In early fall, FLL releases a Challenge, which is based on a real-world scientific topic.

Each Challenge has three parts: the Robot Game, the Project and the FLL Core Values.

Teams of up to ten children, with one adult coach,

•participate in the Challenge by programming an autonomous robot to score points on a themed playing field (Robot Game),

•developing a solution to a problem they have identified (Project),

•all guided by the FLL Core Values. Teams may then choose to attend an official tournament.

Past Challenges have been based on topics such as nanotechnology, climate, quality of life for the handicapped population, and transportation. By designing Challenges around such topics, participants are exposed to potential career paths within a chosen Challenge topic, in addition to solidifying the STEM principles that naturally come from participating in a robotics program. Team members also learn valuable life and employment skills which will benefit them no matter which career path they choose.

The Robot Game and Project are what teams do. The FLL Core Values are how they do it.

for MORE Information

NCSD Robotics Site

First Lego League Site

Competition Awards

Previous years Challenges


Previous Year's ChallengeTopics


2013 Challenge

Can FLL teams help us master natural disasters? In the 2013 Nature's Fury Challenge teams will explore the awe-inspiring storms, quakes,waves and more that we call natural disasters. Teams will discover what can be done when intense natural events meet the places people live, work, and play.



2012 Challenge




Can FIRST® LEGO® League teams improve the quality of life for seniors by helping them continue to be independent, engaged, and connected in their communities?


2011 Challenge

Can FIRST® LEGO® League teams improve the quality of food by finding ways to prevent food contamination? The 2011 Food Factor Challenge explores the topic of food safety and examines the possible points of contamination our food encounters; from exposure to insects and creatures, to unsterile processing and transportation, to unsanitary preparation and storage; then find ways to prevent or combat these contaminates.

 2010 Challenge  

Through the 2010 Body Forward™ Challenge, FLL teams will explore the cutting-edge world of Biomedical Engineering to discover innovative ways to repair injuries, overcome genetic predispositions, and maximize the body's potential, with the intended purpose of leading happier and healthier lives.

2009 Challenge



2008 Challenge


2007 Challenge  


2006 Challenge


2006 Crest Hill Robotics Team








Wyoming FLL Championship

Casper Events Center

7:00 AM Team Registration Opens (upper concourse)

7:20 AM Meetings:

• Judges - Team Staging Area

• Coaches &endash; Robot Game Area

• Volunteers &endash; Pit Area

8:00 AM Judging Begins

• Session 1 8:00 &endash; 8:20

• Session 2 8:20 &endash; 8:40

• Session 3 8:40 &endash; 9:00

• Session 4 9:00 &endash; 9:20

9:20 AM Judging Break (10 Minutes)

• Session 5 9:30 &endash; 9:50

• Session 6 9:50 &endash; 10:10

• Session 7 10:10 &endash; 10:30

• Session 8 10:30 &endash; 10:50

• Session 9 10:50 &endash; 11:10

11:00 AM Referee Meeting

11:10 AM Lunch Break

11:45 PM FLL Opening Ceremony (includes Jr. FLL Expo awards)


12:15 PM Judges Award Meeting

12:30 PM Robot Rounds

• Round 1 12:30 &endash; 1:45

• Round 2 1:45 &endash; 3:00

• Round 3 3:00 &endash; 4:15


4:30 PM Closing Ceremonies Begin

• Award/Trophy presentations


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