Food Factor
Challenge Number14
Released In2011
Champions1. Japan Falcons
2. United States Blue Gear Ticks
3. India NXTremers[1]
Championship Tournaments40[2]

Food Factor is the FIRST Lego League (FLL) competition for 2011-12; released on September 2. It focuses on food safety and methods to prevent contamination.[3][4]

This is the first year that the name of the challenge theme of FLL is different from Jr.FLL. Jr.FLL's theme for 2011-12 is Snack Attack.[5]


Teams are tasked with identifying a food item and tracking its journey from creation to consumption.[6] From this, teams identify potential sources of contamination and create solutions to those problems. Teams then share their project with the community and with judges at competition.[7]


Food Factor table
Food Factor table

The table performance portion of Food Factor is played on a 4 ft by 8 ft field rimmed by wood boards. At competition, two of these fields are placed together to form an 8 ft square. In each 2+12-minute match, a team competes on each field with their robot to earn up to 452 points[8] manipulating the mission models.

The touch penalty objects are "good" bacteria models.[9] All 12 are worth 6 points each when located in base, but are removed every time the robot is touched outside of base.


All of the Food Factor missions relate to various food topics and food safety problems:[9]


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