FIRST® LEGO® League Discover harnesses young minds’ natural curiosity and builds habits of learning, confidence, and teamwork skills. This guided experience for grades Pre-K through 1st provides facilitators with the tools and resources to lead their learners as they explore STEM through play using the LEGO® Education STEAM Park.
- Kaitlin Ilnitzki, Assistant Director, VA+DC FIRST® LEGO® League
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 ...
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 program finishes with a Celebration Event to recognize 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 Six Bricks to continue learning at home with parents and caretakers.
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 VA+DC FLL webpage, including image banks to use within sessions, session and training videos, and curriculum grids.
You can [sign up here] (https://www.changex.org/ie/First-lego-league-discover-us/start), complete the 30 Day Challenge to cover all the costs associated with delivering the program in your school and the team at VA+DC FLL will support you through the process..
These programs have been an amazing resource for both the children and families in our community. As a volunteer for 20 years, I’ve gotten to see countless students come through the programs, learning and growing in ways that continue to amaze me. It’s so much more than just the robots. The creativity, problem solving and teamwork skills that these programs foster will stay with these students throughout their lives and have already enabled them to impact their communities for the better. It’s been an honor to be a part of that process for all these years.
- Karen Berger, Key Volunteer
How to get involved
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 FIRST website which is linked below.