The 2012 CNF Jr.FLL Expo was held on Saturday, January 26th, 2013, where 22 teams from the Ithaca area showed off their work on the Super Seniors Challenge. Many thanks for the Shell Corporation, the Ithaca Sciencenter, and the Cornell section of the Society of Women Engineers for helping to make this Expo our largest and most successful ever! The 2013 season will kick off in September when FIRST releases the Disaster Blaster Challenge. Contact Dan Woodie to receive email announcements of important dates for the 2013 season! We hope to see you and your Jr.FLL team in January 2014!
The Junior FIRST LEGO(R) 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.
|This year the theme was:|
From the Jr.FLL web site:|
"Can Junior FIRST(R) LEGO(R) League teams improve the quality of life for seniors by learning about the obstacles some people face as they get older? In the 2012, SUPER SENIORSSM Challenge, teams will learn about simple machines as they build a model made of LEGO(R) elements with a motorized moving part, and create a team Show Me Poster to represent their findings. Over 16,000 children ages 6 to 9 from five countries will learn about the challenges some seniors may have getting around, keeping in touch with friends and family or staying active and fit."
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.