You may have noticed a few changes to the FIRST ® LEGO® League Challenge materials for the CITY SHAPERSM season.  The Challenge Guide format used for several years has been updated with the printed Engineering Notebook and Team Meeting Guide, which are being shipped to teams.

There are also many CITY SHAPER resources available on the FIRST LEGO League Resource Library, including mission model build instructions, the kickoff video, and a one-page synopsis of the Challenge.

Haven’t received your Challenge Set yet? You can still get started on your Innovation Project by researching architecture and architecture-related problems in your community.

So, let’s start at the beginning:

In the Innovation Project, your team will:

  • Identify a problem with a building or public space in your community.
  • Design a solution.
  • Share your solution with others and then refine it.

If you don’t have your Engineering Notebooks and Team Meeting Guide yet, it might be helpful to know how we define “building” and “public space.”  A building is simply a human-made assembly with a roof and walls intended as a place for people to live, work or play.  A public space is an area or place that is open and accessible to all people. This include plazas, squares and parks, and connecting spaces like sidewalks and streets.

Architects, engineers and builders – along with many other professionals – tackle problems with buildings and public spaces every day.  Some of the most pressing problems include things like building with sustainable materials, creating energy efficient structures, reducing traffic congestion, repairing aging infrastructure, increasing accessibility and inclusivity, and reducing the damage caused by natural disasters.  Each CITY SHAPER Robot Game Mission could be an example to help your team get started in the Innovation Project.  It might help to view the CITY SHAPER Kickoff Video with your team to see if you can come up with a problem you would like to explore:

Here are a few web sites* to get you started on your CITY SHAPER journey:

Architecture – General:

Accessibility and Inclusivity:

Disaster Mitigation:

Energy Efficiency / Sustainability in Architecture:


As always, if you have questions about the CITY SHAPER Innovation Project, please contact


*External links were selected and reviewed at the time of this blog entry’s publication. However, FIRST® is not responsible for the content of external websites