Team & Coach
A FIRST LEGO League Explore Team consists of up to six team members between the ages of 6 and 10 years. Children should not be younger or older. The deadline for this age limit is the 1st of January of the year in which the tasks are published. The deadline for the season 2020/21, therefore, is January, 1st 2020.
A FIRST LEGO League Explore Team team is supported by at least one adult coach (minimum age 18 years). The coach is the contact person for the organizers of the exhibition. He/she accompanies and motivates the team during the preparation time and on the exhibition day.
Is previous knowledge required to participate in FIRST LEGO League Explore?
For FIRST LEGO League Explore technical and non-technical skills are welcome and essential. In order to be successful in the project, the teams need creativity and skill beyond a technical understanding. Each team member can bring their own talent.
As a coach, you should be interested in technology and science. In addition, a coach should be happy to help children discover and learn. However, no special technical knowledge is required. For anyone who wants to coach FIRST LEGO League Explore Team, we provide sufficient preparation materials.
What materials are required?
- Robot Set
We recommend the use of LEGO Education WeDo Set (all versions) to participate in the program. More experienced teams can also use the LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 set or the LEGO SPIKE Prime set under the condition that they integrate only one motor and max. 2 sensors in their team model.
For new teams, HANDS on TECHNOLOGY e.V. offers LEGO Education WeDo 2.0 sets to lend for their first season. This offer is only valid while stocks last. If you're interested please contact us.
Each officially registered FIRST LEGO League Explore team receives a so-called Inspire-Set. This set contains approximately 700 LEGO bricks and elements, 8 Minifigures, as well as 6 building plates (16 × 16 cm) and a building Instruction. The Inspire-Set is the starting point for the project work and the model to be built for the teams. There is a new Inspire-Set every season.
- LEGO bricks and elements
Teams will not need to buy additional building plates and LEGO elements. They are of course free to purchase and use additional LEGO elements if they want.
- Printed Materials
All teams will receive printed materials together with their Inspire Set: 1 Team Meeting Guide and 6 Engineering Notebooks, which contain the missions, a structure of the team meetings as well as many helpful tips & tricks. (Attention: German language documents are included in printed form in the package. English language documents will be sent as printable PDF. )
How much time is needed?
As a coach, you should meet with the team at least once a week during the preparation phase (approximately 12 team meetings). In addition, the coach accompanies the team on the day of the exhibition.
For the team members, the same time period applies. It is like a sports activity. The more prepared and practiced the team is, the bigger the success will be.
What are the costs?
The registration fee for FIRST LEGO League Explore is €137.00 per team plus the costs for postage and packaging (Germany: 12.00 Euro | Austria: 23.00 Euro | Switzerland: 37.00 Euro). The registration fee includes:
The Inspire-Set includes various LEGO elements and bricks, Minifigures, and building plates. From the end of July on it will be sent to officially registered teams.
- Resources for the coaches
Tips on web links, books, and resources to find support materials for the season theme.
- Team Meeting Guide (PDF)
A guide adjusted for the twelve-week preparation phase. The guide provides lessons and activities to assist the coach during the season.
- Engineering Notebook (PDF)
A workbook for the teammembers which can be used at every teammeeting. The workbook provides tasks, places for notes and drawings.
Through support from companies there are several options for interested teams to apply for a scholarship. Please find more information here.
The online registration for the 2020/2021 FIRST LEGO League Explore season starts on April 20th. Depending on the date of the exhibition, teams can register up to 4 weeks before the event. New team coaches must go through a two-step registration process: Registration of the e-mail address and registration of the team for an official FIRST LEGO League Explore exhibition venue.
Requirements for registration are summed up: an FIRST LEGO League Explore Team with up to 6 members between 6 and 10, an adult Coach, an LEGO Education WeDo 2.0 Robot Set and funding for the FIRST LEGO League Explore Registration fee.
To register please go to Coach Login. Please note, an FIRST LEGO League Explore Coach can register several teams but only in the same FIRST LEGO League Explore regional exhibition. A list of all locations can be found here.
The terms of the participation can be found in the subscription form for team registration and can be read here.