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CNF Junior FIRST® LEGO® League Expo!


Scenes from 2015 ThinkTank!


The 2015-2016
Junior FIRST® LEGO® League Season Has Begun!

Junior FIRST® LEGO® League teams are about to learn that throwing something in the trash is only the beginning. In the 2015-2016 WASTE WISESM Challenge, over 34,500 children ages 6 to 9 from 18 countries will look at trash in a whole new way. From reducing, to reusing, to recycling, and beyond, find out what making trash really means.

Prepare to become Waste Wise!



Each year, Junior FIRST LEGO League (Jr.FLL®) presents a new and exciting Challenge to ignite the creativity of 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 teams will operate under the Jr.FLL signature set of Core Values, celebrating discovery, teamwork, and Gracious Professionalism®.


The Cornell NanoScale Facility will be hosting their 10th CNF Jr.FLL Expo on January 30th, 2016, from 1:00-3:30 PM in the Duffield Hall Atrium, Cornell University campus. The Expo is open to the public and fun activities will be available for all.


Registration to have your team participate in the Expo is a two-step process:

1) Register your team with FIRST at http://www.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/jr.fll/registration

2) Fill out the Expo registration form [PDF] and submit it to Daniel Woodie so we know you are attending our event!


Contact 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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