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Welcome to FIRST LEGO League Jr.!

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.

  • Teaches the benefits of teamwork
  • Sparks initial interest in science and technology
  • Introduces basic design skills through a hands-on approach with the familiarity and fun of LEGO building
  • Provides a culture of sharing and learning from others

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.

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FIRST LEGO League Jr Program Basics

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!

How do I get my child on a team?

As a rule, FIRST, including FIRST LEGO League Jr. St Louis, does not place children on teams.
Also, for privacy reasons, we are not able to share lists of team contact information.

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.

What does it cost?

Cost breakout is by team, not individual child

Yearly registration:
(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.

What is the time commitment?

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.

What is an Official Expo?

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!

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What do I need to start a team?

  • 2 adult coaches
  • minimum of 2, maximum of 6 children between the ages of 6 to 10. Children can only be on one team.
  • register, order materials and pay for your team on the FIRST HQ website
  • set up team meetings
  • register and participate in an official expo
  • Details can be found here

What is the team registration process?

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.

What grants and team resources are available for starting a team?

Single Team Grants:
Girl Scouts, New Teams or Returning Teams
Monsanto Fund, FIRST Robotics Program

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, cfultz@firstinspires.org.  
Applications for the AQUA ADVENTURE season are now closed.

Resources:
Rookie Pack Lending Program

Coach Info Sessions held on various dates/locations, see calendar

Upcoming FIRST LEGO League Jr. Events
Feb 18

Official FIRST LEGO League Jr Expo at Boeing

February 18, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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