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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. All teams that are registered with FIRST by October 4, 2022 will be able to sign up for a regional. 
  • 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 have not been set yet–when they are set, we’ll publish them here. We expect to have them set before the end of September.

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 firstinspires.org. 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. 

You must register your team with FIRST by October 4, 2022 to participate in the 2022-2023 tournament season.

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 firstinspires.org 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?

Please register your team by October 4, 2022 to compete in the 2022-2023 tournament season.

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:

https://www.firstinspires.org/resource-library/fll/challenge/challenge-and-resources

When are this year’s tournaments?

We are still working with our tournament hosts to finalize the dates and locations for 2022-2023 tournaments. We will share details as soon as they are available.

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 fllteams@badgerbots.org 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 fllteams@badgerbots.org 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.