FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL) is an international program, created by FIRST and LEGO, designed to get children interested in and excited about science, technology and engineering. Every year, FIRST releases a new challenge that engages the teams in hands-on robotics design and scientific research. The theme for the challenge is different each year, allowing teams to learn about a variety of subjects. Participants, ages 9-14, form teams of 2-10 members. Teams can form from any group: school, scouts, religious organizations, home school groups or even groups of friends. After the challenge has been released, teams have about three months to design, program and build their robot, and prepare an in-depth research presentation related to the challenge theme. The LEGO Mindstorms robotics kit is used to build a robot capable of completing tasks autonomously on the playing field. Team members can use any LEGO parts to build the robot – including parts they already own.

Each team’s hard work culminates in one day, high-energy, sports-like qualifying tournament. During the tournaments, teams have three rounds on the competition tables to get the best score possible. When not competing with their robots, teams give their research presentations, are interviewed about the technical design of their robots, and how they work as teams. Award winners at regional qualifiers advance to January's Championship event, sponsored by National Grid, produced by Rhode Island School of the Future in partnership with Roger Williams University. Those who don't advance to the Championship are eligible to participate in the FLL Robot Invitational, scheduled for January 25, 2014 in the Bello Center at Bryant College, managed by Rhode Island School of the Future in partnership with the Department of Science and Technology at Bryant University. The winners of the Champion’s Award, our most prestigious award, may be eligible to participate in either the FLL International Open in Toronto, or the FLL North American Open at LEGOLand California.

Congratulations to the Award winners at the 2014 Nature' Fury State Championship:

Champion's Award and 1st Place Robot Performance (score of 397) Team Overflow from Barrington Middle School

2nd Place Champion's: Mindstorms Mayhem, All Saints Academy, Middletown

Judge's Award: The Binarians, Homeschool Friends, Narragansett

2nd place Robot Performance (score 374): Hyper Green Oreos, Neighborhood Team, Lincoln

Robot Awards:

Mechanical Design: Gaudet Science Laboratories, Gaudet Middle School, Middletown

Programming: Basement LEGO Team, Homeschool Friends (includes children from RI), Douglas, MA

Strategy and Innovation: Mariner's Fury, Pier Middle School, Narragansett

Project Awards:

Presentation: RoboStorm, Neighborhood Team, Portsmouth

Innovative Solution: CyborGators, Gordon School, East Providence

Research: Radioactive Chickens, Kingston Robotics, Kingston

Core Values Awards:

Teamwork: Ponaganset Robotics, Ponaganset Middle School, Foster-Glocester

Inspiration: Electrifying Storms, Martin Middle School, East Providence

Gracious Professionalism: Storm Watchers, Pier Middle School, Narraganett

Youth Mentor Awards (High School & College Students who are recognized for a being a significant role model and mentor to an FLL team.

Steve Fitzgerald, Storm Watchers, Pier Middle School, Narragansett

Patrick Murphy, Hyper Green Oreos, Lincoln

Brandon Knox, Ponaganset Middle School, Foster-Glocester

Brad Leach, Ponaganset Middle School, Foster-Glocester

Ben Cassesse, MBots, Moses Brown School, Providence

Dakota Dolde, Electrifying Storms, Martin Middle School, East Providence

Nikko Wright, Electrifying Storms, Martin Middle School, East Providence

Linda Cowan, ASFMS, Coventry

Victoria Kapul, ASFMS, Coventry

Nick Grande, RoboStorm, Portsmouth

See FIRST LEGO League Rhode Island in the Media