For Schools: Junior FLL Curriculum Mapping Document "Transforming Teaching" Click Here to Download PDF
Coaches & Parents: Want to stay up to date on all things Junior FLL? Add yourself to our email list by clicking HERE!
Hosting a Boomtown Build Expo at your school or venue? Please register your event by clicking HERE!
Ordering Previous Season Inspire Sets (includes Mission Moon)?
*Includes FLL Challenge Kits & FLL Junior Inspire Set Orders
Cost: $50 per Inspire Set + Shipping
- Credit Card Order Link
*NT, TAS & WA orders not eligible - see below.
- Invoice Order Link
*For all orders requiring an invoice; issued by MQU.
*Online Credit Card orders available only for NSW, QLD, ACT, SA, & VIC at this time.
*Invoice orders are available for all orders, from all states & territory. Currently WA, TAS & NT orders must choose"invoice" option due to TNT shipment pricing.
*The order of an Inspire Set does not guarantee that an expo will be available in your area. If there is no organized expo, your team can still show off their work at a gathering of parents, a Parent-Teacher Night, or even at the local library.
Register for a 2019 Expo
- Current List PDF: Boomtown Build Expo List 2019!
- Click Here to Register for a Boomtown Build Expo!
*New expos will be added on a rolling basis.
*Each school or organisation may register a MAXIMUM of 5 teams per expo.
*Schools or organisations with more than 5 teams should host an expo at their school/venue & choose up to 5 teams to attend an outside expo.
- Boomtown Build Inspire Sets are scheduled to ship around 1 August 2019, after the bulk sea shipment from Denmark arrives in Sydney.
- Engineering Notebooks & Team Meeting Guide PDF's will be emailed to each coach (from Inspire Set orders) after 1 August launch.
- Online Credit Card orders will be available for NSW, QLD, ACT, SA, & VIC
- Invoice orders will be available for everyone. WA, TAS & NT orders must be via "invoice" option due to TNT shipment pricing.
- Boomtown Build challenge documents will release online August 1 2019.
- Materials for the Boomtown Build: CLICK HERE
*links to external FIRST site
- Expos are non-competitive. There is not a game and children do not compete for specific awards.
- A typical event lasts approximately two to four hours.
- Volunteer Reviewers visit with each team, check out teams' Models, and ask questions. This process is not meant to overwhelm the children - teams are reminded that the reviewers are looking forward to learning from them!
- In most areas, the FIRST LEGO League Jr. Partner organizes expos. You can see if there is a Partner in your area organizing expos here.
Important: FIRST Australia recommends - for schools with more than 5 teams - holding an expo for your students, parents, teachers & community and then choose up to 2 teams to attend an external expo from the registration list above. This is because space may be limited at each expo and we hope to have representative teams from all schools who wish to participate - but hosting 10 teams from one school might not be feasible at each expo. Please exercise "Gracious Professionalism" when registering for expos. Thanks so much!
For ALL FIRST Australia events, each participant including students and coaches must download, complete & submit on tournament day:
In addition to the FIRST Consent form, all NSW FIRST Events participants including students and coaches must download, complete & submit on tournament day:
In Australia, there are two LEGO® Education retailers for LEGO® WeDo Kits:
2019 -20 Challenge: BOOMTOWN BUILDSM
What if you could build a better world? Where would you begin?
More than ever, we must come together to innovate and solve problems. In FIRST, you are part of a thriving community brimming with inspiration, creativity, and hope for a stronger, more sustainable future—one that’s built better together. You have the power to help the cities, towns, and places you call home reach new heights. With the support of the FIRST community, this is your opportunity to lead our future forward—and up.
BOOMTOWN BUILD coming in August, 2019.
It’s never too early to discover STEM. FIRST LEGO League Jr.* 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 adult coaches and FIRST® Core Values, students build models using LEGO® Education WeDo 2.0 and create Show Me posters to present what they learned. The program focuses on building interest in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) through a real-world challenge – to be solved by research, critical thinking, and imagination.
