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Scenes from 2015 ThinkTank!

The 2015-2016
CNF Junior FIRST® LEGO® League Expo!

The Cornell NanoScale Facility welcomes everyone to attend our 10th Junior FIRST LEGO League Expo on Saturday, January 30th, from 1- 3:30 PM in the Duffield Hall atrium (interactive map). Over 20 teams of kids, ages 6 – 9, will be presenting their LEGO models and posters for this year’s Waste Wise challenge.

Additionally we will have the following activities for all to participate in:

  • Ithaca Sciencenter and the Tompkins County Solid Waste & Recycling Division are providing fun activities and games for all.
  • Two local award-winning FIRST LEGO League (FLL) teams, LEGO Da Vinci and the Envirobros will be on hand to do demonstrations of their LEGO robots.
  • Ithaca High School’s FIRST Robotics Challenge (FRC) team, Code Red, will be on-site to share their work.
  • Bake Sale by the Envirobros and LEGO Da Vinci.

If you are interested in learning about how your child can participate on a Jr. FIRST LEGO League team, be sure to stop by the Information Desk to sign up for announcements for next season’s challenge “Creature Craze”!

Parking: Free parking is available in the parking garage located on Hoy Road (interactive map), a short walk to the atrium. Please note that many other parking lots on campus are restricted, even on the weekend.

Accessibility: If you need accommodations to participate in this event, please contact Daniel Woodie as soon as possible.


Contact the Event Organizer, Daniel Woodie, with any questions you may have. [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.


FIRST Web Site

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