The FLL Word Game

Aim of the game

Work together to guess all the words as quickly as possible.


Prepare the card deck using the word list below. Feel free to add extra words or phrases that are relevant to your team. Three words per team member works well for a large team, i.e. 30+ words for a 10-person team.

Tip: Either print onto card stock that is thick enough that you can’t see through or use card sleeves.

Game play

Sit around a table. Shuffle the deck of cards and place it in the centre of the table facedown.

The FLL Word Game consists of three rounds. In each round, one person at a time has to pick up a card, look at it without showing anyone, and your teammates have to guess the word or phrase.

  • Round One – You can say anything you like, except for the word or phrase itself, or make gestures, for the others to guess it.
  • Round Two – You can use only a single word to describe it, but you can still use as many gestures as you want. Apart from that, the rules are the same.
  • Round Three – This time you can’t use any words! In fact, you’re not allowed to make any noise but you can still use as many gestures as you like.

Once the word or phrase has been guessed, the next person has a turn, and so on until the end of the round. If you’re finding it too hard, you can pass, in which case you can have another go with the next card. The card you passed is shuffled back into the deck.

Each round goes for 10 minutes or until all the cards have been guessed.

Only the cards that you got through in Round One are used in Rounds Two and Three. (So even though you’ll have less information each round, you will have some idea what’s coming.)

Make a note of how long it takes to complete each round (and/or how many words you got through) and aim to improve your results the next time you play.

Word list

  • Discovery
  • Innovation
  • Impact
  • Inclusion
  • Teamwork
  • Fun
  • Core Values
  • Robot Game
  • Innovation Project
  • Robot Design
  • Gracious Professionalism
  • Distance Sensor
  • Force Sensor
  • Gyro Sensor
  • Colour Sensor
  • Brainstorming
  • Iteration
  • Mission Model
  • Strategy
  • Tank Steering
  • Prototype
  • Equipment
  • Problem Statement
  • My Blocks
  • Research
  • Communication
  • Word Blocks
  • Testing
  • Solution
  • Design
  • Planning
  • Drive by Gryo
  • Drive by Distance