About the Program
The W.A.F.F.L.E.S. FIRST LEGO League Discover program for ages 4-6 was founded in 2021. We run FIRST LEGO League Discover each fall, beginning in September and culminating in our celebration at the Kingston Regional-Festival.
In FIRST LEGO League Discover, teams of up to four students learn about a different real-world problem each season and develop an innovative solution for it. They work together to build 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 with our other teams at a local event.
- 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 $220, excluding STEAM Park Set. This covers the cost of the team registration, a FIRST LEGO League Discover Set for the season, t-shirts, and tournament fees. A second student from the same household can participate for a reduced rate of $160; in this case, only one Discover Set will be sent (typically, siblings work together on building). An equipment deposit of $90 is required and returned upon return of the FIRST LEGO League Discover Set.
Note that each participant must also have a STEAM Park Set, which can be purchased from Spectrum Nasco or Braut & Bouthillier. We recommend purchasing from one of these two suppliers. If you would prefer, we have STEAM Park sets available for rental for a cost of $80; shipping to and from your home is included. Additionally, a deposit of $280 is required to rent a STEAM Park Set; this deposit cheque is shredded once the STEAM Park Set has been returned.
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!
Bursaries are available upon request; contact Stephen Swartzentruber at email@example.com for more information.
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 take place virtually one night per week using Zoom. There are a total of 10 sessions, beginning in September and going until 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 effectively send reminders and communicate about team meetings and events.