* An alliance between FIRST and the LEGO Group
What does every FIRST LEGO League Jr. team need?
- 2 or more adult coaches willing and motivated to guide the team through the discovery and exhibition season (and beyond) – no special technical experience is required
- Up to 6 students, ages 6 to 10 willing to put in time (usually one or two days per week)
- A suitable meeting place, either public or private, that can accommodate the group & has internet access
- A LEGO® Education WeDo 2.0 to build & program
- A community sponsor(s) that will help fund your efforts and provide other support
- The desire to learn, explore, strategize, build camaraderie, share ideas and talents, make new friends, be accepted, & HAVE FUN!
When does FIRST LEGO League Jr. happen?
Registration opens in June in Australia, and information about the FIRST LEGO League Jr. season challenge is released in early August. The discovery and project season runs from August through June of the following year, and Expo season runs October through June. Expos allow teams the chance to show off what they have learned. Some teams will receive invitations to the FIRST LEGO League Jr. World Festival Expos at the end of April.
What is the time commitment?
As a coach or adult volunteer, you should be meeting with your team at least once per week during the discovery and creation season (12 sessions). You and your family can decide together how much time you can devote to the program.
As a team member, the same applies. Be prepared to meet once per for about 12 weeks. Like any sport or other after-school activity, the more time you invest in helping your team will add to your team’s success.
Any special skills required?
The really cool thing about FIRST LEGO League Jr. is . . . all skill levels are welcomed and needed, technical or non-technical. Teams need all kinds of skills and creativity to succeed, so what are you good at? Chances are we have a job for you. And we’ll probably teach you a few new ones while you’re with us.
The most successful team coaches are people with at least an interest in science and technology, and in helping kids discover and learn. But we can’t emphasize enough that no special technical skills are required. Anyone who wants to be a coach will receive all the training and help he or she needs.
Student team members are encouraged to bring any skills or interests they already have, but most importantly a desire to learn and solve problems as a team. FIRST LEGO League Jr. welcomes every student, with or without special skills. Like our coaches say, “This is the only sport where if you show up, you can play.”
Let's Recap & Get Started!
For the basics, here's the outline of what you need to get one team started in Australia:
- 2 - 6 Kids, Ages 6 - 10 *school, home or community based
- QTY 1 LEGO Education WeDo 2.0 Core Set *to be purchased from LEGO Education Authorised Retailer
- QTY 1 Junior Inspire Set from FIRST Australia *see sidebar
- Engineering Notebook & Team Meeting Guide PDFs are available by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
- Register for an Expo or Host one at your school *see sidebar for more information & registration links
Frequently Asked Questions
- How many teams can you have? Schools & organisations may establish an unlimited number of teams (each team must have their own LEGO WeDo set & an Inspire Set) - but registrations for individual expos may have a capped limit of teams. Schools or organisations with several teams are encouraged to hold their own expo. See details sidebar or contact email@example.com for more info.
- FIRST LEGO League Junior Inspire Set: Each team must purchase an Inspire Kit (currently $50 per team per set plus shipping). There is a new season & new Inspire Set released each year in August. (Please do not be confused with the US registration site which is $100 USD per team.) These kits are made from LEGO parts & have instructions for building missions & generally have non-electronic moving parts. This is why teams use a WeDo set to interact electronically.
- FIRST Sponsored Expos: Once the team has the seasonal Inspire Set, they may participate in unlimited expos for that particular season. Each August, the team must purchase the new Inspire Set.
- School Expos: Schools are encouraged to host an expo for their teams if there are no official expos being held close by. Schools are also welcome to host a school expo & also participate in an official expo, if available. Please download this Expo Guide to hosting a FIRST LEGO League Junior Expo!
- WeDo 2.0 Core Set (robotic/coding componet): Teams will only need to make this purchase once & will continue to use the set each year. Teams can also use the original WeDo kit from LEGO Education. The main difference in the current kit and original is that the original was "tethered to PC" in order to work; the WeDo 2.0 is untethered & bluetooth enabled to work with both PC & iPad, allowing freedom of movement in the electronics.