Last week we hosted the North Tyneside Expo for First Lego League (FLL) Jr.

FLL Jr is an exciting Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) programme for 6-9 year olds. This season’s challenge was linked to animals and, as always, tied to the theme of First Lego League (it’s big brother competition for older students aged 9-16) which this year was named ‘Animal Allies’.

Teams were given a stimulus model of a Lego bee and beehive and were asked to think of another animal that shared the bee’s habitat. They then had to create a Lego model that showed their animal and the bee together and the model had to have a least one mechanised, moving part. Most schools made use of the wonderful Lego WeDo kits for this and produced some incredibly creative models. Accompanying their model was a ‘show me’ poster board that documented the process of creating their model, their research around their animals, information about their team and the learning that took place in their club or lessons.

Strong teamwork was very evident in all the school teams and we were blown away by the enthusiasm of the students as they talked to our review panel about their projects.

FLL and FLL Jr are both wonderful projects to get involved with that can give your students a rich experience and help develop teamwork, problem solving, design, coding and presentation skills and above all, it’s amazing fun!

You can find out more about FLL and FLL Jr here. You can also contact us if you’d like to get involved in next year’s North Tyneside tournaments.