Glossary
FIRST® LEGO® LEAGUE

Booster Account

A booster account allows FIRST® Washington to accept and track donations for individual FIRST® LEGO® League teams. Tax-deductible donations are made to the FIRST® Washington organization by check designating the individual team to benefit. The money is then used by the team for legitimate team expenses. Learn more.

Challenge

Each August, FIRST® provides teams worldwide with a new annual Challenge, a task based on a set of real-world problems facing today’s scientists and engineers. Members work in teams to solve the Challenge. The teams compete with one another advance to regional, national, and World Championships.

Challenge Set

The Challenge Set is the practice field for robots created by FIRST® LEGO® League teams. The Challenge Set, new for each season, includes an exclusive selection of LEGO® bricks, dual lock fasteners, and a roll-out field mat. The Set is included with registration, and is sent to you once you have created and registered your FIRST® LEGO® League team for the season.

Coach

A Coach is an adult who works with school-age youth to share their knowledge and guide them through the FIRST® LEGO® League season. Some coaches work with teams weekly throughout the season; others support events or contribute on an as-needed basis. Coaches help teams set goals, facilitate meetings, handle administrative tasks, and ensure that FIRST® LEGO® guidelines are followed. No special technical knowledge is needed to be a coach. Coaches must be screened as part of FIRST’s Youth Protection Program. Learn More.

FIRST LEGO League (FLL)

One of four programs offered by FIRST® Washington, FIRST® LEGO® League helps youth to gain self-confidence, develop people and life skills, make new friends, and explore career paths. FIRST® LEGO® League is designed for students aged 9-14 (grades 4-8). Teams research a real-world problem and are challenged to develop a solution. They design, build, and program a robot using LEGO® MINDSTORMS® and compete on a table-top playing field.

FIRST Washington

FIRST® Washington is home to teams of youth in 4rd through 8th grades who tackle real-world challenges and explore potential careers by building robots and competing in robotics as a team sport. FIRST® Washington aims to inspire all young people in Washington State to be science and technology leaders by immersing them in the captivating field of robotics.

We offer four levels of programs to expose, engage and excite young people aged 6-18 in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).  They learn to cooperate professionally and graciously, and have fun competing with teams from all over the state for prizes and bragging rights.

We welcome youth and volunteers of all backgrounds and abilities. We work deliberately to engage girls and diverse populations to ensure equal access for all in STEM education.

FIRST® Washington is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit public charity.

FIRST

FIRST® is a national organization, based in Manchester, NH, dedicated to inspiring all young people to be science and technology leaders. FIRST® engages students in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, technology, and engineering skills; inspire innovation; and foster life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership.

FIRST® has many regional partners, including FIRST® Washington, who offer FIRST® programs across the country and worldwide.

Founded in 1989, FIRST® is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit public charity.

Lead Coach

The lead coach is the adult whose role is to lead a FIRST® LEGO® League team and handle operational details (organizing meeting times and places, etc.). Lead coaches are responsible for gathering the volunteers needed to make the team successful (mentors, fundraisers, and other volunteers).

Coaches do not need technical expertise, but they must be willing to acquire some basic knowledge of the programming environment and LEGO® robot building. They facilitate, but they don’t intervene in the student’s problem-solving process.

LEGO MINDSTORMS Set

A hardware and software platform designed to engage young people in STEM, LEGO® MINDSTORMS® enable students to build and program robots based on LEGO® building blocks. The set includes motors, sensors, and other materials used to build the robot. During the robot-building process, students learn essential skills, including creativity, collaboration, and problem solving.

Mentor

A mentor is a high school student or adult who provides technical assistance and guidance to a FIRST® LEGO® League team. Often One person serves as both mentor and coach. Mentors give FIRST® LEGO® League participants the opportunity to explore scientific principles and practices while working with a positive role model.

Qualifier Tournament

A qualifier tournament, or qualifier, is a tournament in which regional FIRST® LEGO® League teams compete to advance to regional Championships and the international FIRST® Championship. They are organized by FIRST® Washington and our Regional Leadership Team.

Youth Protection Program

The FIRST® Youth Protection Program includes screenings, training videos, online manuals, and guides for coaches, mentors, parents, and team members – all to ensure our youth are safe. All coaches, mentors, and volunteers who interact with youth participants in FIRST® programs must be screened as part of the Youth Protection Program and undergo a legally required criminal background check.

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