December 2, 2016

Progression from FIRST LEGO League to FIRST Tech Challenge (MI FLL Team Blast 2016.14)

Hello Teams,

There have been several questions during the season regarding the Michigan FIRST Progression of Programs.

This year is the second year of the two-year program transition that it taking place in Michigan.

Michigan runs FIRST LEGO League in Upper Elementary, and FIRST Tech Challenge in middle school / junior high.  The goal is to allow the students to grow through the entire progression of programs, to develop and enhance their skills through high school. 

Beginning with the 2017 season, all Michigan FIRST LEGO League Teams are to be made up of only upper elementary school aged students.  The appropriate grades to meet the criteria are determined by the local public school district the team resides within.  This applies to all Michigan FIRST LEGO League teams, whether the team is school based or not.  The decision was made to align the programs to the local school progression, to enhance the opportunities for as many students as possible. 

If you wish to confirm how this applies to your team, please send an email to, with the subject of “Michigan FLL Transition to FTC” and include your team number and location in the body of the email.

Now is a great time to get an FTC kit and start playing around with it. We happen to be giving them for free at this point to help with the transition.

The requirement is just that you come to a spring competition which we will have sometime after the FRC season, probably in late April or May. That gives you lot of time after the FLL season to build your robot and play with the kit. Then come September when the new game is announced you will already have your kit.

Please address questions regarding FTC to Tammy at

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we complete this program transition.
Pamela Williamson
Michigan FIRST LEGO League Partner