Exploring the world with fun

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!

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Who can

participate in


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.

School classes
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.

Evaluation and

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

Team spirit

for team cohesion and mutual support


for mastering difficulties and improvisation skills


for helpfulness, friendliness and respect towards others

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