FIRST® LEGO® League Junior in Minnesota (MN FLL Jr.) is part of an international robotics program that includes teams from 13 countries.
Teams work together to discover how science and technology impact the world around them. Guided by adult coaches, teams work with LEGO® elements to build a motorized model and create a Show Me poster related to their research of a yearly theme.
Changes for FLL Jr. in 2016 and beyond
The Challenge – What a team does
The Challenge is thematic, changes yearly, and has two parts – the LEGO® Model and the Show Me Poster. Teams of 2-6 students typically meet once per week for 4-6 weeks.
Show Me Poster
Teams research the current Challenge theme, and display their findings on a Show Me Poster.
Using all LEGO® elements, teams will design and build a model correlating with the current Challenge theme that contains both a simple machine and a motorized part.
The 6 FLL Jr. Core Values introduce the concepts of being a team, discovery and Gracious Professionalism®.
FLL Jr. Expos
The culmination of the hard work for many teams is their participation in a MN FLL Jr. Expo. Volunteer Reviewers will interview the teams to learn about their LEGO® Model and Show Me Poster. Teams may also share their work on the virtual FLL Jr. Showcase.
This hands-on program is focused on building an interest in science and engineering in children ages 6-9 and capturing a child’s natural curiosity. Visit the national FLL Jr. webpage for more program details.
High Tech Kids, in partnership with FIRST®, brings FIRST® LEGO® League Junior to Minnesota.
Due to our partnership agreement with FIRST®, we are unable to place children on teams. If you are interested in finding an existing team, please try the FIRST® Team Up Forum.
High Tech Kids - A Minnesota 501 (c)(3) nonprofit, supports Jr.FLL, FLL, and FTC teams in Minnesota by offering training, tournament opportunities, volunteer coordination and community outreach. Since its inception in 1999, High Tech Kids has grown from serving 175 youth to more than 43,000 students across the state, with the help of over 1800 volunteers.
FIRST® - For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST®) is the national nonprofit that authors and executes the yearly theme for FIRST® LEGO® League Junior (FLLJr.), FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL), and FIRST® Tech Challenge (FTC). Teams must be registered nationally in order to participate locally.