Project Description

Come be a volunteer!
Register for Fall FLL Camps
Start A Team
Learn more about FIRST® LEGO® League
Jeremy Haugen Portrait

INFORMATION

For more information or questions, please contact Jeremy Haugen at 605-336-3660 or jhaugen@embe.org.

LOCATION

EmBe Avera – Downtown
300 W. 11th St.
Sioux Falls, SD  57104
Phone: 605-336-3660
info@embe.org

Engaging Youth in STEM Exploration

FIRST® LEGO® League introduces science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) to children in grades 1-9 through fun, exciting hands-on learning. Participants gain real-world problem-solving experiences through a guided, global robotics program, helping today’s students and teachers build a better future together.

Our two divisions inspire youth to experiment and grow their critical thinking, coding, and design skills through hands-on STEM learning and robotics.

FIRST® LEGO® League Divisions

FIRST LEGO League Explore Division

In Explore, teams of students Grades 1-4 focus on the fundamentals of engineering as they explore real-world problems, learn to design, and code, and create unique solutions made with LEGO bricks and powered by LEGO® Education SPIKE™ Essentials kit.

FIRST LEGO League Challenge Division

Friendly competition is at the heart of Challenge, as teams of students Grades 4-9 engage in research, problem-solving, coding, and engineering – building and programming a LEGO robot that navigates the missions of a robot game.

2022-2023 SUPERPOWERED Season
Presenting Impact Sponsor

2022-2023 Season Challenge

FIRST LEGO League 2022-2023 Season theme - SUPERPOWEREDThis season teams will be creating innovation projects around renewable energy. The official theme is SUPERPOWERED℠! Students will be researching, developing, and creating a project that presents real-world solutions using renewable energy.

Download the program brochure

Hands-on STEM learning in a fun camp setting!

Who doesn’t love LEGOs? Who doesn’t love Robots? FIRST® LEGO® League camps at EmBe teach Grades 1-9 STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) skills in a fun and hands-on setting. Our camps are perfect for kids to learn more about coding, programming, and robotics. Kids build skills and confidence from multiple-day camps in the summer to one-day and no-school days camps!

FIRST® LEGO® League: Mini Robotics Camp
Grades 3-8

Have you ever wanted to learn how to build and program a SPIKE™ Prime Robot?  This Mini Camp is for you!  During this 3½ hour-long camp you will build a LEGO® robot from scratch and learn how to program it to move.  Campers receive a snack.

Sessions are limited to 16 campers.

DATES:

  • October 7 – Afternoon (Harrisburg Schools)
  • October 10 – Morning and Afternoon Camps
  • October 11 – Afternoon Camp
  • November 11 – Morning Camp
    LOCATION: EmBe Downtown

    COST:
    Sliding Scale Maximum $47.93

This camp is best suited for students who haven’t built and programmed a LEGO Robot before.

FIRST LEGO League: Challenge Camp
Grades 4-9

EmBe offers a 4-day summer camp experience to get kids excited about participating in the League! FIRST® LEGO® League Challenge Camp is for boys and girls in grades 4-9. During this camp, you will learn the basics of building and programming a Mindstorms EV3 Robot. You will also work as part of a team to research a real-world problem, create a solution and present your solution to the other campers. This camp will give you a jump start in getting ready for the next FIRST® LEGO® League Challenge competition season!

Each camper received a mid-morning snack each day, and a camp T-Shirt.

Sessions are limited to 16 campers.

DATES:
New schedule coming soon
TIME: 8:30 am to 12 pm (Mon-Thurs)
LOCATION:
EmBe Downtown
COST:
Sliding Scale Maximum $133.13

This camp is best suited for students who haven’t been a part of a FIRST® LEGO® League team before.

FIRST LEGO League: Explore Camp
Grades 1-4

Build and program simple LEGO Robots!  This camp is for boys and girls in grades 1-4. Fire up your imagination to solve problems. Explore science and engineering. Build and program motors and sensors using the LEGO® SPIKE™ Essentials kit.

Sessions are limited to 10 campers.

DATES:

  • October 7 Morning (Harrisburg)
  • October 10 Morning
  • October 11 Morning
  • November 11 Morning
    LOCATION: EmBe Downtown

    COST:
    Sliding Scale Maximum $47.93

This camp is best suited for students who haven’t been a part of a FIRST® LEGO® League Explore team before.

We need your help!

EmBe is proud to serve the youth in our community by bringing STEM programming through FIRST® LEGO® League. Join the robotics community as we facilitate and inspire STEM exploration. Whatever your skills are, there is a place for you in FIRST. Be part of elementary and middle school students’ success through exciting, interactive learning.

Volunteer needs:
* Require training before the event

  • *Referees – Help apply the robot game rules fairly and impartially and score the team missions. Enjoy the high-energy, fun, and exciting environment!
  • *Judges & Reviewers – Listen to presentations and thoughtfully question teams to bring out their best. Work closely with other judges and reviewers to determine awards.
  • *Emcee – Help make a fun, respectful, and high-energy environment for the robot games. Interview teams, provide color and play-by-play commentary for the robot game, and be fun!
  • Miscellaneous – Input scores, check-in teams, help teams be in the right places at the right time, host the volunteer space, and more! We need volunteers of all kinds and have the right job for everyone.
Become a volunteer

Networking

Registration, Challenge and Game updates

Coach Call Notes and other documents

Software and Programming Links

Mindstorms EV3 is being retired. It is going out of stock summer of 2021 and will no longer be supported by LEGO Education the summer of 2023. It will remain legal for FLL Challenge completions indefinitely.

SPIKE Prime (45678) and its near copy Mindstorms Robot Inventor (51515) are backwards compatible with the following sets.

  • StarWars Droid Commander (75253) sold out at LEGO, but might be available other places
  • BOOST Creative Toolbox (17101)

Software and Support

Where to buy spare robot Parts? Best sites to order specific parts is BrickLink

FAQS – FIRST® LEGO® LEAGUE CHALLENGE SEASON

What happens at a competition?

FIRST® LEGO® League competition is a high-energy, exciting event. Teams will have three robot runs in a sports arena-like atmosphere. During a 2.5-minute run, they will have their robot attempt as many missions as possible. They will also have three judged events: 

  1. Presenting their research and innovative solution.
  2. Explaining their robot design.
  3. Judged on their teamwork by core values.

Approximate Cost for a First Year Team

  • EV3 Robot Set (reuseable each year, purchased through LEGO education) $420
  • National Team Registration and Challenge set (Paid to FIRST) $300
  • Regional Tournament Registration (Paid to EmBe) $65
  • State Championship Registration (Paid to EmBe) $150 – not all teams advance to the State Championship

How do I find/start a team?

EmBe does not create the teams; you do. Teams can be part of school groups, 4-H, community groups, neighborhood groups, church groups, or just a group of friends who want to experience the fun and excitement of FIRST® LEGO® League. 

What does the FIRST® LEGO® League Challenge season look like?

  • May – September: Teams form, register, and order materials 
  • August: The challenge is released, and teams begin to prepare for the qualifying competitions
  • October: Registration for Regional Qualifiers opens
  • December: Regional Qualifiers
  • Late January – February: State Championships

FAQS – FIRST® LEGO® LEAGUE EXPLORE SEASON

What happens at a festival?

FIRST® LEGO® League Explore festival is a highly creative and exciting event. Teams will share what they have learned through the season by talking about their Show Me Poster and themed LEGO construction. Their audience is parents, volunteers, FIRST® LEGO® League Challenge teams, and other FIRST® LEGO® League Explore teams. Explore teams will visit with a Reviewer who will guide the team in talking about their project, their teamwork, and what they have learned. Reviewers will determine which award best matches the achievements of the team. Festivals are alongside FIRST® LEGO® League Challenge competitions, so teams get to share in the fun and exciting atmosphere.

Approximate Cost for a First Year Team

  • We-Do 2.0 Robot Set (reuseable each year, purchased through LEGO education) $200
  • National Team Registration and Inspire Set (Paid to FIRST) $100
  • Expo Registration (Paid to EmBe) $25

How do I find/start a team?

EmBe does not create the teams; you do. Teams can be part of school groups, 4-H, community groups, neighborhood groups, church groups, or just a group of friends who want to experience the fun and excitement of FIRST LEGO League Explore. If you are looking for a team, you can attend one of our information sessions and find like-minded people.

What does the FIRST LEGO League Explore season look like?

  • May – September: teams form, register, and order their materials
  • August: The challenge is released, and teams begin to prepare for the qualifying competitions
  • October: Registration for Festivals opens
  • December: Festivals

TESTIMONIALS