2023 FIRST LEGO League Jump-Starts

 FIRST LEGO League CHALLENGE “JUMP STARTS” in August and September:

Need help getting started?  There are a number of opportunities for you and your team to attend a FIRST Lego League Challenge “Jump-Start” workshop 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 please 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 sets.
* Bring your team laptop, if you have one, with the software already loaded. If you don’t yet have your software, you can download the Spike Prime Education Edition free HERE. This software works on both the Spike Prime and the EV3 (previous version).

Questions regarding the Jump Starts may be addressed to Louisiana FIRST LEGO League Partners Dr. Annette Oertling or Dr. Michelle Sanchez.


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2022 Locations and Dates

  • LAFAYETTE: Saturday, August 20th, 8:00am-noon, 2022 (you must register by Wednesday, August 17th)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 HERE . Hosted by FIRST Robotics Competition Team #3616.
  • HAMMOND: 5th annual FIRST LEGO League Challenge Jump Start on Saturday, Aug. 20th, 9am-2pm, 2022 at Hammond High Magnet School, INFORMATION AND REGISTRATION LINK (you must register by Wed., Aug. 17th).  In addition to break out sessions for programming and team development, they will be engaging participants in a fun activity involving ways to harness the power of energy in an effort to spark possible project ideas prior to meeting with their guest panel of subject matter experts. Hosted by FIRST Robotics Competition Team Torbotics 2080 and FIRST LEGO League Challenge Team Bayou Builders 4043.
  • NEW ORLEANS: Saturday, Sept. 10th, 2022, 8am-noon (doors open at 7:45am for check-in/registration), Ben Franklin High School,  2001 Leon C Simon Dr, New Orleans, LA 70122 (on UNO campus). There will be breakout sessions where teams can learn about basic programming and robot game strategy, and participate in hands-on energy and team building activities. A coach session will also be included. Attendance is free, but teams are limited to 10 students maximum. Snacks will be available for sale. A schedule and detailed information will be emailed and closer to the event date. Hosted by FIRST Robotics Competition Team #4087 – Ben Franklin High School. REGISTER HERE.

2021 Locations and Dates

HAMMOND: Saturday, August 21st, 2021 (moved to virtual format)
Details and Registration may be accessed at
Registration Link for Hammond Jump Start.
Register by Friday, Aug. 20, and you will be sent information regarding accessing the event via Zoom.
LAFAYETTE: Saturday, August 21st, 2021
Details and Registration may be accessed at
Registration Link for Lafayette Jump Start

2019 Locations and Dates

HAMMOND: Saturday, August 17th, 2019, 10am – 2pm, (deadline to register August 14th) 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 24th, 2019, 8:00-11:30am, (deadline to register August 21st):Comeaux High School, 100 W Bluebird Dr, Lafayette, LA 7050 Parking in the back of school – go upstairs to Room 219. Bring your robot! REGISTRATION LINK. Hosted by FIRST Robotics Competition Team #3616.

BATON ROUGE: Saturday, Sept. 7th, 2019, in Patrick F Taylor Hall on LSU’s campus in Baton Rouge. A schedule and detailed information will be emailed and closer to the event date. Focus will be on the robot game, programming and project. Hosted by LSU’s Society of Peer Mentors in the College of Engineering. YOU MUST REGISTER DIRECTLY WITH THE LSU SOCIETY OF PEER MENTORS – INFORMATION AND REGISTRATION LINK.

NEW ORLEANS: Saturday, (tentatively Sept. 7th, 2019), Delgado Community College in City Park in New Orleans, 615 City Park Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119 in the Student Life Center. REGISTRATION LINK (will be posted when available). Hosted by Delgado and FIRST Robotics Competition Team #4087 – Ben Franklin High School.