In 2011, Kaleidoscope Discovery Center founders created the first US FIRST FLL Jr. (FIRST® LEGO® League Jr.) team in our region. Since that time, the Kaleidoscope and its volunteers have been proud to support over 60 area teams!
For children ages 4-6, this playful DISCOVER introductory STEM program ignites their natural curiosity and builds their habits of learning with hands-on activities in the classroom and at home using LEGO®DUPLO® bricks.
In Explore, teams of students ages 6-10 focus on the fundamentals of engineering as they explore real-world problems, earn to design, and code and create unique solutions made with LEGO bricks and powered by LEGO® Education WeDo 2.0.
Kids grades 4-8 and ages 9-14 have graduated from FLL Jr. into the FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL) and begin CHALLENGE. Using the LEGO® MINDSTORMS® EV3, FLL teams will learn “critical thinking, team-building, and presentation skills” while tackling real-world engineering, science, and math challenges.
Junior High and High School students, grades 7-12; ages 12-18, take the next big step in their FIRST® Robotics adventure. When they join a FIRST® Tech Challenge team, they are now constructing real, metal robots that they will take to the competition field. FTC “students develop STEM skills and practice engineering principles, while realizing the value of hard work, innovation, and sharing ideas.”
Quoted text from firstinspires.org.