The FIRST® LEGO® League Jr. CREATURE CRAZESM and FIRST® LEGO® League ANIMAL ALLIESSM seasons went out with a roar at our final (and largest) events of the season. For 10 straight days at the end of April, the FIRST® community celebrated the official culmination of the 2016-2017 season at the annual FIRST Championship. For the first time, we brought the party to two different cities – Houston, Texas, USA, and St. Louis, Missouri, USA.
Both FIRST LEGO League Jr. and FIRST LEGO League were well represented at the Championships – each event had roughly 60 FIRST LEGO League Jr. and 100 FIRST LEGO League teams. The events were global celebrations for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), with teams from over 30 countries in attendance.
We were so inspired by all the teams we had the chance to meet at the events – here are just a few of our snapshots from the two events:
The FIRST LEGO League Jr. MINI-ENS from New Mexico, USA pose at the Houston World Festival Expo.
The Seaford Sea Lions from Seaford, New York, USA taught us all about opossums in St. Louis
Event goers had fun playing with LEGO® bricks at the Innovation Faire, which was part of each FIRST Championship.
We had the chance to meet some future astronauts in Houston!
There was even a massive 360° photo taken during the Championship Opening Ceremonies in St. Louis! Check it out here (and if you were there, you can tag yourself in the photo): https://gigapixel.panoramas.com/first/2017/.
Congratulations to all the teams that attended the events – we hope you had as much fun as we did! Check out the complete list of FIRST LEGO League World Festival Award Winners and Robot Game scores here:
- Award Winners – World Festival Houston 2017
- Robot Game Scores – World Festival Houston 2017
- Award Winners – World Festival St Louis 2017
- Robot Game Round Scores – World Festival St Louis 2017
If you’d like to join us next year, save these dates for the 2018 FIRST Championships:
- Houston, Texas, USA – April 18-21, 2018
- Detroit, Michigan, USA – April 25-28, 2018
For additional information about this year’s events, check out the press releases located here.
Although the FIRST Championship is the official culminating event for the ANIMAL ALLIES and CREATURE CRAZE seasons, we know the fun will continue with the Open Championships taking place around the world this summer. Stay tuned for future recaps on the Open Championships!