On this page, you will find some of the most frequently asked questions. The replies apply to all FIRST LEGO Challenge League teams in all competitions in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
If your personal questions have not been answered here yet, please contact us via e-mail!
Attention!: Starting with the 2022/23 season, you will find any official, season-related updated to Robot Game rules and missions in our Season Updates.
Can I participate in a regional tournament in another country?
Do I have to bring my engineering notebook to the regional tournament?
It is not compulsory to bring your Engineering Notebook to the regional tournament. However, it may be useful to be able to document your work to the judges.
In other words: You may, but you don't have to bring the Engineering Notebook to the regional tournament.
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 Game matches in any way.
As coach, do I have to know how to code the LEGO robots myself?
My team is new to FIRST LEGO League Challenge and we don’t think we’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.
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
At the regional tournament, which team will qualify in Robot Game after the 3 preliminary rounds, if 2 teams have the same score in their best match?
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. 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.
Was ist mit Robotern, die nach einer Anleitung gebaut sind?
Teams that build a robot with the aid of building instructions must expect the robot not to be assessed as the team’s own creative achievement for the category Robot Design.
It should also be noted that the circulating building instructions often refer only to basic robots that meet the specific requirements of the actual season only inadequately.
Therefore: no plagiarism! What counts for the category Robot Design is the team’s creative achievement in coding and design!
Can I act as a co-coach at the age of 17?
Are the 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 relating to the local conditions at regional tournaments can be posed directly to the local organizers. Please find there contact dates on the regional websites.
Are there any consequenses if a team does not prepare a research project? What will happen when a team misses the aim of the research project?
A Challenge team should take part in all evaluation categories. When a team doesn't have a research project (or doesn't take part in another category of evaluation) it cannot become a Challenge Champion and will not be evaluated in the particular category. All teams should act according to the FIRST Core Values.
If a team misses the topical aim of the research project, the judges can still evaluate how engaging the presentation was (see section "communicate" of the Research scoresheet), but not the other evalutation sections.
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: a presentation in front of parents, students, teachers or the interviewed experts, writing an article or creating a website or blog etc. The team should show the form of publishing within their presentation e.g. by a photo.
What does the presentation include?
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.
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.
Does the research project has to have a technical approach?
No, the research project does not have to contain a technical approach.
How much time do we have for the presentation of our research results at a FLL Tournament?
At a FLL Challenge 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.
Can we pick any topic we like?
No, the topics are limited to the topics listed in the Research project documents.
What are the dimensions of the border walls of the official tables used during a FIRST LEGO League Challenge tournament?
"One Team, one Award" Rule
Starting with the 2020/21 season of FIRST LEGO League Challenge:
One team can only win one award. If it already won the first place in one category, a team can only be awarded second place at a maximum in other categories.
The exceptions are the awards for Robot Game and Coaching: teams that win one or both of these categories can also receive another award.
A team can therefore win a maximum of three awards in one tournament.
Is LEGO Pneumatic allowed?
Yes – like other LEGO equipment, Pneumatic is allowed (as described in the Robot Game Rules).
Is it allowed to use LEGO DUPLO?
Yes, it’s allowed to use LEGO DUPLO at Challenge tournaments as equipment (like other LEGO equipment, as described in the Robot Game Rules).