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About FIRST® LEGO® League Jr. Discovery

A new and exciting challenge is presented every year and as a whole class, children work in groups of four to explore this real-world theme with an exclusive LEGO® Education Discovery model.

Using this model as a starting point, they design a new model of their own with LEGO® DUPLO® elements. Working through a series of tasks and challenges, the programme finishes with a Celebration Event to recognise the children’s achievements.

As they work, they develop valuable habits of learning, such as persisting with tasks and applying previous knowledge to new situations.

Throughout their experience, teams operate under the FIRST® LEGO® League Core Values, celebrating discovery and teamwork, all while having fun!

Children get the chance to showcase their learning journey at the end of the programme with a Celebration Event, which involves building, a special challenge and talking about what they have learnt with parents and other adults. Their hard work and perseverance are celebrated with a certificate and lots of high fives!

What do I need?

You will need to decide which Discovery pack will accommodate the number of children in your class and then register your school online. Once you have registered and paid the registration fee, you will receive:

  • FIRST® LEGO® League Jr. Discovery set – it will be themed according to the challenge for the season to ignite interest in the topic. Each group of four children gets one Discovery set which consists of a LEGO® DUPLO® model and LEGO® DUPLO® figures. As well as the Discovery model, each set contains Six Bricks (six brightly coloured LEGO® DUPLO® bricks) for each child in the group. The Six Bricks allow children to practise different skills, including language and communication, problem solving and collaboration. These are one of LEGO® Foundation’s tools for introducing learning through play. They form the starter for the sessions through fun, short activities.
  • Engineering Notebooks – each child gets an Engineering Notebook to record their ideas and sketches throughout the programme. There is one page to fill in for every two sessions. The Engineering Notebooks can be a good resource at the Celebration Event to showcase the journey of their learning!
  • Team Meeting Guide – your comprehensive teacher’s guide to running the FIRST® LEGO® League Jr. Discovery programme with a lesson plan for each session, including handy tips and suggested tasks and questions.
  • Discover More sets – one box for each child comprising of two sets of Six Bricks to take home and continue learning with their parents.
  • Certificates – for the final Celebration Event! Every child will receive a certificate to celebrate their hard work throughout the programme.
  • A Celebration Event pack consisting of posters and stickers.
  • Access to online resources and support.
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LEGO® STEAM parks

As well as the Discovery packs that you will receive after registration, you will need to purchase some LEGO® STEAM parks which are used throughout the programme.

These are not theme specific so can be used year after year after year! We recommend a minimum of one LEGO® STEAM park between two groups, but ideally one LEGO® STEAM park for each group to make sure there are enough bricks to go around.

Read more about LEGO® STEAM parks

Curriculum and skills progression

FIRST® LEGO® League Jr. Discovery is great for developing STEM awareness and skills, not to mention social-emotional and key habits of learning. We’ve mapped FIRST® LEGO® League Jr. Discovery onto the EYFS and primary curriculum, as well as created a skills progression document.

Read more about Curriculum and skills progression