What Is FLL Explore?
Created in partnership with the LEGO Group, FIRST® LEGO® League Challenge, formerly known as FIRST® LEGO® League Junior (FLL Jr.), is geared to children aged 6 to 10 years old (Have an older group? Check out FLL Challenge!) and utilizes a modified FIRST® LEGO® League Challenge (FLL Challenge) framework. Teams of up to 6 children and two adult coaches explore a real-world problem, based on the annual theme like water or space. They will design a motorized LEGO model depicting what they learned and create a “Show Me” poster that, through drawings, pictures, and words, depicts the team’s experience.
FLL Explore 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 FLL Explore 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.
FLL Explore Team Accomplishments
Solve a real world problem as you learn!
FLL Explore Teams explore topics like water conservation, space exploration and city planning as they go through guided sessions.
Create A Team Model
Team members create a LEGO robot that can solve a problem related to the season topic!
Improve and expand your STEM and teamwork skills!
Throughout the whole program, teams learn and build a wide variety of skills in science, technology, engineering and tech.
Why Should I Join?
Build New Skills
Studies have shown the robotics activities and competitions like FLL Explore can successfully promote K-12 student engagement and mastery in a variety of STEM Skills.
Students in FLL work together to develop and program their robots. They are given constraints like limited time and resources. While aligning to requirements, teams are inspired think big and innovate as they go. Team’s creativity and hard work are displayed to family, friends and professionals at official Iowa FLL Explore events.
Improve Teamwork Skills
FLL teams consist of 2-6 students working together towards a common goal. Every student brings their own valuable perspective, skills and ideas to a team. Teammates learn the value of collaboration and how to utilize individual strengths to complete season tasks. Being on a FLL Explore Team has shown to improve individual skills in teamwork and communication with others.
FIRST Core Values
We explore new skills and ideas.
We use creativity and persistence to solve problems.
We apply what we learn to improve our world.
We respect each other and embrace our differences.
We are stronger when we work together.
We enjoy and celebrate what we do!