Congrats to the 2020 Winner, Aldeatron Robotix of the Canary Islands, Spain!

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 we have 4 nominations spots; two were given at the VA-DC FLL Challenge Championship and two will be given through a separate nominating process (accepting submissions now).

The Global Innovation Awards will be held remotely from June 28-30, 2021.  Read more here.

VA-DC FIRST LEGO League is now accepting team project submissions for two regional Global Innovation Award nominations spots. Submissions will be accepted until Monday, March 29th at noon. Teams need to submit a link to Innovation Project presentation video (no longer than 5 minutes). Team can also submit supporting documentation (no longer than 2 PDF pages). This can include any graphics, research, data, or information teams want judges to consider. After receiving the team entry, VA-DC FLL will have a panel of project experts review and assess the submissions using the Global Innovation Project rubric.

VA-DC FLL will be accepting team submissions until Monday, March 29th at noon.
Teams will be notified by Thursday, April 1st of whether or not their team has received a nomination spot.
Submit your team’s work HERE!

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.

Can our team submit the project presentation video from regionals?

Absolutely! Most of the elements that our judges will be looking for should have already been included in your innovation project presentation. For anything the team feels is missing, they can include in the optional Supporting Documentation PDF. This can include any graphics, research, data, or information teams want judges to consider. If the team feels like something is missing from their project video, it can be included there.

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.) 
    • Create
      • 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.)
  • Judges will narrow to 20 Semi-Finalist teams during Early May
  • 20 teams will be judged at the virtual event in June