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The IET is the operational partner for the FIRST® LEGO® League competition in the UK and Ireland. 

FIRST® LEGO® League is a global science and technology competition with over 250,000 young people taking part each year.

What is FIRST® LEGO® League?

FIRST® LEGO® League is for young people aged 9 to 16 years, working in teams of up to 10 with a supporting mentor. Each year FIRST® LEGO® League releases a new challenge for our teams based around a real-world problem. 

The Robot Game

Teams build a robot using a LEGO® MINDSTORMS® kit that they program to autonomously complete a series of missions on a specialised arena and to score as many points as possible.

Robot Design

The technical aspect of the robot is assessed including design, programming and robustness.


Through the project, teams learn more about the science behind the challenge theme. The teams identify a problem related to the theme, research the issues behind it and propose a solution.

Core Values

Whilst competing, the teams have to demonstrate FIRST® LEGO® League Core Values including Gracious Professionalism® and Coopertition® encouraging high quality work, unqualified kindness, respect and learning.

FIRST® LEGO® League Challenge 2018: INTO ORBITSM

Gather your crew and get ready to explore, challenge and innovate in the demanding and inspiring expanse we call space! The 2018/2019 FIRST® LEGO® League season requires you to work together to break out of your earthly constraints. Do you have what it takes to go INTO ORBITSM?

How do we take part?

Register your team for FIRST® LEGO® League 

Team mentors can register teams for the 2017 INTO ORBIT challenge at the FIRST® LEGO® League website for UK and Ireland  

Registration costs

Entry costs £150 + VAT. This includes:

  • A field setup kit (this is the practice field for your robot), comprised of an exclusive selection of LEGO® bricks, the instructions to assemble your mission models, and a roll-out field to practice on. 
  • Entry into one of the regional tournaments.
  • Administrative support from the IET.

Teams get started from September

Materials are distributed in early September and teams have 12 to 16 weeks to work on the challenges. Teams will also need to use a LEGO® MINDSTORMS® set to build the robot which can be purchased from LEGO® Education distribution partners.

Teams then attend one of the Regional Tournaments taking place between November and January each year. Each Tournament Champion will go forward to the UK and Ireland Final in February. The Champions at the Final are then invited to represent the UK and Ireland at the FIRST® LEGO® League World Festival in the USA in April and other international finals.

FIRST® LEGO® League schedule for 2018-19 challenge

14 May 2018 Registration opens
1 August 2018 Global challenge release
August/September 2018 Challenge sets ship (conditional on registration fee payment)
December 2018 Team registration closes
December 2018 - January 2019 Tournament season - 50 regional tournaments to choose from around the UK and Ireland

16 February 2019

UK and Ireland Final, University of West of England (UWE) Exhibition and Conference Centre, Bristol
April - June 2019 World Festival in USA and other international finals