FIRST LEGO League Robotics


FIRST LEGO League Robotics

FIRST LEGO League (FLL) Robotics is the most accessible, guided, global robotics competition, helping students and teachers to build a better future together. The program is built around theme-based Challenges to engage students in research, problem solving, coding, and engineering. The foundation of the program is the FIRST Core Values, which emphasize teamwork, discovery, and innovation. Students emerge more confident, excited, and equipped with the skills they need in a changing workforce.
From FIRST Inspires 

What’s It Like to Participate?

Tomorrow’s innovators practice imaginative thinking and teamwork.

Guided by two or more adult coaches, FIRST LEGO League Robotics teams are assigned a FIRST challenge every robotics season. Working together, students must identify a real-world problem related to the theme (the 2019-20 theme is “City Shaper”) and are challenged to develop a solution.

Students design, build, and program a robot using LEGO MINDSTORMS® then put the robot to the test to complete challenges on a table-top playing field.

Robotics seasons add up to tons of fun while students apply science, technology, engineering, and math concepts (STEM), plus a big dose of imagination, to solve a problem. Along their journey, they develop critical thinking and team-building skills, basic STEM applications, and even presentation skills, as they must present their solutions with a dash of creativity to judges.

Am I Eligible to Join an FLL Team?

Students enterings grades 4 – 8 in Fall 2019, are eligible to join an FLL Robotics team. All students must complete a Beginning Robotics course to participate. To register for a Beginning Robotics course, click here.

Robotics Team Coordinators

Linda Dee

Meets at Aviara Oaks Elementary: Room 902

  • Aviara Oaks Middle School
  • Aviara Oaks Elementary
  • Pacific Rim Elementary
  • Poinsettia Elementary

Mary Krescanko

Meets at Jefferson Elementary: Room 708

  • Valley Middle School
  • Buena Vista Elementary
  • Jefferson Elementary
  • Magnolia Elementary

Sarah Rines

Meets at Calavera Hills Middle School: Room TBD

  • Calavera Hills Middle School
  • Calavera Hills Elementary
  • Hope Elementary

Nicole Buchanan

Meets at Kelly Elementary School: Room TBD


CEF Robotics Programs

All FIRST® LEGO® robotics programs in the Carlsbad Unified School District are funded by the Carlsbad Educational Foundation. CEF Invests nearly $150,000 annually in robotics for CUSD students. This includes:

  • Second-Grade Robotics: In-class program for all 2nd-grade students
  • FLL Robotics: After-school program for grades 4-8
  • FTC Robotics: After-school program for grades 9-12

The total cost for the 2nd-grade robotics program is a minimum $50,000 investment. The total cost for each FLL team member to participate in the program is approximately $900 per year. The total cost for each FTC team member to participate in the program is approximately $450 per year.

Robotics Partners & Sponsors