What is the FIRST® Youth Protection Program (YPP)?
The purpose of the FIRST® Youth Protection Program (FIRST® YPP) is to provide Coaches, Mentors, Volunteers, employees, others working in FIRST® programs, team members, parents, and guardians of team members with information, guidelines, and procedures to create safe environments for everyone participating in FIRST® programs.
The FIRST® YPP sets minimum standards recommended for all FIRST® activities. Adults working in FIRST® programs must be knowledgeable of the standards set by the FIRST® YPP, as well as those set by the school or organization hosting their team.
FIRST expects all teams in the United States and Canada to adhere to all provisions of the FIRST YPP.
How old does my child need to be to join a FIRST® LEGO® League Jr. team?
The FIRST® LEGO® League Jr. program is designed for young people ages 6 – 10 and K – 4th grades.
What is an Expo event?
Expo events are available to all FIRST® LEGO® League Jr. teams registered with FIRST® Washington to showcase their projects for the current season. A typical event will last approximately 2-3 hours and are often held in conjunction with FIRST® LEGO® League, or FIRST® Robotics Competition events across the state. FIRST® LEGO® League Jr. teams must pay FIRST® Washington a participation fee, which includes team registration and Expo events, which must be paid at least a week prior to your event.
Registration Note: Each team that registers for an event will be sent an invoice of $50/team. This must be paid at least a week prior to your event. Payment using the invoice can be made with a credit card. If you need to send a check or purchase order, contact email@example.com.
To Register for an FLL Jr. Expo event: Coming soon!
Registration Note: Each team that registers for an event will be sent an invoice of $50/team. This must be paid at least a week prior to your event. Payment using the invoice can be made with a credit card. If you need to send a check or purchase order, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
To find the current schedule of EXPO events, go to the Events Calendar and search for “expo”
Who can start a FIRST® LEGO® League Jr. team?
Anyone with an interest in changing lives through STEM can start a team – educators, parents, anyone with the time and motivation. Most teams in Washington are school-based. Others are formed through community organizations such as 4-H, YMCA, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Boys & Girls Clubs, homeschool groups, religious organizations, and even neighborhood groups of friends. If you want to start a school-based team, contact a teacher or administrator to get started.
Who can mentor a FIRST® LEGO® League Jr. team?
Mentors are individuals from all backgrounds and disciplines who work with students to share their knowledge and guide them through the season. Many Mentors contribute on a weekly basis during the program season or support the team with subject matter expertise on an as needed basis. Teams may have additional or more specialized roles or combine roles as needed. In addition, Mentors help students to embrace FIRST® LEGO® League Jr. Core Values.