FIRST LEGO League Jr. is an exciting opportunity for the youngest budding scientists. It encompasses the core concepts of all FIRST programs to inspire, excite, and introduce kids to the wonders of science, technology, and engineering.
The goal is to provide an experience that will capture young children’s inherent curiosity and creativity and direct it toward discovering the possibilities of improving the world around them through understanding, thought, planning, and technology.
Check out the FAQs below to find out more.
It’s true, children construct new knowledge best when they are constructing something real. The FIRST LEGO League Jr. program does that every year with a new and exciting Challenge to ignite the creativity of children age 6 to 10 .
Each team of up to 6 children begins the exploration of this real-world theme with an exclusive LEGO® Education Inspire Model. Using this model as a starting point, they design a new model of their own with LEGO® elements. As they work, they learn basic engineering and programming skills with LEGO® Education WeDo and apply those concepts to make their model move. Teams also document their work in an Engineering Notebook and share their journey through a team Show Me Poster.
Throughout their experience, teams operate under the FIRST LEGO League Jr. Core Values, celebrating discovery, teamwork, and Gracious Professionalism®. The season concludes by participating in a super fun, non-competitive official expo which publicly acknowledges and applauds the accomplishments of each team!
As a rule, FIRST, including FIRST LEGO League Jr. St Louis, does not place children on teams.
Any group can create a team: schools, home schools, community groups, churches, or just some friends who wish to do something awesome. Adults do not need any technical experience to coach a team.
Cost breakout is by team, not individual child
(includes LEGO Inspire Set, Challenge document, Engineering Notebooks, Team Meeting Guide, Administrators Guide included with season pass registration)
Single team $99.00
Season Pass-small (up to 12 teams) $895.00
Season Pass-large (up to 24 teams) $1750.00
Yearly Official Expo fee: $25.00
Each team has a one time purchase of a FIRST LEGO League Jr. WeDo 2.0 Set: $249.95 (use with Bluetooth enabled mobile device or laptop)
Optional Other costs:
Show Me poster supplies, additional building elements, team t-shirts, snacks, etc.
The FIRST LEGO League Jr. team registration opens in May.
The season challenge details are released in early August.
Official Expos occur on select weekends in February and March (attend only one).
Meeting times vary by team, but generally a team can complete the challenge in 12 facilitated sessions provided in the Team Meeting Guide and Engineering Notebook. New teams may want to hold more meetings to introduce basic engineering and programming sessions. Teams may also include field trips as a part of their challenge research.
We have fun!
Expos are a non-competitive 2-3 hour event which offer students an amazing experience as they celebrate their hard work, make new friendships, and are exposed to ideas and ideology that will enhance their lives for decades to come.
Our expos begin with teams presenting their challenge research, Show Me board and LEGO model to FIRST LEGO League Jr. reviewers. Presentations wrap up with a short question and answer period.
The all team portion of the expo follows with team building and interactive robot demos from the other FIRST programs. Finally, the event concludes with a super fun, high energy awards and closing ceremony. In FIRST LEGO League Jr., everyone is a winner!
Registration is handled through the dashboard on the FIRST HQ website
One coach registers the team but each coach will need to make their own FIRST account.
Organizations with site coordinators (Team Administrator) can register the team(s) then invite coaches to join the team.
Coaches complete the required screening and agree to the Youth Protection Program rules.
Purchaser/coach pays registration fee and for materials ordered.
Official Team number is issued once registration payment is received.
Season Pass Grants:
LEGO Foundation Grant Opportunity – Sites receiving the grant will receive funding to cover registration for the FIRST LEGO League Jr. Small Season Pass, plus additional LEGO elements and tablets to run the WeDo 2.0 software. The grant is targeted at sites which can reach at least 144 kids per season, with a focus on communities underserved and underrepresented in STEM. All students do not have to be in the same physical location (e.g. multiple schools within the same district). Grant recipients will need to agree to run the program and cover registration fees for two additional seasons. Questions can be sent to Collin Fultz, email@example.com.
Applications for the AQUA ADVENTURE season are now closed.
Rookie Pack Lending Program
Coach Info Sessions held on various dates/locations, see calendar