What is a FIRST LEGO League Jr® team and what do they do?
FIRST LEGO League Jr is a hands-on program designed to capture young children’s inherent curiosity and creativity and direct it toward discovering the possibilities of improving the world around them. FIRST LEGO League Jr. utilizes theme-based challenges to engage kids in research, problem solving, and introductory engineering concepts. The cornerstones of the program are its Core Values, which emphasize contributions of others, friendly sportsmanship, learning, and community involvement.
Each annual Challenge has two parts, the Poster and the Model. Working at their own pace in teams of up to 6 and guided by at least two adult coaches, kids:
- Investigate the theme, according to the specific Challenge instructions
- Document how they researched and what they learned on a creative poster
- Build a model out of LEGO® elements, incorporating a motorized component
The culmination of all that hard work for many teams is the participation in an expo. Expos for FIRST LEGO League Jr are hosted, organized, and managed by the community. This means anyone is able to run an event for FIRST LEGO League Jr teams, including you! The event can be similar to a science-fair type atmosphere, with the kids discussing their project with volunteers and other teams. The event experience is all about recognizing the FIRST LEGO League Jr teams and celebrating their achievements. We encourage all teams to share what they have done with others, with just family or at an event.
ORTOP will host four FIRST LEGO League Jr Expos at OMSI in the spring.
ORTOP will host a FIRST LEGO League Jr Expo at Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum in the spring
FIRST LEGO League Jr. team member are kids 6 – 10 years old who want to build things or explore their horizons in science. Kids have an opportunity to have a “sports of the mind” experience.
FIRST LEGO League Jr Team members should be in Kindergarten to 4th Grade.
Teams can register on the national FIRST website starting in May. A National FIRST LEGO League Jr registration fee is $99 for a team of up to 6 children. To participate in an Expo in Oregon teams must also register with ORTOP. The requested application fee is $80 per team to attend a FIRST LEGO League Jr Expo. Teams can request a discount of up to $40 based on need. Requests for discount can be made during online registration with ORTOP. All complete requests for discounts will be approved.
If you have questions about starting or managing a FIRST LEGO League Jr team or volunteering with FIRST LEGO League Jr please send an email to email@example.com