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; 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.) 
    • 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 event in June