The really cool thing about FIRST LEGO League Jr. is…all skill levels are welcomed and needed, technical or non-technical. Read more about team basics, time frame, commitment, and skills required.
What does every FIRST LEGO League Jr. team need?
- 2 or more adult Coaches willing and motivated to guide the team through the discovery and exhibition season (and beyond) – no special technical experience is required
- Up to 6 students ages 6 to 10 willing to put in time after school, usually one or two days per week
- A suitable meeting place, either public or private, that can accommodate the group, and has internet access
- LEGO elements to build your model
- A community sponsor(s) that will help fund your efforts and provide other support (grants are available)
- The desire to learn, explore, strategize, build comradery, share ideas and talents, make new friends, be accepted, and HAVE FUN!
When does FIRST LEGO League Jr. happen?
Information for the FIRST LEGO League Jr. season challenge is released in early August. Teams generally form, registration opens, and official season start is in 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 an invitation to the FIRST LEGO League Jr. World Festival Expo in St. Louis at the end of April.
What is the time commitment?
As a Coach or adult Volunteer, you should be meeting with your team at least once per week during the discovery and creation season (12 sessions). You and your family can decide together how much time you can devote to the program.
As a team member, the same applies. Be prepared to meet once per for about 12 weeks. Like any sport or other after-school activity, the more time you invest in helping your team will add to your team’s success.
Any special skills required?
The really cool thing about FIRST LEGO League Jr. is…all skill levels are welcomed and needed, technical or non-technical. Teams need all kinds of skills and creativity to succeed, so what are you good at? Chances are we have a job for you. And we’ll probably teach you a few new ones while you’re with us.
The most successful team Coaches are people with at least an interest in science and technology, and in helping kids discover and learn. But we can’t emphasize enough that no special technical skills are required. Anyone who wants to be a Coach will receive all the training and help he or she needs.
Student team members are encouraged to bring any skills or interests they already have, but most importantly a desire to learn and solve problems as a team. FIRST LEGO League Jr. welcomes every student, with or without special skills. Like our Coaches say, “This is the only sport where if you show up, you can play.”