Interested in starting a FIRST LEGO League team for ages 6-10? The W.A.F.F.L.E.S. will be glad to help you. Contact us for more details and support, but in the meantime here’s some information to help you get started.
FIRST LEGO League Jr. gives early elementary school students and their adult Coaches the opportunity to work and create together while they explore science and technology concepts. Challenged to research a real-world problem, then create a Show Me poster and working LEGO model of what they learned, the journey of discovery brings out the best in students and adults alike. The scientific theme changes each season.
If you would like to start a FIRST LEGO League Jr. team in your area, we welcome you and promise to provide you with all the support, ideas, and encouragement you need to succeed!
Remember: NO EXPERIENCE REQUIRED AND YOU ARE NEVER ALONE!
1. Learn all about us
Each year in early August, FIRST LEGO League Jr. releases a new Challenge for teams that focuses on a scientific topic. Teams are sent on a journey of discovery to learn all they can about the topic, then present their findings in the form of a team poster and a LEGO model with motorized parts.
While teams research their topic and create their posters and models, they are guided by the FIRST LEGO League Jr. Core Values. This set of values, including sharing, respect for all, is what makes our Program so special. Our most important Core Value is “Have FUN!”
2. Form your team
Recruit 2 to 6 interested team members ages 6 to 10. A Coach is allowed to coach multiple teams. Each team must have at least 2 adult Coaches.
3. Register, Pay, and Order Materials
Once you have a team (you do not need all team member names yet), register your team.
4. Find support resources
Locate your region’s FIRST LEGO League Jr. Partner who knows other FIRST teams, participating area schools, and local FIRST-friendly businesses that can help. He or she can help you form an organizational plan.
5. Learn about safety
At FIRST, student safety is always paramount. Every adult must become familiar with our Youth Protection Program (YPP). Take the time to watch our videos and read our youth protection materials.
6. Review Coach/Team Resources
Once your team is registered, you have a wealth of information at your fingertips on our Coach/Team Resource page to help you with everything from fundraising to just raising the level of fun on your team.
We give you a head start by announcing the theme months ahead of time. Even though you will not know the exact details of the Challenge, you can begin researching the theme with your team as soon as it is announced. Once the Challenge is released (August), registered teams will have access to all the season-specific documents (details of what the team is expected to complete for the season; information about how your team will be reviewed at an Expo).
Most teams spend 8-12 weeks preparing their projects. Understand that your team’s Show Me poster and LEGO model must be ready before you attend an Expo. The W.A.F.F.L.E.S. organize Kingston Regional Expo is usually held at Duncan McArthur Hall, Queen’s University in mid-late November and all area teams are invited to attend.