"Welcome to FIRST® LEGO® League on ChangeX. FIRST® LEGO® League introduces science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to children aged 4-16 through fun, exciting hands-on learning. Our three divisions inspire young people to experiment and grow their critical thinking, coding, and design skills through hands-on STEM learning and robotics."
- Lizzie Oakley, Institution of Engineering and Technology FIRST® LEGO® League Programme Coordinator
FIRST® LEGO® League shows young people what it means to be an engineer and work with STEM skills and subjects, but focuses on practical, hand-on learning, so they are doing, not watching. FIRST® LEGO® League Discover is designed for 4-6 year-olds and develops children’s STEM skills from an early age. Delivered in school by the class teacher, children...
FIRST® LEGO® League shows young people what it means to be an engineer and work with STEM skills and subjects, but focuses on practical, hand-on learning, so they are doing, not watching. FIRST® LEGO® League Discover is designed for 4-6 year-olds and develops children’s STEM skills from an early age. Delivered in school by the class teacher, children work in groups of four to explore a real-world theme with an exclusive LEGO® Discover model. Using this model as a starting point, they design and build new models of their own with LEGO® STEAM Park bricks. Working through a series of tasks and challenges, the programme finishes with a celebration event to recognise the children’s achievements.
As they work, they develop valuable habits of learning, such as persisting with tasks and applying previous knowledge to new situations. Throughout their experience, teams operate under the FIRST® LEGO® League core values, celebrating discovery and teamwork, all while having fun! Skills are also developed at home with the Discover More set: a take-home resource consisting of two sets of DUPLO® Six Bricks to continue learning at home with parents and carers.
Children get the chance to showcase their learning journey at the end of the programme with a Celebration Event, which involves building, a special challenge and talking about what they have learnt with parents and other adults. Their hard work and perseverance are celebrated with a certificate and lots of high fives!
What you can do
Teachers are fully supported with comprehensive resources available to download on the IET Teacher Resources webpage, including image banks to use within sessions, session and training videos, and curriculum grids.
You can sign up here, and if you're in a location with funding, complete the 30 Day Challenge to get grant funding to cover all the costs associated with delivering the programme in your school. The team at Learnit (Ireland) or the IET (UK) will support you through the process.
"There are no words that can express my appreciation for what this programme has done for the children involved. It is for me without doubt of huge value to UK and Irish education. I often tell the students that there are days that stay with you as long as you live. FIRST® LEGO® League keeps supplying our team with those, so thank you for that.”
- Neil Corrigan, Team Coach and Teacher
This can be done during curriculum time in 1 lesson per week
This guide provides an overview of what's involved in bringing FIRST® LEGO® League Discover to your school. More detailed resources and guidance are available through the IET website which is linked below.