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CNF Junior FIRST(R) LEGO(R) League

Our Expo on January 25th was a huge success! 24 teams from the central NY area displayed their work on this season's challenge: Disaster Blaster. Many thanks to the Ithaca Sciencenter and the Red Cross of Central NY for providing such fun activities for everyone! We also appreciate the hard work of the student volunteers from the Cornell Chapter of the Society of Women Engineers!

Please contact Dan Woodie to sign up for an email reminder for next season!


There's always something new to learn, as Junior FIRST(R) LEGO(R) 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!



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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