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Junior FIRST LEGO League

Junior FIRST LEGO League (Jr.FLL) 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. Jr. FLL 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 Jr.FLL are hosted, organized, and managed by the community. This means anyone is able to run an event for Jr.FLL 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 Jr.FLL teams and celebrating their achievements. We encourage all teams to share what they have done with others, with just family or at an event.

National Jr. FLL website for the 2013 Disaster Blaster Season

Click the LOGO for more information

  What is Jr. FLL?

  • Get Involved
  • Start a Team
  • Events
  • National Registration
  • The Jr.FLL Challenge - Disaster Blaster: Prepare. Stay Safe. Rebuild.
  • Coach Resources
  • Coach Forum
  • Marketing Tools - handouts, logos, etc.
  • Contacts
  • Products and Pricing
Just for Oregon and SW Washington Teams
  • Information for 2013 Oregon Jr.FLL teams

  • PowerPoint from the 2013 Fall Information Night at OMSI for prospective coaches. (posted at time of information night in October)

Jr.FLL Teams

Teams can begin registering on the national Jr.FLL website on August 1, 2013. Jr.FLL National Team Registration will be $50 for a team of up to 6 kids.

The Jr.FLL challenge is based on the FLL theme for the year. In 2013/2014 season theme is exploring natural disasters. The Jr.FLL Challenge is named Disaster Blaster and the FIRST LEGO League Challenge is Nature's Fury.

  Jr.FLL 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 previously, please click here to see the the 2007 "Power Puzzle" Jr.FLL Challenge.

COSTS $50 for national Jr.FLL team registration
$30 per team to attend an OMSI Jr.FLL Expo
Team Materials

Any LEGO that you own can be used for the Jr.FLL 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.

Jr. FLL 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 Jr.FLL team? ORTOP can not 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 Jr. FLL Team? Any interested and motiviated adult can be a Jr.FLL coach. Special technical skills are not needed. Coaches decide when to meet. Usually Jr.FLL teams meet only once a week. Coaching duties can be shared by several adults. The Jr.FLL website will provide detailed support for coaching a Jr.FLL team. Many Jr.FLL 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 Jr.FLL Expos will be held March 8 and 9, 2014 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 Jr.FLL Expo will be held on March 15, 2014 at the Evergreen Space Museum.

Additional Expo is planned for the Columbia Gorge.

On February 1, 2014, all nationally registered Jr.FLL teams from Oregon/SW Washington will be sent an invitation by email to register for on Oregon Jr.FLL Expo event.

Too far away from Portland to attend the Jr.FLL Expo? Teams are welcomed to create their own Jr.FLL Expo for other teams.Questions? contact jrfll.oregon@gmail.com