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World Festival Champions

2017-18 Hydro Dynamics

World Festival Coach Award

2016-17 Animal Allies

Open Invitational Champions

2014-15 World Class

Not the Droids You are Looking For is a youth robotics team from Pittsburgh, PA, USA. We participate in robotics-related activities all year round. We have have won a Champion's (First, Second or Third) and Robot Performance Award at State-Level every year we have competed for seven years. We have been to world-level tournaments five times. At World-Level, we have won Innovative Solution (First), Robot Performance (Second), Programming (First), Coach Award, and been the Champion's team twice. We are the World Champion team of the 2017/18 Hydro Dymanics season. There are more than 35,000 teams globally that compete in FIRST LEGO League annually. The top 108 are invited to World Festival. One team is given the Champion's Award.

We help and collaborate with FIRST teams as well as LEGO MINDSTORMS enthusiasts locally and globally. Our primary goal is to encourage other kids to learn robotics and programming, and share our love for FIRST LEGO League. We have run workshops, demos and classes in many states for FLL Teams, libraries, museums, and schools. We founded EV3Lessons.com in 2014 and have more than 250,000 users in 175 countries. We organize the annual FIRST LEGO League kickoff for our region.


Our FIRST Journey

  • 2011

    Food Factor

    State: 3rd Place Champion's &
    1st Place Robot Game
    No Post-Season Invitation

  • 2012

    Senior Solutions

    State: 2nd Place Champion's &
    2nd Place Robot Game
    No Post-Season Invitation

  • 2013

    Nature's Fury

    State: 1st Place Champion's &
    1st Place Robot Game.
    International Open (Toronto): 1st Place Innovative Solution.

  • 2014

    World Class

    State: 2nd Place Champion's &
    1st Place Robot Game.
    Razorback Open (Arkansas): 1st Place Champion's &
    2nd Place Robot Game.

  • 2015

    Trash Trek

    State: 1st Place Champion's &
    1st Place Robot Game.
    World Festival (St.Louis): 1st Place Programming, Robot Game Playoffs
    Global Innovation Award - Top 20 of 29,000

  • 2016

    Animal Allies

    Coached Animatronics.
    1st Place Champion's &
    1st Place Robot Game.

    World Festival: Coach/Mentor Award
  • 2017

    Hydro Dynamics

    1st Place Champion's &
    1st Place Robot Game.

    World Festival: Champion's,
    Robot Game Playoffs, Encore Presentation Project
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We have been honored to appear in several news stories and publications and news stories including KDKA, WPXI, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Tribune Review, Carnegie Mellon University Robotics Academy, Northern Connection, INCommunity Magazine, The NXTStep, and The LEGO Group YouTube Channel, Forbes, Popular Mechanics, Gizmodo, The Verge, Vocativ, Code.org, North Hills Monthly, and more. Thank you to everyone for writing about us. We hope our story will inspire more kids around the world.

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