“FIRST® LEGO® League Explore brings science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) to kids, grades 2-4 through fun, exciting hands-on learning. FIRST® LEGO® League Explore participants gain real-world problem-solving experiences through a guided, global robotics program, helping today’s students and teachers build a better future together.”
- Kaitlin Ilnitzki, Assistant Director, VA+DC FIRST LEGO League
FIRST LEGO League Explore 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 6-10 year old students and it's an exciting, non-competitive STEM challenge that rapidly develops teamwork, design,...
FIRST LEGO League Explore 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 6-10 year old students 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 program one part to move using LEGO® Education WeDo 2.0 software. 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.
What you can do
Teachers and coaches are fully supported with comprehensive resources available to download on the VA+DC FIRST LEGO League webpage, training videos, digital assets and support.
You can sign up here, complete the 30 Day Challenge to get grant funding to cover all the costs associated with delivering the program in your school or community group and the team at the 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 Explore to your school or community group. More detailed resources and guidance are available through the FIRST website which is linked below.