Saturday, November 15, 2008

First Lego League to Skien

Last week I attended "First Lego League" (FLL) with my family. Wow! I'd never heard of this before, until appx 4 months ago. These kids were so excited. Check out the international website of FLL.

FLL runs all over the world at the same time, eventually bringing winners to a world final. We were at one of the locations in Scandinavia, i.e. Kongsberg, Norway. Even though winning was clearly important, the dominant ambition was to succeed with whatever they had planned and worked on weeks ahead.

It just about broke my heart to see one particular young man of about 14 years old crying because he'd been preparing so hard to make that lego robot perform. Although disappointed about the outcome, I believe it prepared him for greater "battles" ahead. How the world needs people who give it their all!

p.s. We're now preparing to bring this event to Grenland next year. Want to get involved..? ;-)

One of many teams during a technical presentation. Listen carefully and you'll hear the crowds outside cheering each other on as they compete "next door". More pictures from this event.


  1. Yes! i'm in :-)
    excellent combination between idea, software development, construction and lots of fun!

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  4. This event wasn't at all what I'd expected. I was impressed by how these young people worked together. It's a great way to build confidence in people who are not necessarily born athletes. This is a brain power thing, as well as building social skills. I like it!

    Also added a link...