Need help getting started? There are a number of opportunities to attend a FIRST Lego League Challenge “Jump-Start” Training this year! It is a great way for rookie teams to get up to speed, but veteran teams are also welcome. Each Jump-Start is being individually hosted, so the particular agenda may vary, but they typically include breakout sessions where team members and coaches can learn about the robot, the challenge theme (for project prep) and core values. Attendance is free, but you must register by the Wednesday prior to the Saturday event. If the registration number exceeds the capacity of a facility, registration for that event will be closed. At least one adult (team’s coach, mentor, interested parent, etc.) will need to attend with each team (group of 10 students) and be with the students in any of the breakout sessions. No students may be dropped off unaccompanied.

To make the most of this opportunity, it is recommended that you:

  • Build your robot ahead of time. Instructions for a basic robot come with the EV3 or Spike Prime set.
  • Bring your team laptop, if you have one, with the software already loaded. Note that the new software for both EV3 and for Spike Prime is Scratch based. For the old EV3 edition, go to the “EV3 Lab Software”. You can download the free LEGO MINDSTORMS Education EV3 or LEGO EDUCATION SPIKE Prime software HERE or the EV3 Lab Software (original EV3 edition) HERE.


2021 Locations and Dates


HAMMOND: Saturday, August 21st, 10am – 2pm, (deadline to register August 18th) Hammond High Magnet, 45168 River Road, Hammond, LA 70401. YOU MUST REGISTER DIRECTLY WITH FIRST ROBOTICS TEAM Torbotics #2080. INFORMATION AND REGISTRATION LINK


LAFAYETTE: Saturday, August 21st, 8:00-11:30am, (deadline to register August 18th): W.D. & Mary Baker Career Center, 200 18th Street, Lafayette, LA 70501 Parking in the front of the school (go to the right Building H). Bring your robot! REGISTER BELOW . Hosted by FIRST Robotics Competition Team #3616.


BATON ROUGE: Date to be determined.
Hosted by LSU’s Society of Peer Mentors in the College of Engineering.


NEW ORLEANS: Date to be determined.
Hosted by FIRST Robotics Competition Team #4087 – Ben Franklin High School.


SLIDELL: Date to be determined.
Hosted by FLL Team 1406 Smarties, FTC Team 8956 Pyrogen, and FRC Team 1912 Combustion

Questions regarding the Jump Starts may be addressed to Louisiana FIRST LEGO League Program Delivery Partners:

Dr. Annette Oertling and Dr. Michelle Sanchez

FLL Jump Start Registration

  • (name of school, club, etc.)
  • For the Jump-Start in Hammond, use the link in the above paragraph. Dates for the remaining events have not yet been set.
  • Note: There must be at least 1 adult for every 10 students
  • Note: There must be at least 1 adult for every 10 students.