First Lego League Explore
FIRST® LEGO ® League Explore (formerly known as FIRST LEGO League Jr.) is a non-competitive robotics program established by FIRST®. The program delivery partner for FIRST LEGO League Explore (FLL Explore) in North Texas is the DFW Technology & Education Council. In Explore, teams of students ages 6-10 focus on the fundamentals of engineering as they explore real-world problems, learn to design and code, and create unique solutions made with LEGO® bricks and powered by LEGO® Education WeDo 2.0.
A group of 2-6 students (ages 6-10) and at least two adult coaches make up a FIRST LEGO League Explore team. Teams can be formed in a classroom, homeschool, after-school program, or by an out-of-school club, neighborhood group or family. Adult coaches and mentors are needed to guide the team and can include parents, grandparents, teachers or community volunteers. No technical experience is required.
REGISTRATION & MATERIALS
To participate in the FIRST LEGO League Explore 2020-2021 season, coaches will need to register their team nationally with FIRST. After registering a team, coaches will receive the exclusive PLAYMAKERS Explore Set, Engineering Notebooks for each student, and a Team Meeting Guide for coaches. Coaches can read the Team Meeting Guide and Engineering Notebook to gain an understanding of the season and what they will need to prepare. The team meeting guide outlines twelve team meeting sessions, providing 12-16 hours of guided activities for teams. Teams will also need a reusable LEGO Education WeDo 2.0 Core Set which can be purchased through FIRST. Additionally, it is recommended that each team has an electronic device, such as a laptop or tablet, for the team to research the challenge, download the LEGO® Education WeDo 2.0 software from the LEGO® Education website, and code their robot model.
During the FIRST LEGO League season, teams research the season Challenge and illustrate their research and journey using a Show Me Poster highlighting what they studied, learned, and information about their team. Teams then design and build a moving Model made of LEGO® parts based on their challenge research. Throughout their experience, teams are encouraged to express the FIRST philosophies of Gracious Professionalism and Coopertition while operating under the FIRST Core Values of Celebrating Discovery, Innovation, Impact, Inclusion, Teamwork and Fun!
The FIRST LEGO League Explore season culminates with Festivals (formerly called Expos), where students share what they’ve learned with volunteers, friends, and family, and showcase their team models and Show-Me posters. Festival event dates in North Texas for the 2020-2021 season will run late February 2021 thru late May 2021 and may include physical, remote, and a combination of physical and remote elements. Festival event dates for the 2020-2021 season will be released on December 11, 2020.
Teams register for Festival events in their area through their local program delivery partner. The program delivery partner for North Texas is the DFW Technology & Education Council. In order to be eligible to register for a local Festival event, teams must already be registered for the current 2020-2021 season with FIRST national and know their assigned 5-digit team number. Registration will open once Festival event dates are released.
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