First Lego League

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Sa. 13.01.2024
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TU Ilmenau
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The event is financially supported by:

- plano solutions gmbh Ilmenau

- Initiative Erfurter Kreuz e.V.

- Rewe Digital Ilmenau

- Henkel & Roth Ilmenau

- Sparkasse Arnstadt/Ilmenau

First Lego League Challenge Regional Competition 2023


On January 28, 2023, the TU Ilmenau will host the First Lego League Challenge, a research and robotics competition for 9- to 16-year-old students from Germany, Austria and Switzerland (DACH).Like real engineers, the young people work in teams to design, program and test a fully automated robot and conduct research on a topic of their own choice from the field of energy. In three robot game rounds and a presentation in front of a jury, they demonstrate their young researcher qualities and can qualify for the next stage of the First Lego League Challenge. The winning team will compete at the grand international finals onMarch 24/25, 2023 in Dresden, Germany will be determined.

At the regional competition in Ilmenau, around 80 boys and girls from Ilmenau, Sonneberg, Kronach, Jena, Zella-Mehlis and Oberweißbach will compete in eight teams. In the exciting atmosphere of a sports event, the participants compete in the categories of research, robot game, robot design and basic values and determine an overall winning team.

The TU Ilmenau receives organizational support for the realization of the competition from the regional companies CSI Ilmenau and the Wirtschaftsjunioren Thüringer Wald e. V.

Brief description

FIRST® LEGO® League challenge is a support program that introduces children and young people to science and technology in a sporty atmosphere. This is intended to make it easier for them to access scientific subjects and to awaken their motivation to learn an engineering or IT profession at an early age.

The aim is

- to get children and young people interested in science and technology

- Development of team spirit among the participating groups

- to encourage children and young people to master complex tasks with creative solutions

The research and robot competition combines the fun of technology and science with the exciting atmosphere of a sporting event. As a team, the children and young people work on a common topic like real engineers. They plan, program and test a fully automated robot to master tricky missions. They have the opportunity to gain valuable practical experience in working with complex technologies and improve their problem-solving skills - and all this with a lot of fun and imagination!

All information about the First Lego League general

Contest Day - January 28, 2023

The entire event is open to the public and guests are welcome!

The time schedules are as follows:

9:00 - 9:30 a.m. - Opening in the Audimax/Humboldt Building

from 9:45 a.m. jury discussions (see notice room plan)

9:55 - 10:30 am Round 1 Robotgame in the Audimax

11:05 - 11:40 am Round 2 Robotgame in the Audimax

12:45 - 13:05 Round 3 Robotgame in the Audimax

14:00 - 14:45 Selected research and robot design presentations in the Audimax

14:55 - 15:40 Semi-finals and final Robotgame in the Audimax

16:00 - 16:00 Award ceremony


Each year, the theme of the Research and Robotics Competition concerns a different current societal challenge. For the theme of the 2022/2023 season. "SUPERPOWERED - Energy of the Future" is all about energy. The competition takes place in four categories: In the "Robot Game," teams compete with their self-designed and programmed robots. On a playing field measuring almost four square meters, the robots have to autonomously perform various tasks and thus collect points. In the "Research" category, the team that convinces with creative scientific solutions and a well-founded presentation of the research results wins. The trophy for the best "Robot Design" goes to the team that constructs an innovative, robust robot and explains the development process most coherently to the judges. And in the "Core Values" category, the team that shows the most enthusiasm, sportsmanship and respect for its own team members and for opposing teams wins. The team that receives the most points overall qualifies for the next stage of the competition before the grand Lego League finals in March.

Ilmenau is the venue for one of the 38 regional competitions in Germany for the second time. The fact that the elimination round is taking place here is thanks to the two initiators Volker Rusch and Udo Hegenbarth. Volker Rusch, Chairman of the Committee for Schools, Culture and Sports of the Ilm District, is the patron of the first Ilmenau regional competition. And Udo Hegenbarth already supervised a Lego team at the Goetheschule Ilmenau in earlier Lego League competitions for many years.


Further information is available here