September 27, 2017

Starting a FIRST LEGO League Team (MI FLL Team Blast 2017.09)

FIRST Lego League is a team based activity with two theme-based activities:  an autonomously operated LEGO robot game, and a community research project. The cornerstones of the experience are the FLL Core Values, which emphasize contributions of others, friendly competition, learning, and community involvement.  Think of the robot game and the project as what we do, and the Core Values as how we do it.

In Michigan we run FIRST Lego League in the upper elementary grades, starting in 4th grade, through the end of elementary. The programs are aligned to the local (public) school structure, to allow the students to grow through the entire progression of FIRST programs, to develop and enhance their skills beginning in elementary school and all the way through high school.

Michigan FIRST LEGO League MDE Grants Available! (MI FLL Team Blast 2017.08)

This grant will open for submission on Sept. 26th and close on Nov. 7th. The MDE will send information regarding the grant to school/district leadership including Level 5's. FIRST in Michigan will provide similar information to teams at all levels: FLL Jr/FLL/FTC/FRC. Visit for the RFP and sample spending plan. FAQs will be posted soon.

Key MDE Grant Dates*
September 14, 2017 - Grant RFP is announced via eblast memo to districts
September 26, 2017 - Application is live in MEGS+
September 27, 2017 - Technical Assistance Webinar at 1 p.m.**
November 6, 2017 -    Applications due at 11:59pm in MEGS+
November 8, 2017 -    Grant applications reviews
December 20, 2017 -  Awards made via SAMS

*All dates subject to change at the discretion of the MDE.

Studio Nights for Metro Detroit Area FIRST LEGO League Teams (MI FLL Team Blast 2017.07)

Open to all Michigan FIRST LEGO League teams 

Sunday Nights, 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
The Robot Garage Birmingham

September 6, 2017

Ford Motor Company Employee Mentored Team Grant – OPEN! (MI FLL Team Blast 2017.06)

FIRST LEGO League teams with a Ford employee mentor may now apply for Ford team grants at

Instructions are below. Please complete both steps of the process by September 30, 2017.