Explore is FIRST LEGO League's entry-level program for elementary school-aged children (ages 6-10). Each year, students have fun exploring a new science and technology topic in teams as well as in class. They learn programming with a robotics set in a playful way and create a motorized LEGO model. The educational experience focuses on FIRST`s core values of respectful interaction, shared experience, and critical thinking. At the end of each season, participating teams as well as classes gather for a regional/local exhibition to present their results, share ideas, and have a great time together!
2–6 team members
A team consists of two to six team members between the ages of 6 and 10. The reference date for this age limit is January 1 of the year in which the seasonal topic is published. A team may be affiliated with an educational institution such as a school, after-school program or library, a club, or a family. Accompanied by at least one adult coach (e.g. teacher or parent), the students meet regularly for at least 12 weeks in an project group, privately among friends or as a neighborhood project to research and build. The coach registers the team for the current season, supervises it during the preparation phase and ultimately visits a regional exhibition with the children.
up to 30 students
FIRST LEGO League Explore In the Classroom is designed for a class of up to 30 students between the ages of 6 and 10. Teachers can individually integrate the program into their lessons according to their own time constraints - regardless of the schedule of the regular Explore season. Equipped with extensive program materials and several robotics sets, the entire class can work in project teams on research topics and LEGO models. As a culminating event, an in-school exhibition can be organized for the children to showcase their team models and research posters. If interested, a classroom team can sign up for an official Explore exhibition where they can compete and exchange ideas with other teams.
At FIRST LEGO League Explore, all teams are equal winners and receive an award at the exhibitions, where they present their model and poster to reviewers.
for special learning commitment and eagerness to try things out
for a beautiful model with many decorative elements
for extensive construction knowledge and a stable model
for unique movement of the model
for great model ideas and an eye-catching research poster
for a creative design with high quality elements
for team cohesion and mutual support
for mastering difficulties and improvisation skills
for helpfulness, friendliness and respect towards others