The team is cheering on their leaders, set to take the field for their next run. The countdown is screamed through the gym and then – action! As the refs lower their arms the music blares and the screaming intensifies as competition starts. It’s just two kids taking on the field at each pass, getting through as many points as they can in 2:30 after months of careful design and programming. It’s all up to the robots now!
It’s not exactly an athletic competition, but it has all the important features of a sport (including that you can bet on it if you want). Welcome to First Lego League, the challenge of wits more than strength. It’s where the nerdier kids learn all the values of teamwork, persistence, and competition – and have a lot of fun!