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What is FIRST LEGO League?

FIRST and LEGO Group joined forces to create FIRST LEGO League, a powerful programme that engaged children in playful and meaningful learning while helping them discover the fun in science and technology. FIRST LEGO League is a global programme with a presence in 80 countries. Geared toward participants of 9 to 16 years (ages vary by country of participation), the programme utilises theme-based challenges to engage children in research, problem solving, and engineering. The cornerstones of the programme are its Core Values, which emphasize contributions of others, friendly competition, learning, and community involvement.

Each annual challenge has three parts: the Project; the Robot Game; and Core Values. Working in teams of up to 10 children, and guided by at least two adult coaches, team members have approximately 10 weeks to:

  • Build an autonomous robot that will, in two minutes and 30 seconds, complete pre-designed missions
  • Analyse, research, and invent a solution for a given assignment and present it
  • Program a robot using LEGO MINDSTORMS, and then compete on a table-top playing field
  • Present the Core Values of how the team worked in the 10 week journey

The culmination of all that hard work for many teams is the participation in an event. FIRST LEGO League events are much like sporting events! Referees monitor and score the Robot Game. Judges review team presentations, robot design, and their demonstration of Core Values.

It all adds up to tons of fun while they learn to apply science, technology, engineering, and mathematics concepts (STEM), plus a big dose of imagination, to solve a problem. Along their discovery journey, they develop critical thinking and team-building skills, basic STEM applications, and even communication and presentation skills, as they must showcase their solutions with a dash of creativity to judges. They will also practice the programme’s signature core values, gracious professionalism and coopertition.

**Coopertition is displaying unqualified kindness and respect in the face of fierce competition. It is founded on the concept and a philosophy that teams can and should help and cooperate with each other even as they compete.

First Lego League Competition

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FIRST LEGO League in Trinidad and Tobago

For the 2016-2017 season, Animal Allies, the Trinidad and Tobago operational partner NIHERST will be responsible for the coordination of one national championship.

Participants enter in teams of 4-10 and must be between 9-16 years and citizens or residents of Trinidad and Tobago. At least one adult mentor (teacher or parent) will work with each team.

June 2016 Soft (social media) Launch
June - September 2016 Marketing campaign and information sharing
September 2016 Registration for participants
21st October 2016 Deadline for registration
22nd October 2016 Coach and mentor training
November 2016 Formal Launch
November – December 2016 Training workshop and Preliminary Event
January – February 2017 FIRST LEGO League T&T Championship preparation
March 2017 FIRST LEGO League T&T Championship
April 2017 FIRST LEGO League World Festival (Houston, Texas)
Registration can be done here
For more information or to register contact:
Innovation Dept. c/o
Ginelle Cox: 663-6130 Ext 0 | 77 Eastern Main Rd. St Augustine
Geni Peters-Ford: 622-7505 Ext 1010 | 8 Serpentine Rd., St. Clair
Althea Gonzales: 642-6112/9371 | NIHERST/NGC National Science Centre

Media Releases

Trinidad and Tobago pioneers with FIRST® LEGO® League

FLL Lauch Material

FLL Launch Opening Remarks
FLL Launch Greetings by Shell Trinidad Ltd
FLL Launch Closing Remarks


EV3 introductory Program
NIHERST Preliminaries Hints
NIHERST Preliminaries Judging Checklist Form
NIHERST Preliminary Rules
NIHERST Preliminary Research Project
Preliminaries in Preparation for FLL TT
FLL Preliminaries Bin
FLL Preliminaries See Saw
Lego Building Instructions FLL Car
FLL PReliminaries Mission Build Notes Updated

Team registration fee including provision of LEGO MINDSTORMS: TTD 5,128.80
Team registration fee without the provision of LEGO MINDSTORMS: TTD 1,500.00

What is FIRST?

FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) was founded in 1989 to inspire young people's interest and participation in science and technology. Based in Manchester, this non-profit public charity designs accessible, innovative programmes that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership.

FIRST challenges young people to think, create, cooperate and learn. They are challenged to design, build and programme robots in a sport for the mind league. But it’s more than robots, it’s about building life skills, self-confidence and transforming young lives, moulding them for the future.

FIRST is a family of four programmes, each level designed to help young people develop new skills, learn how to work as a team and practice gracious professionalism, in other words helping team mates and non-team mates.


NIHERST is the operational partner in Trinidad and Tobago. NIHERST was charged with the design, delivery and management of the FIRST LEGO League programme in Trinidad and Tobago by LEGO Education.

NIHERST, LEGO Education and FIRST ( share common aims and objectives, to motivate young people to pursue education and career opportunities in STEM (and STEM Robotics Robotics where LEGO® Education is concerned), while building self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills.

One of the activities that would be introduced out of this partnership would be the hosting of a FIRST LEGO League in Trinidad and Tobago, while FIRST has a presence in the Dominican Republic, this would be the first English speaking Caribbean nation to have such a programme.

FIRST LEGO League, Trinidad & Tobago Launch

Acting President of NIHERST delivering the Opening Remarks
The Honourable Anthony Garcia delivering the Feature Address
Participants giving a demonstration of the Animal Allies table to Sr management of Shell and NIHERST..

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Other Partners

Shell Trinidad Ltd. (Social Investment Partner)

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Shell has been in Trinidad and Tobago for over 100 years and continues to play a major role in the development of its oil and gas industry.

Shell holds equity in the four trains at Atlantic LNG, the sixth largest LNG exporter in the world and is present in offshore and onshore blocks (both operated and non-operated).

The Shell / BG combination strengthens Shell’s position in Trinidad and Tobago in the upstream, as the second highest producer and affords Shell the opportunity to deliver an integrated gas operation to supply the domestic market and Atlantic LNG for export.

Shell is committed to key corporate social responsibility pillars, STEM education, youth development through education and developmental activities in our fence-line communities. By investing in STEM education, Shell strives to deliver enduring and wider socio-economic benefits, contribute to government priorities for employment and economic development; and develop the long-term skills needed for the energy industry.

Shell Trinidad Ltd is proud to sponsor the 2016 cycle of the LEGO league.

Sacoda Serv

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Sacoda Serv implements STEM projects for Shell Trinidad Ltd. Sacoda Serv provides a comprehensive range of qualitative and quantitative market research services. They tailor each and every project to suit the specific needs of clients, offering services from traditional one-to-one and central location interviewing, to new online research methodologies.

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