GLOBAL INNOVATION AWARD
The FIRST ® LEGO® League Global Innovation Award showcases the real-world, innovative solutions created by FIRST LEGO League teams from around the world as part of their annually-themed Challenge.
Demonstrating originality, creativity, potential impact and value, 20 semi-finalist teams from around the world are recognized for their inventions, and receive assistance to further develop solutions, including $20,000 USD to the winning team. Virginia + DC FIRST LEGO League typically gets to nominate 2-3 teams to be considered for the award. This season; two nomination spots will be given out at our VA-DC FIRST LEGO League Regional Championship and the remaining spots will be offered through a virtual submission process in January 2023 (more details to come).
The Global Innovation Awards will be held in June 2023 (location TBA)
What are the similarities/ differences between the Innovation Project and Global Innovation rubrics?
Much of these rubrics are the same; identify a problem using quality research, develop an innovation solution, and share your work. The Global Innovation Award rubric takes a step further and looks at implementation and motivate to implement; has the team thought about what it would take to create their idea, does their team intend to develop their solution.
Take a closer look at a breakdown comparison of the rubrics here.
What happens if our team receives a nomination spot?
If your team receives a nomination spot, VA-DC FLL will then submit your team’s information to FIRST, who will then contact you with next steps.
- Teams will have three weeks to submit their project in writing (due April 21st).
- Public Overview (200 words)
- What problem is the team trying to solve? Why did the team choose this problem?
- Detailed (500 words)
- What is the solution and how does the solution work? (Include relevant details.) How does it solve the problem chosen by the team?
- Innovation Impact (500 words)
- How does the solution solve your identified problem in a new way and/or improve on existing solutions in an impactful way? How do you know your solution will impact who it solves a problem for? (Responses might include descriptions of existing solutions, unique value offered by the team solution, and who benefits from it.)
- How did the team develop the solution? (Explain what process was used to narrow, evaluate, and verify the solution. What steps did you follow?) (300 words)
- How has your drawing/model helped your team and others understand your solution? (Explain how the drawing/model has been refined over time and share any questions it may have raised when sharing with others.) (200 words)
- Implementation (500 words)
- How would the solution be implemented? What factors did you consider (cost, materials, manufacturing, market research etc.) to determine feasibility? (Responses might include applicable analysis and/or professional corroborations.)
- Public Overview (200 words)
- Judges will narrow to 20 Semi-Finalist teams during Early May
- 20 teams will be judged at the event in June
Global Innovation Award Overview
Global Innovation Award:
USPTO Science of Innovation Video: What is Innovation
Innovation Ambassador Teams – Read the Innovation tips blog post from our FIRST LEGO League Innovation Ambassadors.