FIRST LEGO League Junior in South Carolina

Focused on building an interest in science and engineering in children ages 6-9, FIRST LEGO League Junior 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, this program features a real-world challenge, to be solved by research, critical thinking and imagination. Guided by adult coaches and the FIRST LEGO League Jr. Core Values, students work with LEGO elements and moving parts to build ideas and concepts and present them for review.  FIRST LEGO League Jr. is a non-competing division of FIRST. 

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

Team Structure

  • Children participating in FIRST LEGO League Jr. must be between the ages of 6 and 10 years old. At age 9 and 10, students have the option of participating in FIRST LEGO League Jr. or in the FIRST LEGO League (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.
  • FIRST LEGO League Jr. team may have as few as two and no more than six 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 Show Me poster and working with the LEGO models.
  • Most teams meet over a 6 to 12 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 FIRST LEGO League Jr. Expo event it’s important to schedule enough time before the event takes place for your team to complete a model and their poster.
  • Coaches are a critical element of the team. Coaches are responsible for recruiting team members and organizing team meetings. Coaches guides the team through the season, facilitating discussion, and problem solving along the way. Coaches are the main point of contact and are responsible for disseminating all information to the team.
  • FIRST does not match individual students to teams, nor does FIRST assist in the creation of new teams.

Events

  • Teams are not required to participate in FIRST LEGO League Jr. Expo events.
  • To attend a FIRST LEGO League Jr. event in your area you may have to pay a separate participation fee aside from your initial $99 national team registration fee.
  • FIRST LEGO League Jr. Expo events are non-competitive; they’re 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 Louis Rubbo at jrfll@scrobotics.org so that we can help.

To learn more about the FIRST LEGO League Jr. visit the FIRST site at

https://www.firstinspires.org/robotics/flljr

For all FIRST LEGO League Jr. program questions please contact Louis Rubbo at jrfll@scrobotics.org or by phone at (843) 410-3062.