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FIRST LEGO League Junior!

Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles will sponsor up to 20 robotics teams for participation in the 2016-17 FIRST LEGO League Junior (FLL-Jr) program. Get your applications in early—space is limited and teams will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

FLL Robotics Team
Jr.FLL Robotics team "Elite 5" at a practice tournament.

What is the FLL-Jr Program?

GSGLA’s FLL-Jr program provides teams of girls the opportunity to get excited about and introduce them to robotics before committing to the next level, FLL.

What is FLL-Jr?

Organized by FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), FLL-Jr is a global program created to get kids excited about science and technology. Focused on building an interest in science and engineering in children ages 6-9, FIRST LEGO League Junior is a hands-on program designed to capture young children’s inherent curiosity and direct it toward discovering the possibilities of improving the world around them. This program features a real-world challenge to be solved by research, critical thinking, and imagination. It's important to note that the girls don't actually build any robots in FLL-Jr. This level is geared toward introducing the girls to FIRST and encouraging them to take in interest in the program. Visit http://www.firstinspires.org/robotics/flljr to learn more.  

Who can participate?

Daisy and Brownie Girl Scouts (6 to 9 years of age as of January 1, 2016) are eligible. Troops, individual Girl Scouts, and friends not currently in Girl Scouts are encouraged to apply (girls must register as Girl Scouts to participate).    

What is the time commitment?

FLL-Jr season runs from the beginning of September through December. Each team determines their own practice schedule and chooses which competitions to attend. A typical team will meet at least once a week for three months. 

Who is in charge of the team?

Each team needs 2 coaches to organize the team and coordinate team logistics. The coaches are usually troop leaders or parents, however, can be any adult 18 years or older who is organized and good at delegating. Other team parents should expect to help as needed to support the team and the team's coaches throughout the season. A team runs most smoothly with lots of parental support.  

What will it cost?

New team? There is a $150 team program fee for new teams.   

Returning team? There is a $75 team program fee for teams that participated in the 2015-16 FLL-Jr season.

What are GSGLA's responsibilities? What are each team's responsibilities?

For each team, the council will:

  • provide on-going support and resources throughout season
  • register the team with FIRST and pay FIRST registration fee
  • provide a LEGO FLL-Jr Robotics kit
  • provide t-shirts for all girls and 2 adults (coaches and/or mentors)
  • Facilitate the FLL-Jr Expo that will be held in January.

Each Robotics Team will:

  • provide/find a practice location and a secure storage space for robotics kit
  • purchase additional t-shirts (optional)
  • pay registration fees for additional activities (optional)
  • pay for team transportation costs

How to apply?    

2016-17 Robotics registration opens on May 1, 2016.

As a troop or group: The team’s coach should complete and submit a FLL-Jr Team Registration form by July 11. Each team must include at least 2, but no more than 6, girls; we recommend a minimum of 4.

As an individual: The interested girl should complete and submit the FLL-Jr Individual Registration form by July 1. Individual registrants will be assigned to a team based on availability of space. Submission of an individual application does not guarantee placement on a team.

Remember, space is limited and spots in the program will be filled on a first come, first served basis.      

Please review the 2016-17 FLL-Jr Info Sheet before submitting your registration form.

Not sure if robotics is for you?

Please feel free to contact Kristen Simon at ksimon@girlscoutsla.org for any additional information or inquiries.