FIRST LEGO League Explore

Focused on building an interest in science and engineering in children ages 6-10,  FIRST® LEGO® League Explore (previously called FIRST LEGO League Jr.) is a hands-on program designed to capture young children’s curiosity and direct it toward discovering how science and technology impact the world around them. This program features a real-world challenge, to be explored through research, critical thinking and imagination. Guided by adult coaches and the FIRST LEGO League Explore Core Values, team members work with LEGO elements and motorized parts to build ideas and concepts and present them for review.

Children learn best when they construct something real. FIRST LEGO League Explore’s annual Challenge asks teams of up to 6 children, ages 6 to 10, to explore a real-world theme using an exclusive LEGO® Education Inspire Model as a starting point. From there, teams design their own models with LEGO® elements.

FIRST® LEGO® League Explore Class Pack includes curriculum for educators and facilitators to guide their students through 12 sessions designed to introduce the fundamentals of engineering through real-world problem solving. Using LEGO® bricks and powered by the LEGO® Education SPIKETM Essential, students will learn to design, code, and create unique solutions.

As they work, they learn basic engineering and programming skills with LEGO Education SPIKE Essential or WeDo 2.0 and apply those concepts to make their model move. Teams also document their work in an engineering notebook and share their journey through a team Show Me Poster.

Throughout their experience, teams operate under the FIRST Core Values, celebrating the FIRST philosophies of Gracious Professionalism® and Coopertition®. The season concludes in a non-competitive Festival to publicly applaud the accomplishments of each team!

You can learn more about how to deliver this program with your class or within your school or other organization: FLL Explore

Any group can create a team: schools, home schools, community groups, churches, or just some friends who wish to do something awesome. Technical experience is not required.

In 2021-2022, 96 percent of FIRST LEGO League teams in the region were affiliated with an elementary school, with the remaining teams coming from groups of family/friends, home school groups, or youth organizations.

We recommend checking with your local school to see if the FLL Explore program exists or if there is interest in starting one. 

If your school does not currently offer this program for Grades 2 – 4 students, please ask your school staff to reach out to FIRST Robotics Newfoundland and Labrador HERE for answers to questions or guidance in starting Explore!


2023 - 24 Season

The Future is Yours to Create

Lights, camera, STEAM! Science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM) inspire big ideas, bold action – and creativity. Our skills make it possible to create art and experiences that bring us together, entertain us, and move us. During our 2023-2024 arts-inspired robotics season, FIRST® IN SHOWSM presented by Qualcomm, we will celebrate the roles our STEM skills play in the arts and design and build a world of endless possibilities. The future is yours to create.

Schools and Organizations involved in FLL Explore