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 W.A.F.F.L.E.S. FIRST® LEGO® League Explore Festival. The Kingston Festival is hosted three times a year to help as many teams as possible participate.
Contact email@example.com for more information about joining one of our FIRST® LEGO® League Explore Teams!
- 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 for the 2020 season is $100 CAD. This covers the cost of the team registration, LEGO kit for the season, other equipment, t-shirts, and tournament fees. 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! If cost is an obstacle, please register and contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for information on participating at a reduced cost.
Payments can be made by e-transfer to email@example.com 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).
The team meets virtually using Google Meets. Meetings will take place one evening a week. There are approximately ten sessions for each team. Teams are run as follows:
- Fall team: September through December
- Winter team: January through March
- Spring team: April through June
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 attend 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.