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FIRST LEGO League 2021-22 Season Theme Announced: Cargo Connect!

Each year LEGO Education and FIRST Robotics come together for the FIRST LEGO League season competition and unveil a brand new theme and exclusive sets. This year’s theme will be Cargo Connect – exploring the ins and outs of modern transportation – where students will learn how cargo is transported, sorted, and delivered to its destinations.

There are three divisions of FIRST LEGO League:

FLL Discover (Ages 4-6) This is the introductory level of FLL that ignites younger children’s natural curiosity and builds their habits of learning with hands-on activities in the classroom and at home. This year, FLL Discover has a set for Cargo Connect:

FLL Explore (Ages 6-10) In Explore, teams of students ages 6-10 focus on the fundamentals ofengineering as they explore real-world problems, learn to design and code, and create unique solutions made with LEGO bricks and powered by LEGO® Education WeDo 2.0. This year, FLL Explore has a set for Cargo Connect:

FLL Challenge (ages 9-16 [ages vary by country]) Friendly competition is at the heart of Challenge, as teams of students engage in research, problem-solving, coding, and engineering – building and programming a LEGO® Education SPIKEPrime or LEGO MINDSTORMS® robot that navigates the missions of a robot game. As part of Challenge, teams also participate in a research project to identify and solve a relevant real-world problem. This year, the robot game is themed to Cargo Connect:

Registration is open for Cargo Connect, and you can go to FIRST’s page fo further information on registration: FIRST LEGO League Explore Challenge and Season
Here are some more graphics from the Robot Game, with some comments and questions for teams. Only these photos have been released – further instructions about the Robot Game will be released in August.
The Challenge Board – this is a 4 foot x 8 foot table with a border wall. Like last year, there is a staging area in black beside the home zone, which is the bottom left corner of the mat. For teams, find the destinations that are easiest to get to.
Here’s a tournament setup – two tables are put together and teams work from opposite corners. One thing that should be noted here is that the helicopter above one table actually is controlled by the other team – it drops cargo. Here’s a closer look:
and it’s position on the table:
Here are some other models:
and some looks at the game board:
What’s the fastest way to get across the board?
What are the black lines?
And here’s a robot on the course.
Finally, there’s a teaser video to see some of the challenges in action! will be releasing more resources as they are released.

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