Junior FIRST LEGO League
Focused on building an interest in science and engineering in children ages 6-9, Junior FIRST LEGO League (JFLL) is a hands-on program designed to capture young children's inherent curiosity and direct it toward discovering the possibilities of improving the world around them. Just like FIRST LEGO League (FLL), this program features a real-world challenge, to be solved by research, critical thinking and imagination. Guided by adult coaches and the JFLL Core Values, students work with LEGO elements and moving parts to build ideas and concepts and present them for review.
Students get to:
- Design and build challenge solutions using LEGO elements
- Apply real-world math and science concept
- Research challenges facing today’s scientists
- Learn team-building and presentation skills
- Develop Show-Me poster
JFLL teams are invited to participated in any of our FIRST LEGO League Tournaments. JFLL teams will have a designated area to set up their projects and a scheduled time to present to a panel of judges (usually an hour before the Awards Ceremony). There are no special awards in JFLL, but all participants receive a special JFLL medal and recognition during the Awards Ceremony of the tournament.
- Junior FIRST LEGO League (Jr.FLL) is a fun program focused on buidling interest in science, technology, and engineering.
- Students work with LEGO elements and moving parts to build ideas and concepts and present them for review. Jr.FLL teams can participate in Expos.
- Jr.FLL is not a competition.
- Jr.FLL Teams are 2-6 kids who are in the age range of 6 to 9 years of age.
- Teams form in schools, clubs, and neighborhood groups. No requirements on affiliation.
- Teams need at least 1 adult coach/mentor.
- Registration opens in August and remains open until April.
- Most teams meet once or twice a week for 6-8 weeks. Team meetings usually last 1-2 hours.
- Official Jr.FLL expos are held in conjuction with our FLL Qualifier Tournaments held at various locations around the state in late November through early January.
- Local Jr.FLL expos can be held at anytime and hosted by any team. The affiliate partner can arrange for official medals to be sent to student participating in these events.
- There are Jr.FLL teams in most areas of the state including remote villages. Teams can be started ANYWHERE.
- Official Expos are held around the state: Kenai, Juneau, Bethel, Palmer, Anchorage, and Fairbanks currently host expos.
- Many teams meet in school classrooms as an after school club. Basements, garages, and just about any other place works great too.
- Check the Jr.FLL Team Quick Start Guide for a short list of steps to start a team.
- Official Team Registration is $50.
- Participation in Jr.FLL Expos in Alaska is free.
- Some teams choose to buy additional LEGO supplies, but it is not necessary. Jr.FLL Robotics Kits (available only to teams) are ~$170.
- Most teams budget for additional items like t-shirts, tri-fold presentation boards, art supplies, and snacks.
- Teams are funded by schools, parent-teacher organizations, parents, or other sources of funds. Some find corporate sponsors. There are a limited number of new team grants available for teams with financial needs.