What is FIRST® LEGO® League Junior?
It is never too early to discover STEM (science, technology, engeneering, mathematics)!
FIRST® LEGO® League Junior was created by an initiative of the American foundation FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) and LEGO and has been developed to bring children from six to ten years to the STEM theme. The children will be introduced to the topics by the colorful bricks they already know.
Accompanied by two or more adult coaches, the teams (up to six team members) explore real existing problems such as ressources, recycling, energy, or the coexistence of humans and animals. They create a Show Me poster that presents their discovery and their team, and they build a motorized model of LEGO bricks. On the "journey" the children learn to work together in a team and explore the wonders of science and technology. The focus of the project are the FIRST® Core Values such as respectful approach, shared experience and critical thinking. At the end of each season, the teams meet for an exhibition to present their results, share ideas and have fun together.
FIRST® Core Values
The FIRST® Core Values are the cornerstone of all of the FIRST® programs. They are among the basic elements that distinguish the projects from other programs of this kind. Each FIRST® LEGO® League Junior team and everyone who is in contact with the teams should understand and respect these Core Values. We express the FIRST philosophies of Gracious Professionalism and Coopertition through the following Core Values:
- Discovery: We explore new skills and ideas.
- Innovation: We use creativity and persistence to solve problems.
- Impact: We apply what we learn to improve our world.
- Inclusion: We respect each other and embrace our differences.
- Teamwork: We are stronger when we work together.
- Fun: We enjoy and celebrate what we do!