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FIRST® LEGO® League Explore is a project-based program which challenges the very young to solve a problem that faces our society today leveraging fun to spark their curiosity and innovation. They then build a moving sculpture of that potential solution to that problem out of LEGO® bricks.

Core Values


We explore new skills and ideas


We respect each other and embrace our differences


We use creativity and persistence to solve problems


We are stronger when we work together


We apply what we learn to improve our world


We enjoy and celebrate what we do!


Lego Model

Guided by their coaches and mentors, students design and build a Lego model with one moving part that reflects their research they did on the real world topic for that year.

Using the We Do 2 software on the provided tablet, the students learn to program the moving parts of their display.



Students create a “Show Me” poster on their research they did, Core Values they learned, and the fun they had!

This can be done on a tri-fold and can include pictures of their research and their team.

Overall, have fun with it!



Learn teamwork and communication skills.

Discover the fun of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics)

Gain experience speaking in front of people.

Build their creativity and self-confidence.

They meet new friends and become part of a robotics family that they can continue on to different levels through high school.

What FLL Explore Involves


Teams consist of 4-6 children aged 4K-3rd grade

Teams have 2 adult coaches / mentors

Teams meet for 1 hour per week to research and build

The team decides where and how long to meet, but it must be in a public place and not at home


Teams come up with a team name and design their own team T-shirt to wear at the competition

Each team builds a 15" x 15" display with one moving part that reflects a real-world issue in that year's theme released by FIRST

The team creates a show me poster/trifold to document their journey through the season and what they learned

Teams learn core values and add them to their show me poster


Teams attend the FLL Explore Expo at Lakeshore Technical College

At the Expo, teams tell judges about their projects

Teams will compete in either the morning or afternoon session on either Saturday, November 11 or Sunday, November 12

At the Expo, the kits will be returned and the season will conclude



Fee: Suggested donation of $20.00 to help cover the cost of T-shirts / kits and supplies.


Kickoff: Tuesday August 29th or Thursday August 31st – 6-8 p.m. at the Lakeshore FIRST Robotics Education Center – 2814 Wollmer St., Manitowoc.


Contact: Anna – Director of Lego League Explore at


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