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FIRST LEGO League Junior

FIRST LEGO League Junior is a hands-on program designed to capture young children's inherent curiosity and creativity and direct it toward discovering the possibilities of improving the world around them. FIRST LEGO League Jr utilizes theme-based Challenges to engage kids in research, problem solving, and introductory engineering concepts. The cornerstones of the program are its Core Values, which emphasize contributions of others, friendly sportsmanship, learning, and community involvement.

Each annual Challenge has two parts, the Poster and the Model.  Working at their own pace in teams of up to 6 and guided by at least two adult coaches, kids:

  • Investigate the theme, according to the specific Challenge instructions
  • Document how they researched and what they learned on a creative poster
  • Build a model out of LEGO elements, incorporating a moving piece

The culmination of all that hard work for many teams is the participation in an event. Events for FIRST LEGO League Jr are hosted, organized, and managed by the community. This means anyone is able to run an event for FIRST LEGO League Jr teams, including you! The event can be similar to a science-fair type atmosphere, with the kids discussing their project with volunteers and other teams. The event experience is all about recognizing the FIRST LEGO League Jr teams and celebrating their achievements. We encourage all teams to share what they have done with others, with just family or at an event.

  What is FIRST LEGO League Jr?

FIRST LEGO League Jr Teams

Teams can begin registering on the national FIRST LEGO League Jr website in August.

The FIRST LEGO League Jr challenge corresponds with the FIRST LEGO League theme for the year. 

FIRST LEGO League Jr team members usually spend approximately one month exploring, investigating, designing and building a model made with LEGO bricks and elements. In conjunction, teams create a "Show Me" poster that depicts the teams’ experience during this process, through drawings and words.

To provide new coaches an idea what teams did in a previous season please click here to see the the 2007 "Power Puzzle" FIRST LEGO League Jr Challenge.

Registration fees $75 for national FIRST LEGO League Jr team registration
$80 per team to attend FIRST LEGO League Jr Expo.  
Teams can request a discount of up to $40 based on need. Requests for discount can be made during online registration with ORTOP. All complete requests for discounts will be approved.
Team Materials

Any LEGO that you own can be used for the FIRST LEGO League Jr Project model.

Teams can also purchase the optional kits; a We-Do kit or a LEGO motor and battery pack. Teams also create a low-cost "Show Me" board to document their team experience and project.

FIRST LEGO League Jr Teams should consider incorporating a motor powered by a battery pack to make something on their model move.
The Show Me Poster is usually a tri-fold board found at office supply stores.

Can ORTOP assign my child to a FIRST LEGO League Jr team? ORTOP cannot place your child on an existing team or connect you with an existing team. We suggest that you start your own team.
Who can coach a FIRST LEGO League Jr Team? Any interested and motiviated adult can be a FIRST LEGO League Jr coach. Special technical skills are not needed. Coaches decide when to meet. Usually FIRST LEGO League Jr teams meet only once a week. Coaching duties can be shared by several adults. The FIRST LEGO League Jr website will provide detailed support for coaching a FIRST LEGO League Jr team. Many FIRST LEGO League Jr teams are mentored by a teen but an adult (at least 18 years of age) must be the official coach. Coaches must complete a free background check as part of the team registration process.
When are the FIRST LEGO League Junior Expos?

In Portland the FIRST LEGO League Jr Expos will be held at OMSI.

Depending on the number of teams registered in Oregon we will hold 4 Expos at OMSI during the weekend, each limited to about 25 teams each.

In McMinnville 2 FIRST LEGO League Jr Expos will be held at the Evergreen Space & Aviation Museum.

Additional Expo is planned for the Columbia Gorge.

All nationally registered FIRST LEGO League Jr teams from Oregon/SW Washington will be sent an invitation by email to register for on Oregon FIRST LEGO League Jr Expo event.

Too far away from Portland, McMinnville or the Gorge to attend an FIRST LEGO League Jr Expo? Teams are welcomed to create their own FIRST LEGO League Jr Expo for other teams. Questions? Contact jfll-questions@ortop.org