FIRST® LEGO® League Explore
FIRST LEGO League Jr. has a new name! FIRST nationals has rebranded FLL Jr. to now fall under the FIRST LEGO League umbrella and will now be called FIRST LEGO League Explore – same program and impact! For more information on the brand refresh visit https://www.firstinspires.org/robotics/fll/what-is-first-lego-league.
The DFW Technology & Education Council serves as the FIRST® LEGO® League Explore Program Delivery Partner in North Texas.
FIRST® LEGO® League Explore is designed to introduce STEM concepts to kids ages 6 to 10, while exciting them through a brand they know and love − LEGO®. Guided by two or more adult Coaches, teams (up to 6 members, ages 6-10) explore a real-world scientific problem such as food safety, recycling, energy, etc. Then they create a Show Me poster that illustrates their journey of discovery and introduces their team. They also construct a motorized model of what they learned using LEGO® elements. In the process, teams learn about teamwork, the wonders of science and technology, and the FIRST® LEGO® League Explore Core Values, which include respect, sharing, and critical thinking. At the close of each season, teams come together on a regional basis to attend an FLL Explore Expo present their models, share ideas, celebrate, and have fun!
FLL Explore teams in Texas get to do the Texas Two-Step for registration! All FLL Explore teams worldwide must register nationally with FIRST® for this year’s challenge PLAY MAKERS to be considered an official FLL Explore team and receive the annual challenge materials- that’s Step One. Next, FLL Explore teams who wish to participate in local events must also register for each expo they attend. Teams in North Texas will register through DFW Technology and Education Council.
- NATIONAL REGISTRATION
Initial registration for all FLL Explore Teams is regulated by FIRST® headquarters. In order to register as a FLL Explore Team, the team’s coach and/or coordinator must Register with FIRST®, create an individual profile and create a team.
After the team’s Lead Coach/Mentor has created a team, they will need to invite a 2nd Lead Coach/Mentor/Contact for the team. Both coaches must be screened through FIRST®‘s Youth Protection Program. The Lead Coach/Mentor also needs to invite each team member’s parent/guardian to register their child for the team. The purpose of this registration process is to ensure that all the necessary paperwork has been completed and is received by FIRST®.
For complete information on FLL Explore Registration, you can visit the FIRST® LEGO® League Explore Registration Homepage.
- LOCAL EXPO REGISTRATION
DFW Technology and Educational Council hosts the expos for FLL Explore events in North Texas. To register for expos, there is a fee ($50) per team, per expo.
FIRST LEGO League Explore Expo Dates
FIRST LEGO League Explore Expo dates will be announced in August for the 2020-2021 season.
- $99 National FLL Explore team Registration & program fees (annual national dues), includes “Inspire Set”, Challenge document, Engineering Notebooks, and Team Meeting Guide
- $190 FLL Explore Starter Set (reusable each season), includes WeDo 2.0 Core Set, Software, Baseplate
- $50 local expo registration fees
- Additional, optional purchases: Community Starter Set ($200), Community Minfigure Set ($55), Creative LEGO Brick Set ($60)