Wisconsin FIRST LEGO League

What It Is

FIRST LEGO® League introduces science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) to kids in grades 2-8 through hands-on learning. It’s a great way to build confidence and get real world problem-solving experience.

What We Do

We serve as the Wisconsin operational partner for FIRST—that means we run all FIRST LEGO League tournaments in Wisconsin. In addition, we provide support for teams across the state, including coach and mentor training.

How It Works

FIRST LEGO League Explore, for ages 6-10, focuses on the fundamentals of engineering. Kids learn to design and code unique solutions made with LEGO bricks and powered by LEGO Education SPIKE Essential. Wisconsin teams can attend Explore Expo events throughout the state. (2022-2023 Expo dates have not been set yet–when they are set, we’ll publish them here.)

In FIRST LEGO League Challenge, teams of students ages 9-14 engage in research, problem-solving, coding, and engineering. Using LEGO Mindstorms or SPIKE Prime kits, they build and program a LEGO robot that navigates the missions of a robot game. In addition, they complete an innovation project that solves a real-world problem based on a yearly theme.

Wisconsin FLL Challenge teams participate in a series of tournaments. 

  • Regionals: Held across the state during November and early December.
  • Sectionals: Held in December. Teams are invited to our two sectional tournaments based on their performance in regionals. 
  • Wisconsin Championship: Held in February. Teams are invited to our championship based on their performance in sectionals. 

2022–2023 Tournament Dates

The fall 2022 FLL tournament schedule is listed below. When you register for regional competitions, you will select the top 3 dates that work for your team, and from those one date will be chosen for you.

For each regional, we have also listed the sectional that it will feed into. When deciding on dates, please make sure that you and the team are available for the regional dates you pick and the sectional date associated with those regionals. 

Tournament registration is now closed.

Please note: your team must be registered with FIRST before you attend any Wisconsin tournaments.


Saturday, November 5Appleton East High SchoolAppleton, WIWaukesha
Saturday, November 12Madison College Truax CampusMadison, WIMukwonago
Saturday, November 12Marquette University High SchoolMilwaukee, WIWaukesha
Saturday, November 12Lakeshore Technical CollegeSheboygan, WIMukwonago
Sunday, November 13Marquette University High SchoolMilwaukee, WIMukwonago
Sunday, November 13Lakeshore Technical CollegeSheboygan, WIWaukesha
Saturday, November 19Mukwonago High SchoolMukwonago, WIMukwonago
Sunday, November 20Franklin High SchoolFranklin, WIWaukesha
Saturday, December 3Oak Creek High SchoolOak Creek, WIMukwonago
Saturday, December 10Parker High SchoolJanesville, WIWaukesha


Saturday, December 10Mukwonago Middle SchoolMukwonago, WI
Saturday, December 17Waukesha South High SchoolWaukesha, WI

State Championship

Saturday, February 4Madison College Truax CampusMadison, WI

I Want to Set Up a Team!

Great! We’re so excited to have you join us. You need at least two kids and two adults to start a FLL Challenge team. Then, you’ll need to register your team at Once you’re registered, your coaches will automatically get signed up for our weekly email newsletter where you’ll get additional information and access to our weekly Zoom meeting. 

Teams must be registered with FIRST in order to attend any Wisconsin tournaments.

I Need Help!

Check the FIRST Resource Library
Find recordings of our weekly Zoom coach calls on the WI FLL YouTube Channel
Subscribe to our weekly email newsletter

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I create or register a FIRST Lego League team?

To start a team, you need at least two kids and two adults. 
You will need to register your team through the FIRST website. Visit and click Register (if you’re brand new to FIRST) or Log in (if you already have a FIRST account) in the upper right-hand corner. Follow the instructions on their site to register yourself, your kids, and/or your team.

Is there a deadline for team registration?

Tournament registration closed at midnight on October 18. Teams must be registered with FIRST before they can attend any Wisconsin tournaments.

How much does FLL cost?

Each team will need to pay a registration fee of $250, buy a Challenge Set for $95, and pay a $165 fee to participate in a regional tournament. Teams that advance to sectional and championship tournaments will pay an additional $25 fee per event to participate in those additional tournaments.

What is this season all about?

In the 2022-2023 FIRST LEGO League Challenge season, SUPERPOWERED, students will explore where energy comes from and how it is distributed, stored, and used – and then put their superpowered creativity to work to innovate for a better energy future.

Find more information about this season, including the rulebook, judging rubrics, and challenge overview, on the FIRST website:

When are this year’s tournaments?

Tournament dates are listed above.

What support will teams get from BadgerBots?

We communicate frequently with team coaches in multiple different ways.

  • If you have a specific question, email us at or join us on Slack. Slack is a messaging app where our head referees and judging advisor are often available and you can have conversations with other coaches and volunteers. You will need to be invited to join our Slack channel; email us at to get an invite.
  • For weekly updates, make sure you’re subscribed to our email newsletter. When you register your team with FIRST, we will automatically subscribe your coach1, coach2, and admin contacts. Anyone else can sign up through our subscription page

To connect with other coaches and mentors, join our weekly Zoom call. We typically host these on Mondays at 6:30 p.m., and frequently have referees and judge volunteers on the call to answer questions. We record these calls so you can watch them even if you can’t attend. The Zoom link is provided in our weekly email newsletter and recordings are available on our YouTube channel.