31st, 2017, 4–5 p.m., the FLL Conference Call „Introduction FLL Robot Game“ will be offered (German only).

At the FLL Regional Tournament Königswinter (DE), FLL Teams can use the coding platform Open Roberta within FLL for the first time.

The FLL Final Central Europe „HYDRO DYNAMICSSM“ takes place March 17th–18th, 2018 in Aachen (DE).

HANDS on TECHNOLOGY e.V. is delighted to announce that we will hold the world-wide FLL Open Invitational Central Europe together with National Instruments in Debrecen (HU).

Our partner SteamUp will run the event „FLL in 1 day“ as part of the Maker Faire Eindhoven (NL)

Up to now, 364 FLL Teams have registered for the current FLL Season “HYDRO DYNAMICSM” (status: June 21st, 2017).

There is still capacity within the promotions “Bring a Friend” and “Bring a Young Friend” – FLL Teams bring new teams into both the FLL Program and the FLL Junior Program.

From May 25th to 28th, 2017, the FLL Open European Championship (OEC) took place in Aarhus with a total of 120 teams from 50 countries and 5 continents.

From May 25th to 28th, 2017, the FLL Open European Championship (OEC) took place in Aarhus with a total of 120 teams from 50 countries and 5 continents.

HANDS on TECHNOLOGY e.V. is busy preparing the current FLL Season “HYDRO DYNAMICSSM”. In this context, we are participating

Together with two long-term FLL Enthusiasts HANDS on TECHNOLOGY e.V. has founded a FLL Referee Expert Team to answer the FAQ for the FLL Robot Game.

On the occasion of the 15th jubilee of FLL in Central Europe, we have asked FLL Alumni to report on how FLL has influenced them and what FLL Moment they like to remember the most.

Our partner, the Nano Giants Academy e.V. – founded by former FLL Participants with many years of experience – has published a manual (German only) for building a minimal core of the EV3 set.

Since April 10th, 2017, 182 FLL Teams have registered (status: May 19th, 2017). 3 FLL Regions are almost full.

The FLL Regions Tirol (A), Baden-Baden (D), Heidelberg (D), Lingen (D), Gorzów Wielkopolski (PL), Lublin (PL), Stalowa (PL), Miskolc (HU) are hosting a FLL Regional Tournament for the first time this year.

As in every FLL Season, we accompany FLL Teams and FLL Coaches with conference calls to different topics.

8 FLL Teams and 1 FLL Junior Team from Central Europe participated in the FLL World Festival in St. Louis (USA) from April 26th to 29th, 2017.

The FLL Open European Championship will take place from May 25th to 28th, 2017 in Aarhus (DK).

We are always interested in getting to know how FIRST® LEGO® League is affecting the participant...

The Fraunhofer Initiative „Roberta – Lernen mit Robotern“ (meaning: Roberta – Learning with Robots) together with the Initiative „Jeder kann programmieren“ (meaning: everyone can code) developed the project „Open Roberta“.

Girls are as passionated as boys when it comes to First Lego League and robots.

The new FLL Season 2017/18 under the theme “Hydro Dynamics” started on Monday, April 10th 2017, with the registration.

Great impressions and a good memory of the FLL Final Central Europe in Regensburg are captured in a short video on our Youtube channel. To the video.

Out of the best teams of this year´s FLL CE Final 22 teams will participate in further competitions in St. Louis (USA), Sydney (AU), Aarhus (DK) as well as in Bath (UK).

There is a FLL Challenge Set including the roll-out mat for “Animal Allies” for private sale offered (1000 Euro asking price, plus shipping).

FIRST® LEGO® League in Central Europe is connected to the non-profit organization HANDS on TECHNOLOGY e.V. since 2002. For our 15th birthday we are wishing for a lot of great stories from former and active teams, coaches, partners and board members that joined our activities during this time period.

This year there are several international FIRST LEGO League Competitions closing the FLL Season finally and we are allowed to qualify FLL teams from our final

The FLL Teams have researched and tinkered their robots for four month. The effort was worth it! 250 students out of over 6500 challenge participants made it to the big final

You are a FLL team that succeeded at a regional or Semi Final with it´s research project with this year's topic "Animal Allies”? Then use your presentation again

You had fun during FLL Animal Allies and are still not fed up with the topic? So you may be interested joining an FLL off-season event in the Netherlands.

FIRST® LEGO® League in Central Europe is connected to the non-profit organization HANDS on TECHNOLOGY e.V. since 2002. For our 15th birthday we are wishing for

To honour the succesful work of german schools in the STEM area the partners of the initiative "MINT Zukunft schaffen (STEM create future)" award schools

We hereby announce a call to all scholarship holders ...

By the middle of February 2017 we are still looking forward to submitting the alumni videos ...

At the FLL Final in Regensburg, there will be an 'Video-Box' section ...

After the regional tournaments of this season ... 

A Berlin agency offers the following materials from the LEGO Mindstorms project from season 2013/14 completely or in parts ...

The first official exhibition of the education program FLL Junior took place in Rochenhausen ...

