Berkshire Robotics Challenge
Modeled after the FIRST LEGO LEAGUE annual challenge, the Berkshire Robotics Challenge is an opportunity for children from third to eighth grade (ages 8-14) to develop their science and computer skills while designing and programming a robot to complete a challenge. Students work in teams towards a competitive goal while learning problem-solving, teamwork, and sportsmanship.
Each year FIRST LEGO LEAGUE releases a new challenge to teams based on a real-world theme.
The 2023 Challenge theme is Super Powered. Teams will explore where energy comes from and how it is distributed, stored, and used - and then put their super-powered creativity to work to innovate for a better energy future.
The Challenge has three parts:
The Robot Game
Build and program an autonomous LEGO robot
Teams learn more about the science behind the Super Powered Challenge and design a solution to a real-world problem
These are part of what makes FIRST LEGO LEAGUE so special, because kids compete like crazy but respect their teamates, Coashes, and their competitiors - and they have FUN!
Registration, Deadlines and Pricing
Complete the USFIRST coaches screening process and the Massachusetts CORI process.
Follow the USFIRST screening process at the time of registration. More information on the Massachusetts CORI process will be forthcoming.
First Lego League registration fee:
Challenge robot set:
*only needed for teams new to the Challenge
Super Powered Challenge set:
Suggestions for raising the money:
Secure a team sponsor
Challenge Day will be held in March 2023. Specific date and location TBD.
A more detailed timeline, including coaches meetings will be posted shortly.
Team size is limited to 10 kids
Each teams needs a coach and an alternate coach
Support for the coaches is available from the BRC committee, other experienced local coaches, the FIRST LEGO LEAGUE website and a coaches' chatroom.
Specific details of the challenge are contained in the challenge manual.
Berkshire Robotics Challenge 2022 Recap
Congratulations to all the teams that participated in this year's challenge! Prizes were awarded in multiple categories
Challenge Champion: The Husky 4, Herberg Middle School
First Runnerup: The Raging Riots, St. Mary's School
Sportsmanship Award: St. Agnes Angels, St. Agnes Academy
Team Spirit Award: Conte Mechanics, Conte Community School
Most Innovative Design: The Husky 4, Herberg Middle School
Best Programming: BART-Botics, BART Charter School
Best Research Project: Lee RoboWildcats, Lee Elementary School
Comeback Kids: Lee RoboWildcats, Lee Elementary School