MHTA – Minnesota FIRST® LEGO® League (MN FLL®) is part of an international program that includes more than 200,000 kids in 63 countries. It is a team-based, hands-on program that provides challenging and exciting learning opportunities for students aged 9 to 14.
The theme for this year’s competition is “Senior Solutions” and students will be building and programming a LEGO Mindstorm robot to accomplish missions related to the joys and challenges of aging. Students will also be identifying a challenge faced by a senior in their lives and developing an innovative solution to keeping that senior engaged, independent and connected to their community. During the FIRST® LEGO® League tournaments, each teams robot will compete in three 2.5 minute performance rounds, present their innovative solution and be judged on their technical design and programming.
Minnesota has the most FIRST® LEGO® League teams (509 teams) per capita in the world, one team for every 10,500 residents in Minnesota. High Tech Kids, a Minnesota 501 (c)(3) nonprofit, supports FLL teams in Minnesota by offering training, tournament opportunities, research workshops, volunteer coordination and community outreach.
Since its inception in 1999, High Tech Kids has grown from serving 175 youth to more than 25,000 across the state, with the help of over 700 volunteers. Minnesota FIRST® LEGO® League spurs innovation, develops teamwork and leadership skills and promotes excitement in science and technology. Tournaments are free and open to the public.