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Resource Type(s): Competitions, Out-of-School Time Programs, School Year Programs

Grade Band: Elementary

LEGO

FIRST LEGO League Jr. is a program created in a partnership between FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) and The LEGO Group. FIRST LEGO League Jr. is a hands-on program for children ages 6 to 9 (grades K-3), designed to inspire them in science and technology. Teams of up to 6 children and an adult coach receive a real world challenge facing today’s scientists.

Using an open-ended LEGO building set, teams design and build a model depicting an aspect of the current year’s challenge. Teams generally spend 6-8 weeks exploring, investigating, designing and building their model using LEGO elements and moving parts. In conjunction, teams create a “Show Me” poster that depicts their season’s journey. FIRST LEGO League Jr. also introduces students to life skills such as teamwork, critical thinking, self-confidence and presentation skills.

FIRST LEGO League Jr. teams generally host one to two hours sessions and teams meet once or sometimes twice a week. Team meetings can be held anywhere. Popular locations are at a school, the coach’s home or a neighborhood or community facility. Registration will begin in early August. The registration fee is $50.00 per team. For more information, please visit the website.

 

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