FIRST LEGO League new season starts with big roar…!

This years FIRST LEGO League season is called “Animal Allies“ where more than 28,000 teams of students age 9 to 16* from more than 80 countries will research the collaboration between the humans and animals. What might become possible when we learn to help each other?

They aim is to find better partnership between these species and show it in a project presentation. Children have to make and program a LEGO Mindstorms robot to solve missions on this years robot game field. Besides that they have to follow the FIRST LEGO League Core Values, such as „We are a team“, „What we discover is more important than what we win“ and „We have fun“.

In Estonian final, the organisers hope to see more than 100 teams, which will be the new record of participating teams per season. In the Estonian final, there will be hopefully 36 participating teams in 7 countries (Estonia, Latvia, Moldova, Ukraine, Greece, Lithuania, Sweden etc).

First Estonian Conference on Educational Robotics


The First Estonian Conference on Educational Robotics was held on 8th of June at Innovation and Business Centre Mektory, Tallinn. The agenda of the event included presentations on the current situation in Educational robotics in Estonia, Finland, Sweden and Great Britain and a series of workshops on relevant topics and trends in teaching Robotics. More than 60 participants attended the conference, including Estonian teachers, key persons in Educational field and guests from Japan, Latvia, Moldova, and Lithuania

FIRST LEGO League Final 2016 in Tallinn


The final of one of the most incredible and largest student robotics event, called FIRST LEGO League (FLL), was held in Tallinn on 12th and 13th of March. The event was organised by NPO Robootika at Song Festival Grounds with over 380 students and supervisors competing, including 41 teams from Estonia, Latvia, Ukraine, Sweden and Moldova.

FLL main organizer Heilo Altin said, “The events have grown rapidly, there are more participants every year and we can see it changing their lives. Their horizon has widened, behaviour changed and interest towards technology and science developed through projects and robots. We really saw in this final that participants were behaving according to core values by helping other teams to fix their robots or clean robot competition tables between sessions.”

The winning team, named Triblox, will represent Estonia in the FIRST LEGO League Open European Championship competition in Tenerife, Spain.

During the event NPO Robootika introduced Robotics for Schools project to the Estonian and international teachers and students. It was a great competition and it was a lot of fun!

Look out for our next blog post where partner Engelbrektsskolan, from Sweden, will describe their experience in the FIRST LEGO League final.

Engelbrektsskolan take part in FIRST LEGO League


"We got the opportunity to participate in the FIRST LEGO League (FLL) finals with four talented students from Engelbrektskolan. We had two fantastic days that offered a lot of inspiration and a lovely festive atmosphere. We are pleased to represent 1 of the 5 countries, and hope to get the opportunity to come back. We thank you for a well-organized event."

Susan Goetzinger Hult - Engelbrektsskolan

RFS team visit Intelligent Robotics Lab


The Robotics for Schools project partners recently met in Birmingham, UK. Along with working on the project resources and upcoming events, the partners were also fortunate to visit the University of Birmingham’s Intelligent Robotics Lab to hear about their work local schools. We were able to see some of their intelligent robots and meet the next generation of roboticists studying this exciting field.

We would like to thank Peter Brewer for helping to arrange the visit, along with the University staff Professor Achim Jung, Dr Nick Hawes, Professor Jeremy Wyatt, and Rustam Stolkin Senior Research Fellow.


You can now access the RoboQuests and other project resources from the menus above. We will be adding more RoboQuests over the coming months and will be inviting teachers to produce their own RoboQuests to share with pupils and teachers across Europe. Don’t forget, teachers should register for a free account to access Robotics Lesson Planning for each RoboQuest. You can access the teacher areas by registering and logging in. You will need a passphrase to register. Use the Contact page to send us a message; please include your official school email address.