"Welcome to FIRST® LEGO® League on ChangeX. FIRST® LEGO® League introduces science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to children ages 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."
- Demi Cornell, Institution of Engineering and Technology FIRST® LEGO® League Programme Manager
FIRST® LEGO® League shows young people what it means to be an engineer and work with STEM skills and subjects, but focuses on practical, hands-on learning, so they are doing, not watching. FIRST® LEGO® League Explore is designed for 6-9 year-olds and it's an exciting, non-competitive STEM challenge that rapidly develops teamwork, design, programming,...
FIRST® LEGO® League shows young people what it means to be an engineer and work with STEM skills and subjects, but focuses on practical, hands-on learning, so they are doing, not watching. FIRST® LEGO® League Explore is designed for 6-9 year-olds and it's an exciting, non-competitive STEM challenge that rapidly develops teamwork, design, programming, digital and communication skills.
Each year a theme relevant to the world around them is chosen as a focus for the children’s work. The teams research the topic, displaying their ideas on a team poster, build a LEGO® model and programme one part to move using LEGO® Education SPIKE Essential. Teams will then prepare to share their work and celebrate what they have discovered with a team of reviewers and other local teams at a FIRST® LEGO® League Explore Festival.
FIRST® LEGO® League Explore Class Pack is an ‘in house’ version of the globally recognised FIRST® LEGO® League Explore programme. It gives you the opportunity, resources and guidance to run and deliver the programme within your curriculum time.
What you can do
Teachers and coaches are fully supported with comprehensive resources available to download on the IET Teacher Resources webpage, training videos, digital assets and support.
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 or community group. 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 Explore to your school or community group. More detailed resources and guidance are available through the IET website which is linked below.