Start a Team

Junior FIRST® LEGO® League captures the interest of the youngest learners at FIRST. Start your team today.

Step 1: Form Your Team(s)
  • Recruit 2 to 6 children between the ages of 6 - 9 interested in building, researching, or being part of a team.
  • Have more than 6 children interested? Don’t worry; one coach can have multiple teams.

Step 2: Register Your Team(s)
  • Register your team(s) in our Team Information Management System (TIMS). Registration is open from August to April of each year. The full Jr.FLL experience can be completed in just a few months so you can start at any time.
  • You will need to have TWO Coaches, over the age of 18, pass the FIRST Youth Protection Screening prior to being able to pay for your team, access materials etc. There are NO EXCEPTIONS to this rule.  The screening process is simple and easy, the registration system walks you through the process, however it could take a few days for your Coaches to pass screening.  Please plan accordingly.
  • Registration fee is $50 per team. There may be additional costs for LEGO products; depending on what you have for materials and what is needed. You may purchase these products from LEGO Education by following the link in TIMS once you register.

Step 3: Order Your Materials
You have the option to order materials at a discounted price directly from LEGO Education by following the link in your TIMS account. You may use materials you already have at home; all you need are LEGO bricks/elements and a motor.

pdf-icon2014-2015 LEGO Education Product Assortment Price List

  • Most teams use 400 to 1,000 LEGO parts during the season.  
  • LEGO provides every team with approximately a 20% discount on specific kits designed for the Jr.FLL program.  
  • The Jr.FLL Base Kit is recommended if you are a new team. It has everything your team needs for the season.  
  • You may use LEGO bricks/elements you already own. You must include at least one motorized part in your model. 
  • Have everything but a motor? Check out the product descriptions above. 
  • Want more? Try the Jr.FLL Robotics Kit to experience programming skills using LEGO Education WeDo Software.

Step 4: Begin the Challenge
  • Once you have your permanent team number(s) and products, download the Challenge materials and Coaches' Manual through the Online Showcase to get started.
  • You will need a place to hold your team meetings.  Ask a local school if they have a free classroom available, or a library.  You may also ask friends, family, and team members’ families if they have additional space to host meetings.

Step 5: Attend a Jr.FLL Event
Events provide the opportunity for a team to showcase their LEGO model and Show Me poster, in a non-competitive environment.  These are organized in a variety of ways:
  • Display at a friend’s or family’s house;
  • Display at a local library, school, or gymnasium;
  • Host a larger event with several teams to display teams' in a public venue. Post your event on the Event page so other teams in the area can showcase with your team;
  • Check to see if there is a local Jr.FLL Event in your area by visiting the Event page
  • Or the big one ….. the Jr.FLL World Festival Expo; Jr.FLL teams worldwide apply to attend the Expo and are chosen via lottery to join all FIRST programs in one annual event.


Frequently Asked Questions about Teams

(for those who want more detailed information)

How does the Junior FIRST LEGO League program work?
How do I start a team?
Can anyone coach?
How many kids can be on a team?
What are the age limits for kids participating in Jr.FLL?
How do I join a team?
What is a typical Jr.FLL season?
What resources will I receive as a coach?
How do I get Challenge materials?
What is the Junior FIRST LEGO League Team Meeting Guide?
Where can I hold a meeting?
Do you have programs for children after they “age out” of Jr.FLL?

How does the Junior FIRST LEGO League program work?
Teams meet once or twice a week for 6-8 weeks. Students will become familiar with the Challenge, and choose a topic to research which pertains to the task at hand. The sheer scope of the theme each year can be mind-boggling, even for adults, but the Challenge lays the groundwork for understanding larger issues, concepts that the team members will surely take with them as they grow. Once teams do the research, they will build a model and create a Show Me poster to present their findings.  To finish off the season, teams may choose to attend a Jr.FLL Expo if there is one available in their area.

How do I start a team?
Teams are structured in a variety of different ways; some are clubs or after-school programs that meet year-round, while others are formed by parents, community organizations, or youth groups. For this and other reasons, we do not match individual children with pre-existing teams. Also, for privacy reasons, we are not able to share lists of team contact information. We encourage parents and teachers to start teams in their areas and then invite other interested students to join.

