Nebraska FIRST LEGO League team playing robot games

FIRST is a not-for-profit organization devoted to helping young people discover and develop a passion for science, engineering, technology, and math. The annual programs culminate in an international robotics competition and celebration where teams win recognition, gain self-confidence, develop people and life skills, make new friends, and perhaps discover an unforeseen career path. In Nebraska, FIRST robotics programs are organized by Nebraska 4-H.

The mission of FIRST is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders and innovators, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering, and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership. For more information, please visit the FIRST website.

FIRST Lego League Jr.

GRADES K-4

It's never too early to discover STEM! Through exploratory research, hands-on construction, teamwork, imagination, and fun with LEGO elements, FIRST® LEGO® League Jr. challenges teams of up to six kids to explore a real-world scientific concept, then build a motorized model and develop a Show Me Poster to illustrate their journey of discovery. Throughout the season, adult coaches provide guidance and inspiration.

FIRST LEGO League Jr.

FIRST Lego League

GRADES 4-8

With adult coaches to guide them, FIRST® LEGO® League teams (up to 10 members) apply science, engineering, and math concepts, plus a big dose of imagination, to develop solutions to real-world challenges. They also design, build, and program LEGO MINDSTORMS®-based robots to perform autonomous "missions" on a playing field. Along the way, they develop critical thinking, team-building, and presentation skills.

FIRST LEGO League

FIRST Tech Challenge

GRADES 7-12

Following a sports model, FIRST Tech Challenge teams (10+ members) design, build, program, and operate robots of their own design to play a floor game in an alliance format. 

Note: Nebraska 4-H no longer coordinates FIRST Tech Challenge events or competitions. For more information about FIRST Tech Challenge, please visit the national FIRST Tech Challenge site.

CALENDAR OF FIRST ROBOTICS EVENTS

DateLocationPROGRAMDescriptionCost
January 11, 2020 West Elementary School
2350 Osage Street
Sidney, NE
FIRST LEGO League

Nebraska FIRST LEGO League Qualifying Tournament

(Max Quantity: 24 teams)

Event registration is closed.

Event information will follow after the registration deadline!

$75
January 11, 2020

West Elementary School
2350 Osage Street
Sidney, NE

FIRST LEGO League Jr.

Sidney FIRST LEGO League Jr. Showcase


Contact Lynn Mckinney at lmckinney3@unl.edu for event questions.

Click here to download registration form. Event registration closes on 12/01/19.

$20
January 18, 2020 Columbus Middle School
2300 27th Street
Columbus, NE 68601

FIRST LEGO League

Nebraska FIRST LEGO League Qualifying Tournament

(Max Quantity: 48 teams)

Event registration is closed.

Event information will follow after the registration deadline!

$75
January 18, 2020 Columbus Middle School
2300 27th Street
Columbus, NE 68601

FIRST LEGO League Jr.

Columbus FIRST LEGO League Jr. Showcase


Contact Jayd Roberts at jroberts41@unl.edu for event questions.

Click here to download the registration form. Event registration closes on 12/13/19.

$20
January 25, 2020

Nebraska City High School
141 Steinhart Park Rd.
Nebraska City, NE 68410

FIRST LEGO League

Nebraska FIRST LEGO League Qualifying Tournament

(Max Quantity: 48 teams) 

Event registration is closed.

Event information will follow after the registration deadline!

 
$75
February 1, 2020 Lewis & Clark Middle School
13502 S 38th Street,
Bellevue, NE 68123
FIRST  LEGO League

Nebraska FIRST LEGO League Qualifying Tournament

(Max Quantity: 32 teams)-FULL

Event registration is closed.

Event information will follow after the registration deadline!


$75
February 22, 2020 Strategic Air and Space Museum
28210 W Park Hwy
Ashland, NE 68003
FIRST LEGO League

Nebraska FIRST LEGO League Championship Tournament


Registration information (Available 1/24/20)

$75
February 22, 2020 Strategic Air and Space Museum
28210 W Park Hwy
Ashland, NE 68003
FIRST LEGO League Jr. Nebraska FIRST LEGO League Jr. Showcase

(Max Quantity: 10 teams)

Registration coming soon!

$45
March 19, 2020 York City Auditorium
612 N Nebraska Ave
York, NE 68467
FIRST LEGO League Jr.

York FIRST LEGO League Jr. Showcase at the York Involvement Fair

(Max Quantity: 10 teams)

Click here to download the registration form.

$20

For questions about this program or the information on this page, please contact:

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COORDINATOR: Brandy W. Schulze
EMAIL: bwagner5@unl.edu
PHONE: 402-472-9023