Starting a Jr.FLL Team
Junior FIRST LEGO League captures the interest of the youngest learners at FIRST. Season materials will be available when you register.
- Teams comprise 2-6 children, ages 6-9.
Generally we consider the upper age limit of 9 to be “hard” and the lower limit of 6 to be “soft”. If, after taking in the child’s developmental level, you feel they are capable of participating on a team, then by all means they’re allowed! We have found that kids younger than 6 can be very overwhelmed by the experience and those older than 9 may be bored or not wanting to “play with the little kids”. Remember, for kids that are 9 to 14, FIRST offers the FIRST LEGO League (FLL) program. We highly recommend having at least two members on a team, so that children may truly benefit from the team experience.
- FIRST does not create the teams or match children to teams. Any adult can start a team at their local level. However, FIRST has a team matching system for parents to search for teams in their area accepting new members. Or, you may find other parents interested in starting a team together. Try FIRST TeamUp!
- Teams may be made up of neighborhood groups, school groups, home school organizations, Girl Guides, Scouts, family members, and after school programs.
- Jr.FLL teams generally meet for 6-8 weeks. Each session should last for about one to two hours, once or twice a week. Many teams meet after school or during another group activity, such as during a Scout troop meeting.