The Challenge

Every year, FIRST® LEGO® League releases a Challenge, which is based on a real-world scientific topic.

Each Challenge has three parts: the Robot Game, the Project, and the Core Values. Teams of up to ten children, with at least two adult coaches, participate in the Challenge by programming an autonomous robot to score points on a themed playing field (Robot Game), developing a solution to a problem they have identified (Project), all guided by the FIRST® LEGO® League Core Values.

Past Challenges have been based on topics such as nanotechnology, climate, quality of life for the handicapped population, and transportation. By designing the Challenges around such topics, participants are exposed to potential career paths within a chosen Challenge topic, in addition to solidifying the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) principles that naturally come from participating in the program. Team members also learn valuable life and employment skills which will benefit them no matter which career path they choose.

The 2022/2023 challenge: SUPERPOWEREDSM

From the machines that move us to the food that sustains us to the wireless technologies that connect us, energy plays an essential role in keeping our world running. During our 2022-2023 robotics season, FIRST ENERGIZE SM presented by Qualcomm , FIRST teams across our programs will reimagine the future of sustainable energy and power their ideas forward.

To empower young people to be leaders and innovators, this year’s energy theme addresses global challenges related to United Nations Sustainable Development Goal #7 -- focused on ensuring access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy for all.

This is the moment to get energized to innovate.

Month Item Details
2022 NOV Registration Registration for the Superpowered SM Season opens
Workshops Intro to Robotics Workshops for Teams (by request)
2023 FEB Official Launch Ceremony Official Launch of the SUPERPOWERED SM Season
MAY National Championship Top teams compete at the National Championship

Please keep checking this page for updates

If you have any questions about what is required at your tournament, please feel free to contact us at NIHERST.

Recap of our 2019 Season