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FIRST LEGO League Junior

FIRST LEGO League Junior (FLL Jr.) 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. FLL 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 one adult coach, 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 FLL Jr. are hosted, organized, and managed by the community. This means anyone is able to run an event for FLL 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 FLL 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 FLL Jr.?

FLL Jr. Teams

Teams can begin registering on the national FLL Jr. website in August.

The FLL Jr. challenge is based on the FLL theme for the year. 

FLL 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" FLL Jr. Challenge.

Registration fees $50 for national FLL Jr. team registration
$80 per team to attend FLL 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 FLL Jr Project model.

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

FLL 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 FLL 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.
also offers a team matching service called FIRST TeamUP!
Who can coach a FLL Jr. Team? Any interested and motiviated adult can be a FLL Jr. coach. Special technical skills are not needed. Coaches decide when to meet. Usually FLL Jr. teams meet only once a week. Coaching duties can be shared by several adults. The FLL Jr. website will provide detailed support for coaching a FLL Jr. team. Many FLL Jr. teams are mentored by a teen but an adult (at least 18 years of age) must be the official coach.
When are the Junior FIRST LEGO League Expos?

In Portland the FLL Jr. Expos will be held at OMSI.

Depending on the number of teams registered in Oregon we will hold 1 - 4 Expos at OMSI during the weekend, each limited to about 25 teams each.

In McMinnville a FLL Jr. Expo will be held at the Evergreen Space Museum.

Additional Expo is planned for the Columbia Gorge.

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

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