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First Lego League is an international program aimed towards getting learners from the age of 9-16 years old interested in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. The children work in teams and need a coach to guide them. The School of ICT at NMMU train the coach and the learners.

A FIRST LEGO League challenge has three parts:

  • A research assignment called “The Project”. In the project learners must research a defined, real-world problem affecting their community and design an innovative solution for the problem.
  • A “Robot Game” where students design, build and program a robot using LEGO MINDSTORMS technology. The robot must be developed to autonomously complete a series of missions on a thematic playing field
  • Learners participate in the Robot Game and the Project while demonstrating 8 Core Values. The core values teaches learners important life skills such as problem solving, critical thinking, creativity and teamwork.

We do provide training free of charge to anyone interested. We facilitate a series of two day Lego Robotics workshops to teams and their coaches at a date that suits each team. 



3, 2, 1 LEGO

Get ready.  Get set.  Roar!  Or you could bark, quack, or squeak, because the 2016 ANIMAL ALLIES season is all about our furry, feathered, and finned friends.

This year the NMMU School of ICT will be hosting a regional qualifying tournament for the latest FLL Challenge on Friday, 21 October 2016 and Saturday, 22 October 2016

We’ll be facilitating an information session on the 2 April 2016, where you will be given an explanation of First Lego League. Lego Robotics workshops offered on dates chosen by you, but you’re welcome to send members to these workshops as well.  The first day will cover the basic content through the exercises we had before and the 2nd day will be focusing on the robot game from last year.

The official challenge documents will be released on 30 August 2016 and we will have our official launch workshop on Saturday, 20 August 2016. In the meantime, you can start organizing your teams and create a space for them to familiarize themselves with the theme for this year.  The theme for 2016 is:

Animal Allies logo

In the 2016 FIRST LEGO League Challenge, more than 28,000 teams of students age 9 to 16* will look into the eyes of our ANIMAL ALLIES.  What might become possible when we learn to help each other?

FIRST LEGO League challenges kids in over 80 countries to think like scientists and engineers.  During the ANIMAL ALLIES season, teams will choose and solve a real-world problem in the Project.  They will also build, test, and program an autonomous robot using LEGO MINDSTORMS® technology to solve a set of missions in the Robot Game.  Throughout their experience, teams will operate under the FIRST LEGO League signature set of Core Values, celebrating discovery, teamwork, and Gracious Professionalism®.

Contact information
Mr Ronald Leppan
Lecturer - Department of Applied Informatics
Tel: +27 41 504 9109

Ms Ashleigh Brown
Public Relations Intern
Tel: 041 504 3938

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