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CNF Junior FIRST(R) LEGO(R) League




The 2014 Junior FIRST® LEGO® League Season has started! From the FIRST® web site:

There’s always something new to learn, as Junior FIRST® LEGO® League teams will find out this season. In the 2014 Jr.FLL THINK TANK(SM) Challenge, over 26,000 children ages 6 to 9 from 14 countries will take a closer look at where and how learning happens every day. Get ready to dive into the Jr.FLL THINK TANK!

Each year, Jr.FLL® presents a new and exciting Challenge to ignite the inherent creativity in young children. While exploring the real-world theme, teams will learn about simple machines as they build a model made of LEGO® elements with a motorized part. They will also learn to present information through a Show Me Poster. Throughout their experience, teams will operate under Jr.FLL’s signature set of Core Values.

Our Jr.FLL Expo will be held on Saturday, January 31st, from 1:00-3:30 PM in the spacious Duffield Hall atrium. The Expo will give the teams a chance to share their LEGO creations and Show Me posters to friendly reviewers and the public. Extra activities for the kids and the general public to do will also be available. Two local FIRST LEGO League teams will be on hand to do demonstrations of the next level of FIRST LEGO challenges.

Registering for your team to participate in the Jr.FLL Expo at Cornell is a two-step process:

1) Register with FIRST on the Jr.FLL website: http://www.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/jr.fll. Team registration with FIRST costs $50.

2) Register with the CNF so that we know your team is coming to our Expo on Saturday, January 31st, 2015.  There is no additional cost to register your team for our Expo thanks to the generous contributions of The Shell Corporation and the Cornell NanoScale Facility. We still need you to register your team by filling out the registration form [PDF Form] and emailing it to Daniel Woodie. That way we can reserve a space for your team at our Expo.

If you have any questions, please the event organizer, Daniel Woodie [email].


The Junior FIRST LEGO League (Jr.FLL) is geared towards kids ages 6-9 and is a spin-off of the FIRST LEGO League (FLL). Each year, the FIRST Organization (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) releases a science themed challenge for the teams to work on.

In this league for the younger kids, the kids form teams that work on a LEGO building challenge based on this science theme. Teams are formed by teachers, coaches, parents, or other mentors who want to encourage kids in science and technology, with the fun of building with LEGOs. Teams consist of up to 6 kids, who meet with their mentor to research the topic for that season, and build a model based on the specific building challenge given. The kids can be classmates, friends, siblings, neighbors, 4-H clubs, etc. Any group can form a team to participate! The season culminates with the high energy music thumping Expo, where the teams gather to present their results to the public and to friendly reviewers and everyone receives a prize for their work.


General Information about FIRST
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.


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