Created in partnership with the LEGO Group, Junior FIRST LEGO League (Jr.FLL) is geared to children aged 6 to 9 years old and utilizes a modified FIRST LEGO League (FLL) framework. Teams of up to 6 children and an adult mentor receive a mini challenge, based on the annual FLL research project. Using an open-ended LEGO building set, they will design a model depicting an aspect of the annual FLL Challenge. Children will spend approximately one month exploring, investigating, designing and building a model made with LEGO bricks. In conjunction, teams create a “Show Me” poster that depicts the team’s experience during this process, through drawings and words.
Jr.FLL introduces children to the concepts of teamwork and basic design skills, creating an initial interest and hands-on approach to science and technology through the familiarity and fun of LEGO building. The goal: provide an experience that will begin to transform youngsters and open their eyes to the possibilities of improving the world around them through acknowledgement, thought, planning and technology.
The Jr.FLL experience also is a way of engaging younger siblings and friends of FLL team members in a similar team situation with goals. By cultivating their interest in and experience with this kind of hands-on, fun teamwork, they are likely to then transition to the FLL program, as they get older.
Check out FIRST’s Jr. FLL homepage!
Have you ever wanted to start your own Jr. FLL team? Did you know you can build a motorized car out of your Jr. FLL base kit? Visit FIRST’s Jr. FLL homepage to access all things Jr. FLL. The site contains useful information on how to start your own Jr. FLL team, access the Jr. FLL teacher resources, get involved in Jr. FLL events, and much more. There are even LEGO Serious Play webinars and a cool instructional video on how to build a motorized car out of your Jr. FLL base kit! Check out the website to answer all of your Jr. FLL questions and find more information on this great team- and mind-building experience!