You can help Lego Bistro earn the FLL Global Innovation Award! Please use this link to be taken to the FLL site where you can vote daily for our invention: Grocery Store Produce Germ Eliminator.

The top 10 teams will get their idea reviewed by the final panel of judges. The top winner will receive a $250,000 grant to develop and market their idea.

Use this link to place your vote. No personal information is needed--it is a simple 10 second process. Voting identification is based on your IP address. You can vote once for each 24 hour period!

What Sets FLL Apart?

FIRST Lego League is more than just playing with robots and competing with other teams.  You know about the project, but what really sets FLL apart are it's Core Values.  The FLL Core Values are the cornerstones of the FLL program. They are among the fundamental elements that distinguish FLL from other programs of its kind. By embracing the Core Values, participants learn that friendly competition and mutual gain are not separate goals, and that helping one another is the foundation of teamwork.  Here they are:
  • We are a team.
  • We do the work to find solutions with guidance from our coaches and mentors.
  • We know our coaches and mentors don't have all the answers; we learn together.
  • We honor the spirit of friendly competition.
  • What we discover is more important than what we win.
  • We share our experiences with others.
  • We display Gracious Professionalism and Coopertition™ in everything we do.
  • We have FUN!
 (Taken from the FLL website:

Competing in FLL can become very intense during the season, which runs September through January.  For Lego Bistro, our 2011 season meetings happened for 3 hours every Friday with "open labs" for programming time on Tuesdays and Thursdays for 2 hours each.  We also met at other times when we had an opportunity to connect with a mentor.  Additionally, we participated in 5 competitions and scrimmages which began on Saturdays at about 7am and lasted from five to eight hours each. 

What compels kids to continue in such an intense sport?  You might come up with all kinds of reasons.  For those kids who have an aptitude for science and technology, robotics and legos are a natural fit--even if they are somewhat addictive.  :)  However, kids who do not have previous experience with legos or programming are supported here as well.  Each team member contributes meaningfully and feels included.  My personal belief is that when the team lives the Core Values of FLL, it leads to a rich and rewarding educational experience that effects the kids not just for the season, but for the many years to come.