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.
Who can coach a FIRST® LEGO® League Jr. team?
Teachers, parents, and technology professionals all make excellent coaches. The coach must be 18 years or older and should have the desire to explore side-by-side with students and have good communication, prioritizing, and multitasking skills. The coach’s role is to facilitate instruction and optimize the learning experience of the team members by allowing independent thought. Direct adult involvement or intervention during the problem-solving process is strongly discouraged.
Coaches handle all the operational details: where and when to meet, organizing help for snacks, team costumes, etc. Coaches do not need technical expertise, but must be willing to acquire some basic knowledge of the program.
What is this years challenge?
The 2019-2020 FIRST® LEGO® League Jr. challenge is BOOMTOWN BUILD!
More than ever, we must come together to innovate and solve problems. In FIRST®, you are part of a thriving community brimming with inspiration, creativity, and hope for a stronger, more sustainable future—one that’s built better together. You have the power to help the cities, towns, and places you call home reach new heights. With the support of the FIRST® community, this is your opportunity to lead our future forward—and up.
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.
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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”
When does FIRST® LEGO® League Jr. happen?
Registration opens in May, and information about the FIRST® LEGO® League Jr. season challenge is released in early August. The discovery and project season runs from August through May, and Expo season runs October through June. Expos allow teams the chance to show off what they have learned. Some teams will receive invitations to the FIRST® LEGO® League Jr. World Festival Expos at the end of April.
How are teams judged at competitions and what awards are there for FIRST® LEGO® League Jr. teams participating?
In FIRST® LEGO® League Jr., every team and team member’s achievements are celebrated!
Official FIRST® LEGO® League Jr. Expos are held by our Affiliate Partners around the world. Every team is recognized at an Expo for the work they have completed. Some Partners opt to give each team a named award as well, though this is not required.
Where can I find more resources for this years challenge?
Washington State has around 200 FIRST® LEGO® League Jr. teams each year. Teams are formed in schools, community organizations, and neighborhoods. They can be formed by any interested adult willing to facilitate team logistics.
Within Washington, many FIRST® LEGO® League Jr. teams are formed through schools, so the first place to look for opportunities to join a team is with your child’s school. Generally, the school-based teams are open only to students attending that institution because interest often exceeds capacity. If your child’s school does not currently have a team, you may want to work with a teacher or administrator there to help form a team within the school.
Other Washington teams are formed through community organizations such as 4-H, YMCA, Scouts, or Boys & Girls Clubs. Generally, this is only one of many activities that the organization facilitates for its members, but if your child is interested in one of these organizations overall, this might be an avenue to pursue in your local area.
The remaining teams in Washington are formed through homeschool groups, religious organizations or neighborhood groups of friends. While these groups are not specifically closed to other students, they do not usually engage in recruiting members.
Since finding an opportunity with an existing team may be difficult, many experienced coaches and parents advise families new to the program to start their own team. The benefits to your child and for those who have an opportunity to participate are well worth the effort. If you need additional resources or encouragement, contact us at FIRST® Washington.
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How do you join an existing team?
If your school or organization has a FIRST® LEGO® League Jr. team, approach the coach and see if there is room for another student and if the deadline has passed.
If your child’s school or organization does not have FIRST® LEGO® League Jr. team, you may want to work with a teacher or administer to help form a team within the school.
How long is the season?
The FIRST® LEGO® League Jr. season opens in May and can last through April depending on how much your team advances.
I can’t find a team near me. Can I start one?
Absolutely, the best way to join a FIRST® LEGO® League Jr. program is to start your own team. Ask administers of your school or organization if there is a team, if not find a teacher or other coach suitable to guide the students through the program. Inform your administer that FIRST® is a collaborative partnership with private industry professionals and educators to inspire youths towards STEM.
If there is no school-based team near you, consider looking within youth-based organizations near you.
What are the FIRST® LEGO® League Jr. Core Values?
We express the FIRST® philosophies of Gracious Professionalism and Coopertition through our Core Values:
– Discovery: We explore new skills and ideas.
– Innovation: We use creativity and persistence to solve problems.
– Impact: We apply what we learn to improve our world.
– Inclusion: We respect each other and embrace our differences.
– Teamwork: We are stronger when we work together.
– Fun: We enjoy and celebrate what we do!
What are the minimum requirements for a FIRST® LEGO® League Jr. team?
Each FIRST® LEGO® League Jr. team needs:
– Two or more adult coaches willing and motivated to guide the team through the discovery and exhibition season – no special technical experience is required
– Up to six students ages 6 to 10 willing to put in time (usually one or two days) per week
– A suitable meeting place, either public or private, that can accommodate the group and has internet access
– A LEGO® Education WeDo 2.0 to build and program
– The desire to learn, explore, strategize, build camaraderie, share ideas and talents, make new friends, be accepted, and HAVE FUN!
What are the payment options?
Invoices for the FIRST® LEGO® season are emailed to the team lead coach or team administrator upon registration in May. You may pay by check, purchase order, or credit card. If you pay by credit card, please use the payment link on your emailed invoice.