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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 accounting@firstwa.org.

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 accounting@firstwa.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.

How can I find a team to join?

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.

What are the rules for participating in a FIRST® LEGO® League Expo?

Expos are non-competitive. There is not a game and children do not compete for specific awards.

FIRST® LEGO® League Jr. Expo events operate under the FIRST® 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 is the cost of a FIRST® LEGO® League Jr. team?

Here are some basic cost parameters for teams:

FIRST® offers many fundraising opportunities and teams are encouraged to create their own. Grants are also available, as well as sponsorships provided locally, regionally and nationally by many corporations.
FIRST® believes that no team that wants to participate should have to decline due to a lack of resources. We will do everything possible to make funds available to all teams who need extra help.

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What is the FIRST® LEGO® League Jr. Challenge?

Every year, FIRST® LEGO® League Jr. works with experts in the field to create a Challenge that relates to an important real-world issue. The end result of the design process is a Challenge with two defined parts – the Show Me Poster and the Model.

Show Me Poster
The Show Me Poster requires teams to illustrate their research and team journey. It provides an opportunity for them to share what they studied, what they learned, and to show information about the team and each team member.

– Create a Show Me Poster using a flat poster board or tri-fold presentation board.
– Use words, drawings, photos, and small objects to tell about what they have learned during their Challenge research.
– Show where they hunted for answers and describe the people they spoke with on their journey.
– Describe their Model.
– Tell about the team itself.

Model
The Model gets teams moving! Teams build a representation of what they are researching, based off the Challenge.

– Design a Model made of LEGO® parts. Teams are provided with the Inspire Set, which was created just for FIRST LEGO League Jr. teams. It contains 700+ LEGO elements, including those needed to build the exclusive Inspire Model.
– Teams must use LEGO Education WeDo 2.0 or WeDO to build and program.
– Use your imagination as you design and build. Be creative!

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