Junior FIRST Lego League (JFLL)

We have three levels for our Junior FIRST LEGO League:


Junior Level I - Simple Machinery + Motorized Machinery
The team will spend their JFLL season learning about simple machinery principles. They then apply their learning to build a model in response to the challenge of the season.
At the end of the season, the team will showcase their work with a show-me poster board and a LEGO model at NYC JFLL Exposition.

Throughout the season, we will incorporate the principles of simple machinery into how they can be used to solve real life problems. For each session the children will be building a different model to incorporate different simple machinery principle.

Each team will have a specific topic of their choosing that they will focus on and further elaborate on that topic by building specific LEGO models. It could be one combined large model, or separate individual models that each pair of children will build. Creativity and Imagination will be their guide, there is no right or wrong model, anything is possible!

General weekly topic
(1) Basic Structure and Inclined Plane
(2) Lever 

(3) Pulleys -

(4) Gears -


(5) Wheels and Axle -
         cars, bikes, wheel chairs....anything on wheels that move!

1. Know your teammates
2. Select a team name
3. Design a team logo (will go on the T-shirt)
4. Define a research problem
5. Find a creative solution
6. Build a final model
7. Finish the Show-Me Poster

Additional reference:
Check out
a great article full of wonderful links to simple machines.
 Simple Machines in Appliances, Gadgets, and Everyday Life
- Recommended by our reader, Sarah Washington (VT)

Another good resource for simple machines on nationwide elevators sent to us by a group of enthusiastic home schooled kids and their teacher Mrs. Gold!

Simple Machines Used in Elevators

If you are looking for car physics, here is a great site with Newton's laws and more.
- Recommended by our visitor, Ava Harris, a student mentor

WeDo Robotics Construction Set

YouTube Video

The LEGO® Education WeDo™ Robotics Construction Set is an easy-to-use set that introduces young students to robotics. Your students will build LEGO models featuring working motors and sensors and program their models using the LEGO Education WeDo Robotics Software (900095). When the set is combined with the WeDo Robotics Activity Pack (909580), students will explore a series of cross-curricular, theme-based activities while developing their skills in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, as well as language and literacy. The set contains more than 150 elements including a motor, tilt sensor, motion sensor, and LEGO USB Hub.