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CNF FIRST® LEGO® League Junior Expo!

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We are grateful to The Shell Corporation for their continued support of this event.

Cornell NanoScale Facility FIRST LEGO League Jr. Expo on Saturday, January 28th!

The Cornell NanoScale Facility (CNF) will be hosting the CNF FIRST LEGO League Jr. (FLL Jr.) Expo on Saturday, January 28th, from 1 – 3:30 PM in the Duffield Hall atrium. Over 20 teams of kids, ages 6 – 9, will be presenting their work on the Creature Craze FLL Jr. challenge to the public as well as friendly reviewers. Local organizations will have fun activities for all to enjoy. We want this event to be accessible for all, so if you need any accommodations to participate in our event, please contact the event organizer, Daniel Woodie.

Event Schedule:

Noon-1 PM -- Preregistered FLL Jr. teams arrive to check-in, setup their models and posters, and get ready for the opening ceremonies
1 PM
-- Opening Ceremonies
1:15-2 PM
-- Teams will present their work to reviewers and the public
2 PM-3 PM
-- Fun activities for all, including:

  • Ithaca Sciencenter crafts and stomp rockets
  • Cornell Herpetology club will have various reptiles on display
  • Cornell Raptor Club will be present with activities for kids
  • Ithaca High School’s FIRST Robotics Challenge (FRC) Team Code Red will be demonstrating their robot
  • Local Award-Winning FIRST LEGO League Team will be doing LEGO robotics demonstrations
3 PM -- Award Ceremony

Location: Duffield Hall atrium, located on the Engineering Quad, 343 Campus Road, Ithaca NY.

Parking: Parking is restricted on campus, even on the weekend. Free parking will be available in the Cornell Parking Garage located at 167 Hoy Road, which is a short walk from Duffield Hall. People can be dropped off in the parking lot located adjacent to the Duffield Hall atrium off of Hoy Road, and limited handicapped parking is available in this lot, but no general parking is available.

Food: Our local FIRST LEGO League team will be hosting a bake sale of snacks and drinks during the event. Vending machines and water fountains are also available.

We hope you can come and be a part of our event!

If you have any questions on the CNF FLL Jr. Expo, please contact:
Daniel Woodie, CNF FLL Junior Expo Coordinator
Cornell University, 344 Duffield Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853-2700
(607) 254-4891 • [email]

Swing like a monkey, fly like a bat, or hop like a frog into the FIRST® LEGO® League Jr. CREATURE CRAZEsm season. Whether in zoos, on the farm, or in your own back yard, we all encounter animals in our lives. In the 2016-2017 CREATURE CRAZE Challenge, over 40,000 children will dive into the wonders of the animal kingdom. What will you learn about our furry, feathered, and finned friends?
Each year, FIRST® LEGO® League Jr. presents a new and exciting Challenge to ignite the creativity of children age 6 to 10. While exploring the real-world theme, teams will use basic engineering concepts to build a model made of LEGO® elements. They will also learn to present information through a Show Me Poster. Throughout their experience, teams will operate under the FIRST® LEGO® League Jr. Core Values, celebrating discovery, teamwork, and Gracious Professionalism®.


It's never too early to discover STEM. STEM stands for to science, technology, engineering and math concepts. FIRST LEGO League Jr. is designed to introduce STEM concepts to kids ages 6 to 10 while exciting them through a brand they know and love − LEGO®.

Guided by adult Coaches, teams (up to 6 members, grades K-3) explore a real-world scientific problem such as food safety, recycling, energy, etc. Then they create a Show Me poster that illustrates their journey of discovery and introduces their team. They also construct a motorized model of what they learned using LEGO elements. In the process, teams learn about teamwork, the wonders of science and technology, and the FIRST LEGO League Jr. Core Values, which include respect, sharing, and critical thinking. At the close of each season, teams come together at Expos to strut their stuff, share ideas, celebrate, and have fun!

General Information about FIRST

is a nonprofit organization that has developed the FLL and Jr.FLL challenges for other organizations (like Cornell University) to run. The Cornell NanoScale Facility (CNF) at Cornell University operates independently from the FIRST organization, but runs the Expo following the framework developed by FIRST. More information about the FIRST organization and the competitions they organize at the elementary, middle, and high school levels can be found at their web site.

FIRST Web Site

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