Spring schedule of Delaware’s JFLL and FLL events

What happens at a JrFLL Expo? They are fun-filled events celebrating young students STEM work on this year’s challenge–Creature Craze. This year FS JrFLL is hosting 3 Jr.FLL EXPO Events:

  • January 28, 2017 @ Early College High School at Delaware State University, 1570 North Dupont Highway, Dover, DE 19901
  • February 25, 2017 @ Delaware State University, 1200 North Dupont Highway, Dover, DE 19901
  • March 11, 2017 @ Saint Mary Magdalen School, 9 Sharpley Road, Wilmington, DE

* The Jr. FLL EXPO event at Saint Mary Magdalen is being used to highlight STEM in parochial schools. First preference will be given to parochial schools. It will be a 32 team event. We are anticipating 20-24 of those teams to be St. Mary Magdalen teams. The remaining available slots will be open to other teams!!!

What about First State FIRST LEGO League team events? They are exciting opportunities to showcase your project, team work, engineering, and computer coding skills to panels of judges– then race against the clock to see which robots can post the highest scores. This year’s challenge is called Animal Allies.Β 

FS FLL will host 3 Qualifying Events this season. Each team can only register & attend one Qualifier Event. This year’s locations for the Qualifiers are

  • Dec. 10, 2016 @ Conrad Schools of Science, 201 Jackson Ave., Wilmington, DE 19804
  • Jan. 14, 2017 @ Junior Achievement of Delaware, 522 South Walnut Street, Wilmington, DE 19801
  • Jan. 28, 2017 @ Early College High School @ Delaware State University, 1570 North DuPont Highway, Dover, DE 19901

A number of teams from each Qualifier will advance to the Champion’s Tournament.

The Champion’s Tournament will take approximately 36 teams and is scheduled for February 25, 2017 at Delaware State University.

For more information visit the First State FLL and JFLL website here.

Announcing 2016-17 FLL/FLLJr. challenge

This season, FIRST LEGO League (FLL) and FIRST LEGO League Jr. challenges youngsters to create new ways to help animals.

FLL students (grades 4-8) choose a problem and learn more about it. They also design and build a LEGO robot that scores points by helping animals in several mini environments. Their challenge is called Animal Allies.

FLLJr students (grades K-3) begin by exploring the life of a honeybee and the animals who live nearby.Their  challenge is called Creature Craze.

In FLL, think about all the different ways that people interact with animals…. on purpose or by accident?

  • Pick a situation when people and animals interact.🐬
  • Identify a specific problem you want to solve.πŸ‚
  • Find out about the current solutions. Why does this problem still exist? 🐘
  • Talk to experts to learn about your problem.πŸ“
  • Design a possible solution You can improve something old or create something new.πŸ€
  • Get the word out and share your plan with others in the community.πŸͺ
  • Present your team’s research and solution at an FLL competition.πŸ‹

In FLLJr, chose an animal to learn more about…. It’s life, it’s environment, it’s challenges. Can you think of a solution?

  • Build a LEGO model to show what you learned. 🐝
  • Share your new knowledge and ideas with others.🐎

No matter what, remember to have fun! πŸ˜ƒ

Grant award expands STEM opportunities in Delaware


Boys and Girls Clubs of Delaware in partnership with Delaware State University were recently awarded $42,400 to expand FIRST LEGO League teams into more communities. Delaware received one of ten grants in US and Canada funded through the 2016 FIRST Equity Community Innovation Grant.

β€œAs the demand for qualified STEM professionals continues to grow, inequalities in education and afterschool programs have affected students of color and female students’ ability to excel in these fields,” said Donald E. Bossi, president of FIRST. “Through these grants, we are proud to lay the foundation for more successful futures by providing opportunities for 4,200 students in nine states and one Canadian province to gain new skills and real-world experiences. For their communities, this opportunity offers practical workforce development and equity solutions that otherwise have been unavailable.”

George Krupanski, president/CEO of Boys and Girls Clubs of Delaware said, “This exciting program will have a lasting benefit in helping young people prepare for a successful future. FIRST LEGO teams are a great way to excite youth about STEM programs while working together in a team approach. We are thrilled to be a part of this effort!”

Learn more about First State FLL here.