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Bayou Builders Lego League

BAYOU BUILDERS - FIRST Lego League Team 4043

  • Kids design, build & program robots using LEGO Mindstorm Technology
  • Research challenges facing today’s scientists
  • Learn critical thinking, team-building & presentation skills
  • Participate in tournaments & celebrations

Children must be in 4th-8th grades (9-13 years old), attend a Robotics workshop, submit application and pay a team registration fee. “Build & Competition Season” begins in August though our team meets all year long practicing and perfecting skills needed for the build and competition season.

FIRST Lego League / Bayou Builders Facts

FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology)

FIRST was founded in 1989 to inspire young people's interest and participation in science and technology. Based in Manchester, NH, the 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit public charity designs accessible, innovative programs that motivate young people to pursue education and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math, while building self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills.

"To transform our culture by creating a world where science and technology are celebrated and where young people dream of becoming science and technology leaders." - Dean Kamen, Founder


Elementary and middle-school students get to:

  • Design, build, test and program robots using LEGO technology - Apply real-world math and science concepts
  • Research challenges facing today’s scientists
  • Learn critical thinking, team-building and presentation skills
  • Participate in tournaments and celebrations

What FLL teams accomplish is nothing short of amazing. It’s fun. It’s exciting. And the skills they learn will last a lifetime.

The Bayou Builders – Team #4043

We are a team of 10 highly motivated children ages 9 to 14 from the local community Sponsored by the Louisiana Children's Discovery Center. The team encompasses a wide range of backgrounds from home school to area public schools, one local parochial school and one private Montessori school.

The Challenge

Each Challenge has three parts: the Robot Game, the Project, and the FLL Core Values. Teams of up to ten children, with at least two adult coaches, participate in the Challenge by programming an autonomous robot to score points on a themed playing field (Robot Game), developing a solution to a problem they have identified (Project), all guided by the FLL Core Values. Teams may then attend an official tournament, hosted by one of our FIRST LEGO League Partners.

Past Challenges have been based on topics such as nanotechnology, climate, quality of life for the handicapped population, and transportation. By designing our Challenges around such topics, participants are exposed to potential career paths within a chosen Challenge topic, in addition to solidifying the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) principles that naturally come from participating in the program. Team members also learn valuable life and employment skills which will benefit them no matter which career path they choose.

Donate To Help The Bayou Builders!

If you are interested in donating to help our Bayou Builders, please contact Leon Philpot, the LCDC Director, for sponsorship opportunities at or (985) 340-9150.

Awards & Announcements


The 2016 Bayou Builders are in St. Louis, and are ready for the World Competition! There are teams from ALL over the World and they are so very excited!

What a tremendous honor for them, the Louisiana Children's Discovery Center, Hammond, Tangipahoa Parish, and our home state of Louisiana!!

Take a look at the Bayou Builders video introducing their artificial barrier reef project. As part of the 2016 "Trash Trek" season, teams were challenged to choose one item of trash and follow its journey through the waste stream. We chose to work with discarded glass, which is collected but not recycled in our area. We have developed an artificial barrier reef from discarded glass, reclaimed concrete and scrap metal. We have tested our design and have partnered with The Nature Conservancy in Louisiana to secure needed permitting for launch our reef this Spring in nearby wetlands. The hope is that our reefs will protect our eroding coastal and wetlands while also providing a habitat for oysters and other marine life.

In 2011, the Bayou Builders were invited at the qualifying competition to advance to the Regional Competition where they placed 1st in the “Innovative Solution” Category.

We are very proud to announce that our 2010 Team won the “Rising Star” Award in the first year of the LCDC Bayou Builders FLL Team.