For the Global Innovation Award HANDS on TECHNOLOGY e.V. has the possibility to nominate up to 3 teams...

In the past two weeks 25 teams have already qualified for the Semi Finals ...

Since 18.11.2016 already more than 23 tournaments took successfully place ... 

This year FLL is going to its 15th round in Central Europe. A long time – that is why we would like to take a little balance. We are looking for former FLL participants studying today, taking an apprenticeship or already entered “working life“ and share their FLL experience with us and the world

The FLL Partner from Lebanon would like to invite 7 international FLL Teams to his competition in early March 2017 including one german team. The aim is

For kids from 6-9 years we offer the opportunity to take part in FIRST LEGO League Jr. from summer 2016. Comparable to FLL the teams challenge is to

Oct 21st 2016 is the deadline for FLL Coaches to enter their team´s data completely in the FLL FLL Coach Login. Team data of all team members

On Aug 23rd 2016, one week ahead of the challenge reveal for „Animal Allies“, all paid FLL Challenge Sets are on their journey to teams

On Tuesday, Aug 30th 2016 FIRST LEGO League teams start into a new challenge round. On kickoff day 4 p.m. the challenge themed „Animal Allies“ will be revealed

On Thursday Sept 1st 2016 between 4 and 5 p.m. we are presenting the FLL Robot Game missions (for German speaking teams)  Web & Telephone Conference

The online registration for the robotics and resarch programm FIRST LEGO League is still available until Oct 14th

Send in your answers tow our 3 questions: your personal balance participating in FLL as a short film

During the FIRST® LEGO® League challenge 2016 "Animal Allies" teams will look into the eyes of our "Animal Allies". What might become possible when we learn to help each other? From Aug 30th, 2016 the detailed missions for the FLL Robot-Game & FLL Research Project will be published on our website. Registration will be open between Apr 4th and Oct 14th, 2016. Existing coach logins are still valid, new coaches should subscribe as a coach and confirm their mail address first. Register your teams online from April 4th:http://www.first-lego-league.org/en/login/login.html.

At the FLL Final Central Europe on March 19th and 20th 26 teams from 6 countries met to win one of the desired qualifications for the FLL World Festival in St. Louis (USA) or the OEC in Teneriffa (ESP). At the same time, our partner National Instruments organized the “Science no Fiction” festival, as an attractive program for children and adults. More than 4.000 guests visited the Kölcsey Center to learn more about robotics, experiences LEGO and see the fascinating Robot Games. You can find the results of the FLL Final on ourwebsite and a short introduction of the best 8 teams on Facebook. A lot of nice pictures of the event are online on Flickr and a timelaps video on Youtube.

Are you interested in starting an own FLL regional tournament or do you know a company which would like to support children and youngsters? Like Benjamin Franklin said: “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.“ Therefore we would like to grow together with you and do something for the future. Promote our educational programs and recommend us to your friends and to the economy. We are looking forward to your contacts and Ideas. Please write to: sz@hands-on-technology.org.

With the FLL challenge Kickoff on Aug 30th we will lower the age limit for FLL in Central Europe because the kickoff day is always the deadline for the age limitation of the participants. From 2016 FLL team members may be between 9 and 16 years old instead of at least 10 years. 

Again we want to create space in our stock. For this reason we sell rare and almost forgotten rarities to you for a price you tell us (plus packaging and shipment). Under the following link we have listed all available FLL playing fields for the special sale "Pay what you want". For orders please send a mail with your asking price to fll@hands-on-technology.org until April 30th, 2016.

In the upcoming FLL season we would like to ask already existing coaches to bring new teams into the FLL program. As a little thank you both teams will receive a discount of the FLL participation fee. Both, the new FLL Team, from a school/institution which has not been involved in FLL before and the existing team which recruited the new one will get a 50% reduce on the FLL participation fee of 135 € for the FLL season 2016/17. The offer is valid for up to 50 new teams which subscribe before their summer holidays and inform us before the registrations via e-mail to al@hands-on-technology.org with the reference "Bring a friend". We will check the eligibility and reduce the invoice respectively.

We are looking for the most played song of your regional tournament of the season 2015/16! What is the most popular song of your regional tournament? Which song represents your region or country best? Which song brought the most energy to your the other teams? Send your FLL 2015/16 song to sz@hands-on-technology.org. Selected songs will be played at the FLL Final Central Europe in Debrecen, Hungary. The 5 most submitted songs will be forwarded to the World Festival which takes place in St. Louis in April 2016, in order to be played for teams from Germany/Czech Republic/ Hungary/ Poland/ Switzerland/ Austria/ Slovakia..

Are you a FLL team which participated in the "Trash Trek" season? If yes, you can apply for the FLL Global Innovation Award and use your research topic all over again and win $ 20,000 and a new LEGO Education EV3 set. The aim of the competition is to honor the most innovative research presentation worldwide and to develop a marketable idea. Further information is available under http://fllinnovation.firstlegoleague.org/faq. We look forward to many applications.

