A closeup photo of a LEGO robot: FIRST LEGO League.

FIRST LEGO League in your Community

FIRST LEGO League (FLL) is an international program created by FIRST and LEGO and designed to get children interested in and excited about science, technology, and engineering. Every year, a new challenge is released that engages the teams in hands-on robotics design and scientific research.

The goal is to encourage Iowa youth to become science and technology leaders and to continue developing those skills beyond the classroom – to the point where they eventually aspire to fields such as science, engineering, or manufacturing.

Iowa State University directs the statewide Iowa FIRST LEGO League efforts, serving roughly 700 FLL and FLL Jr. teams of youth ages 6-14. This makes Iowa third in North America for youth teams per capita. We provide support and leadership to approximately 50 statewide events each year, and we engage annually with more than 1,000 volunteers from across the state who collaborate with the College of Engineering’s STEM efforts to impact future workforce development.

Volunteering gives Iowa business leaders a valuable opportunity to serve as role models and to positively influence a child’s career decisions.

For more information, check out the College of Engineering Outreach and Talent Development FIRST LEGO League site.