FIRST LEGO League WA
What is it?
FLL WA is a STEM project led by Curtin University with eight key partnership schools. It is part of the international For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) movement.
The program has grown over its seven years from a pilot competition for 56 students, and now culminates in six, day-long qualifying competitions and one State finals competition involving 15,000 students, teachers, mentors and engaged local community members.
Over two school terms, teams of students ages 9-16 engage in two STEM problem-solving challenges. The Robot Challenge is building and programming a LEGO robot that completes missions on a field. The Research Project is to identify and solve a real-world problem. Both challenges are undertaken with positive, collaborative principles that are celebrated at the high-energy, end-of-season competitions.
Teachers report an improvement in their students STEM discipline skills, and increased student confidence, autonomy, resilience and teamwork. Past FLL WA Research Projects have had realised impacts on community projects.
A range of networking and professional development opportunities are included for teachers, mentors and volunteers.
FLL WA has been a catalyst for a collaborative approach to STEM engagement bringing together universities, schools, local councils and businesses. It is through collaborations like this that we can inspire not just school students but whole communities to value STEM skills and careers.
How do we take part?
Register your team for FLL WA
Team coaches can register teams for the 2021 FLL WA challenge in June through the FIRST Australia website.
Registration costs will be announced in 2021 and are approximately AUD$500.
- A LEGO Competition kit, an exclusive selection of LEGO® bricks, the instructions to assemble your mission models, and a roll-out field to practice on.
- Entry into one of the West Australian regional tournaments.
The FLL LEGO Competition kits usually arrive in early August and teams have 10 to 12 weeks to work on the challenges. FLL WA is an incredibly rewarding program for young students, and teams can come from schools, social groups, community groups, homes, etc.
If you want to start a team, there are a few things you will need:
- A dedicated adult coach
- A LEGO SPIKE Prime, Mindstorms EV3, NXT or RCX robot kit
- A place to meet to work on building robots, practicing games and working on the project.
Teams then enter one of the West Australian Regional tournaments taking place in November. Qualifying teams go forward to the finals at Curtin, then potentially onto international tournaments in 2022.
Team registrations will be accepted until all slots are filled.
FLL WA schedule for 2021
|August||Field Setup Kits begin to arrive|
|August||FLL WA 2020 Hackathon|
|October||FLL Referee Training|
|October||FLL Judge Training|
|Late November||Carramar Regional at St Stephen's School|
|Late November||Atwell Regional at Atwell College|
|Late November||Geraldton Regional at Champion Bay Senior High School|
|Late November||Wongan Hills Regional at Wongan Hills Civic Centre|
|Early December||Gooseberry Hill Regional at Gooseberry Hill Primary School|
|Early December||Aveley Regional at Aveley Secondary College|
|Early December||Seville Grove Regional at Cecil Andrews College|
|Early December||Kalgoorlie Regional at Kalgoorlie-Boulder Community High School|
|Mid December||WA National District Finals at Curtin University|
We want to thank these partners below for their support in FLL WA. Without their involvement, none of this can happen.