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W5 is looking for new teams to register for this year’s FIRST® LEGO® League Challenge.

FIRST® LEGO® League Challenge is a global STEM programme which aims to encourage an interest in real world themes and develop key skills in teams of young people that are crucial for their future careers. Partcipiants work together to explore a given topic and to design, build and program an autonomous LEGO® robot to solve a series of missions.

FIRST® LEGO® League is for students aged 9 - 16. At W5 the tournament targets Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3 pupils. The competition is launched at the beginning of September and once registered, teams can begin preparing for the Tournament Day which this year takes place at W5 on 28th February 2023. The top teams from W5’s tournaments will go on to compete at the All-Ireland Finals in Dublin with further opportunity to reach an International Open.

Each year there is a focus on a different real-world topic related to the sciences. In teams of up to 10, students work together to research a topic area, complete a project and prepare a short presentation. The teams also design and program a LEGO robot to complete a series of related specific tasks. Points are given for each task the robot completes in a set time.

Schools from across Northern Ireland are invited to compete with up to 24 teams taking part each year in W5. This year’s exciting theme is SUPERPOWERED.

W5 hosts the competition with help from the Institution of Engineering and Technology and you can find out more from the IET’s FLL website.

Important Information

  • Tournament Day at W5: 28th February 2023
  • KS2 & 3 pupils welcome, ages 9 - 16.
  • Teams of up to 10 pupils.
  • Registration per team costs £150 + VAT. However, a limited number of teams will be covered by our competition sponsors. To apply for funding, and to be registered by W5, please complete this form before Monday 19th September: Funding is prioritised to new schools located in areas of multiple deprivation.
  • Equipment: your team will need a LEGO® SPIKE™ Prime core and expansion set to complete the challenge (or any Lego Mindstorms Robot). A device able to run LEGO® software /app.
  • On the day, teams give a presentation on this year’s theme. They also explain their robot design, demonstrate teamwork and their robot competes to complete the tasks in the Robot Competition.
  • To register for the competition, and pay the registration fee, choose option 1 and select W5, Belfast as your regional tournament. Click here.

We’d love to see new teams competing in this year’s competition. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch with Elaine or Sean from our Learning and Engagement Team at W5 at: [email protected] or [email protected]

You can also contact the IET at: [email protected]