Can anyone coach?
Yes!  Coaches guide the team through the season by facilitating discussion and encouraging problem solving. No technical background is required to be a coach, just a willingness to learn with the children. The coach is the main point of contact and is responsible for disseminating all information to the team.

How many kids can be on a team?
Teams may have a few as two (2), but no more than six (6) students. The maximum of six kids on a team was decided as it is the maximum number we feel can all work on one model at the same time. Please adhere to team sizes as they are designed to ensure all kids get the maximum benefit from the program.

What are the age limits for kids participating in Jr.FLL?
Children participating on a Jr.FLL team are 6-9 years old. Generally, we consider the upper age limit of 9 to be "hard" and the lower limit of 6 to be "soft." Children younger than 6 or older than 9 may participate if, after taking the child's developmental level into consideration, you feel they would benefit from taking part in the Jr.FLL program. However, we have found that kids younger than 6 can be overwhelmed by the experience, and that those older than 9 may be bored and/or not want to play with "little" kids.  We offer FIRST LEGO League (FLL) for children ages 9-14 (9-16 outside US/CAN/Mexico).

How do I join a team?
There are a couple of different options for connecting with people in your area.

  • FIRST TeamUp
    A community-driven system that allows parents, coaches, and mentors to connect with one another to form teams. FIRST does not guarantee that users will find a team through the system. Information provided is based upon information voluntarily entered by other users. Think of it as a database of users looking to connect to form new teams!. If you are looking for a team to join, we strongly suggest that you also specify that you are looking to “connect” with other people when creating your account. Typically there are more people looking to join teams than there are teams looking to recruit members.
  • FIRST Forums
    The Forums provide an alternative venue for connecting with other interested people in your area.

You also can contact your local Jr.FLL Partner as they may know of a team in the area looking for new members.  To find this information, please visit our US/CAN or Global Contact pages.

What is a typical Jr.FLL season?
As with all of our programs, the Jr.FLL season will promote the Core Values. We ask that everyone affiliated with a team keep these values in mind throughout the season. The coach will guide the team through the season; facilitating discussions, and problem solving along the way. All teams will follow a similar path through the season:

  • Think About It! - Brainstorm about the topic and Challenge at large; narrow down the research topic.
  • Learn About It! - Conduct research pertaining to the Challenge, compile and make sense of the information.
  • Build It! – Teams design, build, and finalize a LEGO model with at least one motorized part and one simple machine that represents information they learned during their research.
  • Share It! - Teams will create a Show Me poster that shows what they have learned about the Challenge topic.  They practice presentation skills and will then share what they learned with parents, teachers, people who helped find the answers, team sponsors, other kids - whoever.    They may also have the opportunity to attend a non-competitive Jr.FLL Expo.

What resources will I receive as a coach?
Once you have registered for the season and receive a permanent team number, you will have access to a variety of materials for download. See Registration for a detailed list.

How do I get Challenge materials?
Registered and paid teams have access to all the Challenge materials.  See Registration for instructions on how to access.

What is the Junior FIRST LEGO League Team Meeting Guide?
The Team Meeting Guide is a resource for coaches to use to guide their team through a successful Jr.FLL season.  Activities and lessons contained in the Team Meeting Guide align with the Challenge theme for the season, allowing coaches to move through the 6-8 weeks in an organized manner. Use the pack as a guide, use it as a script for every meeting, or just simply use it as a timeline inserting your own activities along the way.  It contains 12 main focus sessions, with 4 additional drop-in sessions, each lasting between 60 and 90 minutes. Teams will experience team building activities, conduct research using a variety of media, learn about simple machines and the engineering design process, and have the opportunity to practice presentation skills.  

Where can I hold a meeting?
Meetings can be held anywhere. Popular venues for holding meetings are:

  • A school
  • A coach or team member’s home
  • Neighborhood community facility
  • Library

Do you have programs for children after they “age out” of Jr.FLL?
As children grow we encourage them to “graduate” to our next program. For kids that are 9-14 yrs old (9-16 outside US/CAN/Mexico) check out FIRST LEGO League (FLL).