In the classroom

Here you will learn how the whole class can participate

Package for the classroom

FIRST LEGO League Explore (formerly FIRST LEGO League Junior) covers many important learning contents that are a topic at primary schools at the same time: The children learn to express their ideas and find solutions in the group. By dealing with STEM topics, the children acquire first skills in technical and digital education.

We therefore offer the "FIRST LEGO League Explore - In the Classroom" package for schools.

With this package, teachers can integrate the project into lessons according to their own time schedule, as they do not have to follow the schedule of the FIRST LEGO League Explore season. For a nice end to the project, it is a good idea to organize an internal school event. At this event, the children have the opportunity to present their team models and research posters and receive awards for their participation - just like at an exhibition of the official FIRST LEGO League Explore. This internal event is optional.

Which materials are needed?

The package includes all the materials needed for up to 30 children and two coaches - meaning that up to 5 teams in one class can work on the project at the same time. 

  • Inspire Set
    Each class team receives five so-called Inspire Sets. Each set contains approximately 700 LEGO bricks and elements, 8 minifigures, and 6 base plates 16 cm × 16 cm). The Inspire Set is the starting point for the project work and the model to be built for the teams. Every season there is a new Inspire Set.
  • Guide for team meetings for coaches/teachers
    With the two Team Meeting Guides, we give the coaches all the information they need to prepare and conduct the meetings. (Attention: German language documents are included in printed form in the package. English language documents will be sent as printable PDF.)
  • Engineer notebooks
    Each classroom set includes 30 engineer notebooks. Each team member receives a copy at the first team meeting. The engineers notebook is to be used by the team members to record ideas, notes and sketches and is needed at every team meeting. (Attention: German language documents are included in printed form in the package. English language documents will be sent as printable PDF.)
  • Medals and Certificates
    The set contains 30 medals and five certificates. The medals and certificates will be sent as a separate package.
  • Guidance document for exhibition organization at the school
    The package also includes a guide on how to organize a FIRST LEGO League Explore exhibition at school.

In addition, each of the five teams requires:

  • Robot set (not included in the price)
    By default, we encourage FIRST LEGO Explore Teams to use LEGO Education WeDo/WeDo 2.0. Experienced teams can also use LEGO Mindstorms EV3 robot sets on condition that only one motor and max. to integrate two sensors into their model.
  • LEGO bricks
    Teams do not need any other LEGO bricks and base plates in addition to the Inspire Set. But of course, each team is free to use more LEGO elements.

How much time is needed?

As a teacher, you can integrate the topic very well into the lessons and are not bound to any time limit.

We recommend an internal school exhibition as a conclusion of the project, where all children have the opportunity to present their team models and research posters. They will receive awards (in the form of medals and certificates) for their participation - just like at an exhibition of the official FIRST LEGO League Explore. This internal event is optional.

The individual schedule may depend on whether one (or more) team(s) from the class should participate in an official exhibition.

What costs arise?

The package "FIRST LEGO League Explore in the classroom" has a special price of 435 € (instead of 685 €, plus shipping) and is sufficient for 30 children or 5 teams. It contains:

  • 5 Inspire Sets 

  • 30 Engineer Notebooks

  • 2 Guides for the team meetings

  • 30 Medals and 5 Team Certificates

  • Guidance document for exhibition organization at the school

  • Login for Coaches
    In the Coach Login, we provide a lot of tips on links, videos, and events to help you find supporting material for editing the seasonal theme. It also provides a coaching guide that provides general information and guides coaches through the season.

Registration

The online registration for the regular exhibition season 2020/21 starts on April 20th, 2020. Depending on the exhibition date, the teams can register until 4 weeks before the event. New team coaches go through a two-stage sign-up process: register the email address and sign up for "FIRST LEGO League Explore in the Classroom".

For the project "In the classroom" the exhibition is organized by you within your school. You also have the possibility to register one of your teams for an official exhibition. Please plan a few weeks in advance and choose an exhibition with free capacities. In this case, please contact Andrea Kaden: ak@hands-on-technology.org. A list of all locations can be found here. This registration is included in the registration fee of the project "In the classroom". For the participation of further teams in an official exhibition, there will be a fee of 79 € per team.

You can find the conditions of participation in the registration form, but also here to read.