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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 2021 season is $220 CAD, excluding the WeDo 2.0 Core Set. This covers the cost of the team registration, FIRST LEGO League Explore Set for the season, other equipment, t-shirts, and tournament fees. Shipping costs of the Explore Set to and from your home are included in the registration fee. A separate $60 rental fee is required for the Explore Set, which is returned at the end of the season.
All participants are required to have the WeDo 2.0 Core Set. We recommend purchasing it separately from either Spectrum Nasco or Brault & Bouthillier. The WeDo 2.0 Core Set is the introductory programming kit from LEGO, and it can be reused year after year. We offer a rental of the WeDo 2.0 Core Set for $140, which includes shipping to and from your home. A separate $285 deposit is required if renting the WeDo 2.0 Core Set; this is returned at the end of the season.
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 email@example.com for information on participating at a reduced cost.
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 will take place Thursday evening and will be a mix of virtual and in-person meetings at our location on Barrack St in Kingston. The first eight meetings are scheduled to be virtual over Zoom, and the remaining four meetings are scheduled to be in-person in Kingston. Participants outside of Kingston can attend these meetings virtually; we have had success offering completely remote programming to participants across the province.
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.