Current results of In January, we start with 31 tournaments, including 28 regional tournaments and 3 semi finals. The best result in the category Robot Game achieved the FLL team “Cassapeia” from Walldorf with 953 points followed by team “SAPHARI” with 865 points. All results can be found on our FLL website under the chosen tournament.

The evaluation sheets to evaluate the robot games, research assignment, robot design and teamwork are now available on our website www.first-lego-league.org/en/fll/evaluation.html. By clicking on any subcategory, another text opens. There you will find the link to the respective evaluation form.

As part of our online FLL referee training we shot a crisp four-minute short video with the most important rule innovations of the season 2015/1016. Please distributed, post, like the video and give it to all teams. On our facebook fanpage you can find the video. On the coach- and regional partner login the video can also be found. The video will be soon available in English.

Before the first contests start on November 14th, we want to point out again to read the FAQ´s! These are the FLL rules in the first place. Simply click www.first-lego-league.org/en/faq/fragen.html and stay up to date.

How do I program the robot, where can I gain the most points? - All these questions you can directly exchange with the team 11359 "The Green Mustaches" from Michigan. The team is participating the second time in the FLL and thereby has in his first season has scored the most points and won the local competition. The team consists of the coach Ajay, six boys and four girls aged 10-12 years. If you need help, share ideas or want to discuss project solutions then write directly to ajaydimple@gmail.com or sz@hands-on-technology.org. We are glad to help with the mediation.

All FLL coaches we have a conference call on October first 2015 from 15-16 clock to fill you in on the topic "Review FIRST LEGO League". If you are interested please contact us at info@hands-on-technology.org. After logging in, you will get the dial-in numbers for the conference. We are looking forward to an active participation.

We are still missing a lot of team data in our database. To all FLL Coaches: Please enter the data for all team members to October 18th 2015 (name, sex and date of birth) in the FLL Coach Login: www.first-lego-league.org/de/login/login.html. Optionally, the team data can be supplemented with additional information on the team, as a team picture and short description of the robot and research assignment.

On August 19th all paid FLL playing fields have been transported, just before the FLL kickoff (August 25th, 2015). Please make sure that at the given address the FLL challenge set can be delivered, to save extra transportation costs.

From August 25 at 4 pm the exact tasks of the robot game and the installation instructions for the annual FLL tournament will be published. Like every year, you can find the building instructions for the LEGO models of the FLL playing field online. Visit our website http://www.first-lego-league.org/en/2015.html where we provide the specific instructions as downloadable PDF files. As usual we will provide the instructions for the robot game and the research project as a YouTube video, also on August 25th.

In March, the registration for the new FLL season begun. Currently already more than 500 teams have registered. The regions are steadily filling up and some are already even full. Register your team now online to save the “best seats”. Check out our website to find out which regions still have free places and which are oversubscribed. The registration for the current season is still open until 11 October 2015.

For all German speaking FLL Coaches we offer a preparatory introduction to the world of FLL. On August 27th, 2015 from 3 to 4 pm the conference call “Introduction Robot Game - Trash Trek” takes place. If you are interested please contact us at info@hands-on-technology.org. After registration you will get the login information for the conference call.

Calling all FLL Coaches: Please enter all data of your team members now (names, gender, birth date) in the FLL Coach-Login until October 18th: http://www.first-lego-league.org/en/login/login.html

The organizers of the FLL Regional Tournaments need your data & figures to plan the regional tournaments you take part in (e.g. lunch & chairs).

An alle Teams der FLL Wettbewerbe 2015 - hier könnt ihr spannende Sachen von EV3 und FLL gewinnen. Ratet was die diesjährigen Aufgaben auf dem Spielfeld Trash Trek sind und sendet Eure Ideen an LEGO Education. Bis zum 25. August habt ihr noch Zeit. Alle Infos findet ihr hier: https://community.education.lego.com/t5/STEM-Competitions/Guess-the-robot-missions-in-the-new-FLL-season/td-p/11238. #LEGOEducation #EV3 #FLL #Trashtrek

Join us at the FLL Finals CE on Sunday 8th March. View the Live Stream only here.

An exciting and insightful year is coming to an end. We would like to say thank you ...

We take a break and will return to office by Jan 5th, 2015

Upcoming weekend the first FLL regional competitions of the season 2014/2015 are starting...

Teams reaching top ranks at FLL Regional Tournaments will be able to qualify for the next stage...

We are often asked, what will happen with the outstanding presentations and innovative solutions...

To look after a FLL Team is not an easy thing! Again this year...

The closing of the FLL season is the large FLL Final Central Europe for which 24 teams...

Teams that have grown out of FLL and want to go on with robotics may move over to FIRST® Tech Challenge (FTC) directly...

Until 10/31/2014 all teams should have entered their data.

The free slots are rare until 10/10/2014 the registration for FLL 2014/15 FLL is possible.

Many questions about the robot games are reaching us. The most important ones we publish on our website.

The last two conference calls are close -the next is on 10/16/2014.

We are looking for volunteers during the competition period.

Keep updated about the happenings in our office and at tournaments.

A video explaining in a few minutes what FLL is about

Teams can register for FLL 2014 "World Class" from March 17th online.