FIRST ® LEGO® League is an international science tournament, where over 25,000 teams from 100 countries in the world participate. This tournament is for children and teens aged between 9 to 16, and it makes participants feel as actual scientists and engineers who are sensitive to their communities.
FIRST ® LEGO® League teams must design, build and program a robot capable of performing expected tasks using LEGO MINDSTORMS® sets. Guided by an advisor or a volunteer coach who is over 18 years old, each team goes through an educational program before the tournament itself. This program takes at least one and a half hours a week for about three and a half months. On the tournament weekend, these teams perform their robots on a specially designed table with a field, where they show that their robot accomplishes the assigned tasks in the shortest time. Each tournament season has a different theme about the research project, aiming to challenge and develop a solution for a problem that concerns the world. These problems can be food safety, recycling, energy, global warming, etc. During this journey, tomorrow’s innovators increase their skills in listening, presenting, imaginative thinking and expressing themselves. They experience friendly competition and learn to share while also experiencing teamwork and gracious professionalism. Participant children and teens take a journey through a fun, process-driven activity in the fields of science, art and technology. These experiences encourage them to imagine themselves as scientists, engineers, effective entrepreneurs and sensible global citizens of the future.
The program is implemented in Turkey since 2004 under the name of “Science Heroes Meet” by Bilim Kahramanları Derneği.