Through exploratory research, hands-on construction, teamwork, imagination, and fun with LEGO elements, FIRST® LEGO® League Jr. challenges teams of up to six kids to explore a real-world scientific concept, then build a motorized model and develop a Show Me Poster to illustrate their journey of discovery. Throughout the season, adult coaches provide guidance and inspiration.
Early elementary students get to:
- Build models using LEGO® Education WeDo 2.0 and LEGO bricks
- Create Show Me posters to present what they learned
- Begin working with simple motors, gears, robotics, and programming
- Focus on building interest in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) through a real-world challenge – to be solved by research, critical thinking, and imagination
Ages: FLL Jr. is designed for students in grades K-4
Cost: The FLL Jr. participation fee is $30
Season: Early September – October
Registration: FLL Jr. participants are strongly encouraged to complete their registration by September 1st
Practices: Teams normally meet once a week for 1-2 hours at a time
Team size: Teams are generally 4-6 students
Parent involvement: Teams are led by coaches who typically are a parent of one of the team members. All parents are encouraged to attend practice at any time even if they are not the coach to provide extra guidance and to have fun with the team.
Challenge and competition: Based around a themed challenge created by FIRST that is released in August and changed each year. Although there is not a competition to attend for FLL Jr., teams may display their projects and talk about their season to the public at the local mock FLL tournament in November in St. Peter that is hosted by Saint Peter Area Robotics.
There are many resources for coaches that can be found on the FIRST website.