FIRST® LEGO® League Explore is a global STEM challenge for teams of young people, to explore a real-world theme, develop teamwork, design and programming skills – and have fun.
FIRST® LEGO® League Explore rapidly develops teamwork, design, programming and communication skills, but the most important thing is that it is great fun and makes the children feel proud of what they have achieved!
How does FIRST LEGO League Explore Work?
Register your Team
FIRST® LEGO® League Explore is for young people aged 6-9yrs (first - fifth class), working in teams of up to 4 students with a supporting adult coach. We have teams taking part from schools (in class and after school), volunteer groups, youth clubs and more.
Complete the Challenge
Each year FIRST® LEGO® League releases a new challenge for the teams. The challenge involves teams designing and building a robotic LEGO Model using LEGO Education WeDo 2.0 & the FIRST LEGO League Explore Inspire kit along with creating a Show Me Poster.
Attend an Regional or In-School Showcase
Present your robotic model and show me poster to your peers and adults at one of our regional showcase events or host your own event in your school. We have lots of support to help you along your journey
What do FIRST LEGO League Explore teams do?
Research the Challenge
Each year a theme related to a real word topic poses a challenge to teams. Teams will need to research the topic in order to progress through the challenge.
Develop an Innovative Solution
Teams must develop an innvative solution and present their findings (in imaginative ways!) to a team of reviewers and their peers.
Design and Build
Teams prototype their innovative solution using the Inspire kit and LEGO Education WeDo 2.0. They must also code and engineer moving components into their models.
Show your findings
Children get the chance to showcase their learning journey at the end of the programme with a Celebration Event, which involves showcasing their project and innovative solution.
What do we need to take part in FIRST LEGO League Explore?
LEGO Education WeDo 2.0
Each team will require a LEGO Education WeDo 2.0 set, along with a device (tablet/laptop) to code on. WeDo 2.0 brings STEM to life and is an excellent resource for your classroom outside of FIRST LEGO League.
Visit the registration page to see our bundle packs of WeDo 2.0 & Explore class packs.
Register for this years Season
When you register your class for FIRST LEGO League Explore you will receive a Explore set for each team of four children. Each Explore set includes an Inspire set with over 700 bricks and pieces along with a team meeting guide with 12 lesson plans and engineering notebooks for each participant. Full details can be found on our registartion page.
The Explore Registration kit
Upon registering for FIRST LEGO League Explore you will receive an Inspire kit for each team, an Engineering notebook for each student and a comprehensive teachers guide. This guide will assist you with your FIRST LEGO League Explore journey and can be referenced as much or as little as you like.
What supports are available?
The IET have been fantastic in support the growth of STEM in Ireland through their support of FIRST LEGO League. Through the IET you can apply for support Team & Class Pack Registration.
Please note registration for funding closes on the 26th November 2020.
As part of your registration you will have access to our range of online resources which includes our E-learning platform. Here you will receive support to get you up and running with WeDo 2.0, lesson plans and technical know how.
We will also host a fortnightly webinar to answer all your questions and network with other teachers and experts.