Junior FIRST® LEGO® League
Focused on building an interest in science and engineering in children ages 6-9, Junior FIRST® LEGO® League (Jr.FLL) is a hands-on program designed to capture young children’s inherent curiosity and direct it toward discovering the possibilities of improving the world around them. Just like FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL), this program features a real-world challenge, to be solved by research, critical thinking and imagination. Guided by adult coaches and the Jr.FLL Core Values, students work with LEGO® elements and moving parts to build ideas and concepts and present them for review. Jr.FLL is a non-competing division of FIRST®. For additional information please visit FIRST’s Jr.FLL site.
Students get to:
- Design and build challenge solutions using LEGO® elements
- Apply real-world math and science concept
- Research challenges facing today’s technologists
- Learn team-building and presentation skills
- Develop Show-Me poster
- Children participating in Jr.FLL must be between the ages of 6 and 9 years old. At age 9, students have the option of participating in Jr.FLL or in the FIRST LEGO League (FLL; for students ages 9-14) program. We trust parents and coaches to assess each individual child’s comfort level when deciding which program is most appropriate.
- A Jr.FLL team may have as few as two (2), and no more than six (6) children
- It’s important to keep team size at six children or fewer in order to maintain that each student has adequate time contributing to the poster, and working with the model
- Most teams meet over a 6-8 week period, once or twice a week. However, as a coach you can structure team meetings (meeting times and overall program length) in a way that makes sense for your group and works within your schedule.
- If your team plans to attend a Jr.FLL Event, it is important to schedule enough time before the event takes place for your team to complete a model and their poster.
- FIRST does not match individual students to teams, nor does FIRST assist in the creation of new teams.
- The coach is a critical element of the team. As a coach, you are responsible for recruiting team members and organizing team meetings. The coach guides the team through the season, facilitating discussion, and problem solving along the way. The coach is the main point of contact and is responsible for disseminating all information to the team.
- Teams are not required to participate in Jr.FLL Events.
- To attend a Jr.FLL event in your area, you may have to pay a separate fee aside from your initial $50 team registration fee.
- Jr.FLL Events are non-competitive; they are meant to be a celebration of each teams’ work.
- Throughout the season, public events may be posted on our website.
- If you would like to host a local event, which we encourage, please let us help you advertise and ensure that you are running your event within the guidelines of FIRST. Please contact Mary Graves at email@example.com so that we can help.
Visit our START a Jr.FLL TEAM page when you are ready to get in the game!
To learn more about the season challenge please visit the 2014 THINK TANK page
For all Jr.FLL program questions please contact Mary Graves at firstname.lastname@example.org