FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions about the FIRST® LEGO® League Global Innovation Award
FIRST may amend this FAQ at any time.

  • What is the FIRST LEGO League Global Innovation Award?
    • The FIRST LEGO League program trains kids to think like innovators. The FIRST LEGO League Global Innovation Award is a competition designed to showcase the real-world, innovative solutions that FIRST LEGO League teams create as a result of their Project. Any registered FLL team can enter. It’s completely voluntary, and not part of the FIRST LEGO League season.
  • When is the competition?
    • The competition runs from October 28, 2014, at 12:00 pm noon ET (1200hrs) to February 10, 2015, 2:00 pm ET (1400hrs).
  • When can we upload our team submission?
    • Teams may begin uploading their submissions on October 28, 2014. Please note: Once you click “Save,” your submission will be viewable by the public.
  • Can I edit my submission after I click “Save?”
    • Yes. You may make changes to your submission until February 10, 2015 at 1:59 pm ET (1359hrs). Please note: the competition closes promptly at 2:00 pm ET (1400hrs). Any changes made after 2:00 pm ET (1400hrs) will not be saved.
  • Can I enter my team’s submission after February 10, 2015 at 2:00 pm ET (1400hrs)?
    • No. The site will close promptly at 2:00pm ET (1400hrs).
  • Who can participate?
    • Only FIRST LEGO League teams registered for the 2014 FLL WORLD CLASS℠ season may submit inventions. Teams must be in compliance with all current FLL rules in order to be considered for the FIRST LEGO League Global Innovation Award.
    • Only one of the team’s adult coaches (over 18 years of age) may submit the team’s submission on http://fllinnovation.firstlegoleague.org
  • How do I enter?
    • Have your coach register your team on the FIRST LEGO League Global Innovation Award website at http://fllinnovation.firstlegoleague.org. Read all the rules and Terms of Conditions, upload your submission. It’s that simple!
  • What inventions can teams submit?
    • FIRST LEGO League teams may submit their invention created as a result of the FLL WORLD CLASS℠ Project, found here: http://firstlegoleague.org/currentchallenge.
    • FIRST LEGO League will accept a wide range of inventions related to the FLL WORLD CLASS℠ Project, including products and processes. A team may make only one (1) submission. Submissions must comply with the award’s Terms and Conditions.
  • Do I “win” a patent?
    • No. No one can “win” a patent.
  • Do I have to have a patent to enter the competition?
    • No, but we strongly encourage your team to file a provisional patent application for your invention in your home country. Your invention will be made public on the website during the competition, and your team should make every effort to protect your idea! You can get more information here.
  • Do I have to attend a tournament or win an award at a tournament to be eligible for the FIRST LEGO League Global Innovation Award?
    • No. You only have to be a FIRST LEGO League team registered for the current season.
  • How many inventions may a team submit?
    • One (1). A team may make only one (1) submission.
  • How does a team submit an invention?
    • Returning Users from last season:
      • Returning coaches can login to the site using the email address and password from last season. If you forgot your password click on the “Forgot your Password?” link and you will be directed to reset it.
    • New Users:
      • Click on the “Create account to Submit Team Idea” link in the left sidebar. Fill in required information and agree to the Terms and Conditions. Once the “Create New Account” button is clicked, an email will be sent to the coach to confirm the account and create a password. The coach will then be directed to a form to enter the team’s invention.
      • Only an adult coach (over 18 years of age) may submit the team’s submission. Coaches who represent more than one (1) team wishing to submit inventions for different teams must create a separate account for each team using a separate email address.
      • Prior to creating an account the coach should have the following information about the team’s invention readily available:
        • Required*
        • Name of Invention* (40 character limit)
        • Team Name*
        • Team Number
        • Team Location*
        • Team Website
        • Team image* (photo or team logo)
          • Due to FIRST compliance with youth protection, we cannot allow a photo that includes the face of any person under the age of 18. Alternatively, you may choose a generic avatar provided by FIRST.
          • Files must be uploaded in .jpg or .png format
          • Files must be less than 15 MB.
        • Brief description of your FLL team* (1000 characters or less)
          • Do not include any personal identifiable information about children under 18 years old.
        • Invention Description* (750 characters or less)
          • Description of the problem your team chose and how your invention solves it. This will be viewed by the public. The information in the secure area is to help the judges understand how your invention meets the FIRST LEGO League Global Innovation Award criteria. This information will only be seen by the judges and will not be public.
        • Question 1: Problem Identification* (500 characters or less)
          • Describe the problem your team is trying to solve and why you chose it. (500 characters or less)
        • Question 2: Detailed Description* (1000 characters or less)
          • Explain how your invention works and how it solves the problem you chose.
        • Question 3: Innovation* (1000 characters or less)
          • Describe how your invention improves on existing solutions.
        • Question 4: Implementation* (1000 characters or less)
          • What would be necessary to implement your solution? May include brief descriptions of cost, prototyping, discussion with manufacturers or patent attorneys, market research, or other analysis you have done.
        • Supporting documents (if applicable)
          • Upload supporting diagrams/drawings/photos/prototype details. Help tell your "invention story" and keep file concise (one page, 8.5 x 11) as judges have limited time to evaluate.
          • Files must be less than 10 MB.
          • Allowed file types: .txt .pdf .jpg
        • Demographics*
          • The information in this area is for data collection purposes only. This information is only viewable by FIRST staff and will not be shared.
        • Additionally, coaches must:
          • Verify that all of the team members who worked on this invention were between the ages of 9 and 14 (9 to 16 outside North America) for the current season.*
          • Agree to send at least two (2) student representatives and two (2) adult coaches to:
            • FIRST LEGO League World Festival in St. Louis, Missouri, USA in April 2015 to present their idea to a panel of judges, if chosen as a Semi-Finalist (top 20 teams selected by the judges). *
            • an Awards Ceremony in the Washington, DC, USA area the week of June 15, 2015, if selected as a Finalist team (top 3 teams selected by the judges).*
        • Agree to the Terms and Conditions of the FLL Global Innovation Award.*
  • Who judges our submissions? Is it fair?
    • We ask experts in science, technology, engineering and manufacturing to judge submissions. We also ask subject matter experts that relate to the Challenge theme to judge. Every submission is reviewed. No personal information that would cause bias is ever given to the judges (team name, ages, gender, or location).
  • When will we find out who the finalists are?
    • The Semi-Finalists (top 20 teams selected by the judges) will be announced in March 2015. Three (3) Finalists will be chosen at World Festival in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, in April 2015.
  • When will the winner be announced?
    • The winner will be announced at a special ceremony in the Washington, DC, area the week of June 15, 2015.
  • Where can I learn more about patents?
  • How will the winners be determined?
    • Judging will be based on:
      • Problem Identification - clear definition of the problem to be solved
      • Innovation – improves in some meaningful way on existing solutions
      • Implementation – team has considered the factors necessary for implementation (ex: cost, manufacturing, etc.) and the idea is feasible. Team shows motivation to implement
      • Effective use of STEM principles (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math)
  • Can a team promote their invention?
    • Yes. Post a link on a team blog, tweet about it, and spread the word among your social network.
  • Does a team’s participation in this competition affect other aspects of FLL?
    • No. The FLL Global Innovation Award is optional and in no way affects the judging outcome of official FLL Qualifiers or Championships. FLL does not set judging rules for Community or Unofficial Events.