About the Program
The W.A.F.F.L.E.S. FIRST LEGO League Explore (formerly FIRST LEGO League Jr.) program for ages 6-10 was founded in 2008. Since then, we have expanded the program to include between 2 and 4 teams running each fall, and additional teams running through our summer camps.
In FIRST LEGO League Explore, teams of up to 6 kids learn about a different real-world problem each season and develop an innovative solution for it. They work together to build, motorize, and code a creative LEGO model of their solution. Teams also make a Show Me poster to describe their team, what they learned, and what their solution is. At the end of the season, teams come together to present their projects to a friendly set of reviewers at our local Expo. The Kingston Expo is held on Queen’s West Campus at Duncan McArthur Hall in November of each year, and has some fun activities included!
- Easy and fun, with no experience required!
- Hands-on introduction to…
- Strong building techniques
- Basic programming
- Engineering concepts like the engineering notebook
- Helps kids develop skills in…
- Communication and presentations
- Problem-solving… and more!
Joining Our Teams
The all-inclusive cost per participant is $135. This covers the cost of the team registration, LEGO kit for the season, other equipment, t-shirts, and tournament fees. This registration payment is due by August 30th so that we have ample time to register and receive kits. W.A.F.F.L.E.S. Community Robotics is not-for-profit organization and is volunteer-run; we do our best to make our programs affordable and accessible to everyone!
Payments can be made by e-transfer to firstname.lastname@example.org or by a cheque made payable to W.A.F.F.L.E.S. Community Robotics (please email for the mailing address if you use this method).
Meetings for the 2019 season take place at the Pump House Steam Museum (23 Ontario Street) one evening a week. There are a total of 10 sessions, beginning in September and going until mid-November. Meetings are scheduled in our public Google calendar, which is visible at the bottom of the webpage and can be added here.
Meeting lessons and activities are lead by our program lead and volunteers from our older robotics programs. Parents are required to stay at meetings to help supervise and keep their child focused on the current activity.
All of our programs communicate using a platform called Slack, which is commonly used in workplaces. Parents will receive an invitation to join Slack upon registration so that we can effictively send reminders and communicate about team meetings and events.