First Lego League is an international program aimed towards getting learners from the age of 9-16 years old interested in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. The children work in teams and need a coach to guide them. The School of ICT at Nelson Mandela University train the coach and the learners.

A FIRST LEGO League challenge has three parts:

  • A research assignment called “The Project”. In the project learners must research a defined, real-world problem affecting their community and design an innovative solution for the problem.
  • A “Robot Game” where students design, build and program a robot using LEGO MINDSTORMS technology. The robot must be developed to autonomously complete a series of missions on a thematic playing field
  • Learners participate in the Robot Game and the Project while demonstrating 8 Core Values. The core values teaches learners important life skills such as problem solving, critical thinking, creativity and teamwork.

We do provide training free of charge to anyone interested. We facilitate a series of two day Lego Robotics workshops to teams and their coaches at a date that suits each team. 



3, 2, 1 LEGO

Gather your crew and get ready to explore, challenge and innovate in the demanding and 
inspiring expanse we call space! The 2018/201FIRST® LEGO® League season requires you to work together to break out of your earthly constraints. Do you have what it takes to explore living in and travelling through space? 

This year the Nelson Mandela Universiry School of ICT will be hosting a regional qualifying tournament for the latest FLL Challenge in October 2019

We’ll be facilitating an information session, where you will be given an explanation of First Lego League. Lego Robotics workshops offered on dates chosen by you, but you’re welcome to send members to these workshops as well.  The first day will cover the basic content through the exercises we had before and the 2nd day will be focusing on the robot game from last year.

The official challenge release workshop and challenge documents will be released in August 2019. In the meantime, you can start organizing your teams and create a space for them to familiarize themselves with the theme for this year.  

In the 2018 FIRST LEGO League Challenge, more than 28,000 teams of students age 9 to 16* will explore and travel through space.  

FIRST LEGO League challenges children ages 9 to 16* to think like scientists and engineers. During the season, teams will choose and solve a real-world problem in the Project. They will also build, test, and program an autonomous robot using LEGO MINDSTORMS technology to solve a set of missions in the Robot Game. Throughout their experience, teams will operate under Core Values celebrating discovery, teamwork, and Gracious Professionalism®. 
Contact information
Ms Annelise Du Preez
HOD - Department of Applied Technologies
Tel: +27 41 504 3143

Miss Amanda Jaggers
PR Intern
Tel: 041 504 3938