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 Pictured is Kurt Plowman performing his duties as a 2010 FLL Robotics Competition Judge

Pictured is Kurt Plowman, City of Staunton IT Dept., and former President of the SVTC, performing his duties as a Robotics Competition Judge at the state competition in Harrisonburg

The SVTC will again sponsor three new FIRST Lego League (FLL) teams from the Shenandoah Valley, meaning we will reimburse about half of the start up cost of up to three local Shenandoah Valley teams.

Apply Now for the SVTC's FLL sponsorship


Interested in starting a team and participating in FLL? Read more about the Virginia/DC league via the league's website: http://va-dcfll.org/teams/

Info about the national FIRST organization and the 2016 challenge, Animal Allies.

We’re not talking trash – we’re cleaning it up!  In the 2015 FIRST® LEGO® League TRASH TREKSM Challenge, 290,000 children ages 9 to 16* from over 80 countries will explore the fascinating world of trash.  From collection, to sorting, to smart production and reuse, there is more to your trash than meets the eye.  Join FIRST LEGO League teams on a Trash Trek to discover the hidden (or not so hidden) world of trash! - See more at: http://www.firstlegoleague.org/challenge/2015trashtrek#sthash.OpwNnxQU.dpuf

Leading up the December state FLL competition in Harrisonburg are of course are many regional tournaments, hosted across the state during the month of November. The regional (Valley) FLL competition is sponsored by JMU's College of Integrated Science and Engineering, JMU's Research and Scholarship, and of course the Shenandoah Valley Technology Council! This event is also open to the public and we welcome anyone to drop in and check it out. Just come to JMU's ISAT/CS building, located at 701 Carrier Drive. (JMU map, select Skyline).

Regional FIRST Lego League competition (date 11/5/16):

  • Ralph Grove, JMU, College of Integrated Science and Engineering

State of Virginia FIRST Lego League competition, Dec. 2016 (date 12/3/16):



FIRST Lego League (FLL), was created through a partnership between FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) and the LEGO company, and inspires future scientists and engineers.

The FIRST LEGO League (FLL), considered the "little league" of the FIRST Robotics Competition, is the result of a partnership between FIRST and the LEGO Company. FLL extends the FIRST concept of inspiring and celebrating science and technology to children aged 9 through 14, using real-world context and hands-on experimentation.

With the help of LEGO MINDSTORMS Robotics Invention System technology, young participants can build a robot and compete in a friendly, FIRST-style robotics event specially designed for their age group. Using LEGO bricks and other elements such as sensors, motors, and gears, teams gain hands-on experience in engineering and computer programming principles as they construct and program their unique robot inventions.

FLL kids:

  • Design, build and program autonomous robots
  • Use LEGO MINDSTORMSTORMS (tm) technologies
  • Learn teamwork skills
  • Research challenges facing today's scientists
  • Compete in tournaments and present their solutions to a panel of judges
  • Build self-confidence, knowledge and life skills

How FLL Works:

  • Teams of up to 10 kids, ages 9-14
  • Adult coaches and mentors
  • Schools, home schools, churches, civic groups, neighborhood groups
  • Parents, teachers, community volunteers
  • Corporate sponsors
  • New real-world game challenge each year
  • Sports-like tournament events with judges and awards

What FLL Offers:

  • Discovery of the fun in science and technology
  • Real-world application of science and math concepts
  • Hands-on problem solving
  • Programming experience
  • Research presentation project
  • Adult role models
  • Teamwork skills
  • Self-esteem and confidence

To find out more about the FIRST Lego League, as well as the programs available for other age groups, please visit the following link: