Does your school have a FIRST® team? If so talk to your principal or teachers to find out how to join. If your school does not have a FIRST team, have your teacher check out the Programs Overview of this site or go to the FIRST Inspires website to find out more.
So, where do you fit?
First® LEGO® League JUNIOR (ages 6-10)
How does the Junior FIRST LEGO League program work?
Teams meet once or twice a week for 6-8 weeks. Students will become familiar with the Challenge, and choose a topic to research which pertains to the task at hand. The sheer scope of the theme each year can be mind-boggling, even for adults, but the Challenge lays the groundwork for understanding larger issues, concepts that the team members will surely take with them as they grow. Once teams do the research, they will build a model and create a Show Me poster to present their findings. To finish off the season, teams may choose to attend a FIRST LEGO League Junior Expo if there is one available in their area.
How do I start a team?
Teams are structured in a variety of different ways; some are clubs or after-school programs that meet year-round, while others are formed by parents, community organizations, or youth groups. For this and other reasons, we do not match individual children with pre-existing teams. Also, for privacy reasons, we are not able to share lists of team contact information. We encourage parents and teachers to start teams in their areas and then invite other interested students to join.
Can anyone coach?
Yes! Coaches guide the team through the season by facilitating discussion and encouraging problem solving. No technical background is required to be a coach, just a willingness to learn with the children. The coach is the main point of contact and is responsible for disseminating all information to the team.
How many kids can be on a team?
Teams may have a few as two (2), but no more than six (6) students. The maximum of six kids on a team was decided as it is the maximum number we feel can all work on one model at the same time. Please adhere to team sizes as they are designed to ensure all kids get the maximum benefit from the program.
What are the age limits for kids participating?
Children participating on a FIRST LEGO League team are 6 to10 years old. Generally, we consider the upper age limit of 10 to be "hard" and the lower limit of 6 to be "soft." Children younger than 6 or older than 10 may participate if, after taking the child's developmental level into consideration, you feel they would benefit from taking part in the FIRST LEGO League Junior program. However, we have found that kids younger than 6 can be overwhelmed by the experience, and that those older than 10 may be bored and/or not want to play with "little" kids. We offer FIRST LEGO League for children ages 9-14. There is intentionally a one year overlap between the programs where the youth team member may either stay with FIRST LEGO League Junior or advance to the next program, FIRST LEGO League.
Have your parents or teachers find out more about the FIRST LEGO League Junior program in the Programs Section of this website.
FIRST® LEGO® LEAGUE (AGES 9-14)
FIRST LEGO League introduces young people, ages 9 to 14 (grades 4-8), to the fun and excitement of science and technology.
Your team can be composed of up to ten children with at least two (2) screened Lead Coaches and can be associated with a pre-existing club or organization, home schooled, or just be a group of friends who wish to do something awesome.
FIRST LEGO League coaches do not need any technical experience. In FIRST LEGO League, the children do the work; like program an autonomous robot (using the LEGO® MINDSTORMS® robot set) to score points on a thematic playing surface, create innovative solutions to a problem, all while being guided by the Core Values. These three elements - the Robot Game, Project, and FLL Core Values - make up what we call our yearly Challenge. Teams also raise funds, create a team identity, and talk to experts in the field.
Teams may attend official FLL tournaments, hosted in the central Florida area by the FIRST LEGO League Partner. The FIRST LEGO League Partner in this region is Michael Schweim.
With over 25,000+ teams in approximately 80 countries, FIRST LEGO League is constantly expanding and we would love for you to be a part of it.
Find out more about FIRST LEGO League in the Programs Section of this website.
To find out if there are any available funding options to teams in central Florida, please visit our Grants Page.