FIRST® LEGO® League Jr. is an exciting Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) programme for 6-9 year olds. Each year a theme relevant to the world around them is chosen as a focus for the children’s work. The teams research the topic, displaying their ideas on a Show Me poster, build a LEGO® model and program one part to move using LEGO Education WeDo 2.0. FIRST® LEGO® League Jr. rapidly develops teamwork, design, programming and communication skills, but the most important thing is that it is great fun and makes the children feel proud of what they have achieved!
Mission Moon video
The 2018-2019 challenge theme is...
What would it be like to live on the moon? The 2018/2019 FIRST® LEGO® League Jr. season will transport you to a place where you make the rules, learn to thrive and explore all that is around you. Discovery awaits when you join this MISSION MOONSM.
A good luck video from the International Space Station
Check out this incredible good luck message from astronaut Alexander Gerst all the way up in the International Space Station!
When you receive your FIRST® LEGO® League Jr. Inspire set don’t miss an important letter from our very own British astronaut Tim Peake!
Please see and download the Challenge Document for MISSION MOON
REGISTRATION WILL OPEN ON SEPTEMBER 3rd 2018.
The FIRST® Core Values should guide everything your team does. It is very important you understand them and ensure that you can demonstrate to the judges that your team embodies these Core Values.
How FIRST® LEGO® League Jr. works
- Form a team of up to six children, ages 6 to 9. You can form this team however you like: through a school, as a family, with a community group or in any other way.
- Choose an Expo and register to take part (see below). It costs £40 (including VAT) per team. You'll then be sent a Team Meeting Guide for the coach. This guide suggests step by step instructions of how you can organise the team’s activities. You will also receive a LEGO "Inspire Set", which contains the Inspire Model and lots of bags of extra LEGO® and an Engineering Notebook for each team member.
- Purchase a LEGO Education WeDo 2.0 set. These are available from any LEGO Education distribution partner. Or through our Official Mindstorms/WeDo 2.0 partner Raising Robots.
- A new Challenge is set worldwide each year and you need to download the Challenge document to get started.
- Coach your team as they work on this Challenge over several weeks
- Bring your team to the nearest “Expo” event where they'll present their work to other teams and adults.
You don't need any particular expertise to be a team coach - just an enthusiasm to help the children develop life skills while investigating a STEM topic.
FIRST® LEGO® League Jr. Children:
- Design and construct a TEAM MODEL using LEGO® bricks and motorised moving parts from the LEGO®EducationWeDoorWeDo 2.0 kits.
DOWNLOAD the build instructions for the Inspire Model - Inspire model build instructions (PDF 2472k)
- Research an area of the real-world topic and show what the team finds out on a SHOW ME poster.
- Learn about the FIRST® LEGO® League Jr. CORE VALUES by working in a group and building self-confidence, knowledge, teamwork and life skills.
You can find more general details about the programme on the global website.
Build instructions video
Expo locations and dates for 2018-2019 will be available from 3rd September 2018.
Details about the MISSION MOONSM challenge will be released on 1st August 2018 when you will be able to find the information here.
LEGO® WeDo kits provide a great introduction to robotics for this age group and are an integral part of FIRST® LEGO® League Jr.
Each year, FIRST® LEGO® League Jr. presents a new and exciting Challenge to ignite the creativity of young children. While exploring the real-world theme, teams will learn about simple machines as they build a model made of LEGO® elements with a motorised part. They will also learn to present information through a Show Me Poster. Throughout their experience, teams will operate under a signature set of Core Values, celebrating discovery, teamwork, and Gracious Professionalism®.
How to get involved
If you represent an organisation which is interested in hosting a FIRST® LEGO® League Jr. Expo, please contact us at email@example.com
Watch our promotional video to find out more...!
What is FIRST LEGO League Jr (video):
“Students see it as a club, but we look at it as an extension of the school day, because it teaches fundamental science concepts, it encourages teamwork, and builds social skills.”
Jackie Fortner, FLL Jr. Coach