We coach FIRST® LEGO® League Explore!

What is FIRST LEGO League Explore?

FIRST LEGO League (FLL) is an event that takes place all over the world annually to introduce children to science, technology, engineering, and maths (STEM) through fun, exciting hands-on learning using LEGO kits. In the UK, FLL is run by the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET).

Participants gain real-world problem solving experience through a guided, global robotics program. During the program, children are encouraged to experiment and grow their critical thinking, coding, and design skills through hands-on STEM learning and robotics.

We currently coach on First LEGO League Explore, a non-competitive hands-on STEM programme for 6 to 9 year olds, which encourages children to investigate a real-world theme, develop teamwork, design and programming skills – and have fun.

Teams of up to 6 students focus on the fundamentals of engineering as they explore real-world problems, learn to design, and code, and create unique solutions made with LEGO bricks and powered by LEGO® Education WeDo 2.0.

Once they’ve created their model and programmed it, the teams present their work at an FLL Festival where they get to see the creations of other teams from around the country and get lots of praise and reward!

What do students need to produce for FIRST LEGO League Festival?

Children work in teams of up to 6 to produce the following for their presentation at the FIRST LEGO League Festival :

  1. Team model
  2. Moving Element using the Lego WeDo
  3. Team “Show me” poster

The FLL Explore festival is non-competitive. On the day, you’ll meet a group of reviewers. This is your opportunity to communicate your ideas, share your learning and show off your brilliant programming.

This day is all about the students and showing off everything that they’re learnt. At the end of the day, all attendees get a LEGO FLL Medal and certificate to take home.

Child taking part in FLL Explore

What does a coach do?

Team coaches are a huge part of what makes FIRST® LEGO® League Explore possible. As well as running the team sessions and accompanying the team to the Festival, we look to uphold the FIRST Core values of :

  • Discovery
  • Innovation
  • Impact
  • Inclusion
  • Teamwork
  • Fun

You do not need any specific experience to be a team coach – just a passion for inspiring children and the ambition to develop their STEM, coding and communication skills!

Luckily, I have those things in spades, as well as the experience and the all the necessary LEGO kit to boot!

Send me a message me about how to to get me on your team!

At the moment I do not coach the 4-6 age group. However, next year I may have additional staff who are capable of coaching this age group. FIRST LEGO League Discover was a huge hit in the 2020-21 season, so if you are interested, you’ll need to sign up early.

If you need a coach, send me a message and I’ll see what I can do to help you.

For the 2020-21 season, I’m not coaching FIRST® LEGO® League Challenge, but if you need a coach for the 2021-22 season, get in touch.

FIRST® LEGO® League is a collaborative event, so you’ll need to be part of a team to take part.

I’m based in Kingston-upon-Thames, so I can support local teams in person who want to get together through my LEGO clubs.

Depending on where you are I may also be able to support you virtually if you have the kit.

Get in touch and let’s discuss.

I try and arrange my coaching to suit your timings and budget, so please get in touch and let’s talk through your needs.

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