School children doing FLL Jr
For the first time in the UK, the IET has launched FIRST® LEGO® League Junior programme (FLL Jr.®) for primary school children.
The science, technology, engineering and maths programme, which is aimed at 6-9 year olds, is asking students to solve a real world problem with this year’s challenge requiring students to look at how we throw away rubbish from reducing, reusing and recycling. They will need to present their solution by designing and constructing a model using LEGO bricks which must include motorized moving parts. Students will also need to present their research on a poster.
Richard Pering, Institution of Engineering and Technology Education Manager, said: “The IET runs programmes like FIRST® LEGO® League Junior to show young people the merits of engineering and the excitement, creativity and importance behind it. This is the first year that FLL Jr has been run in the UK so it’s really exciting to get primary school children involved.
“In order to tackle the engineering skills gap we need more graduates and apprentices to enter the profession, and this can only happen if more school-age children are attracted to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects - events like FLL Jr are therefore vital.”
This year is a pilot year for FLL Jr. in the UK, so it is only available at a few locations including Croydon, Ealing, Hounslow, Loughborough, Hertfordshire and Middlesbrough. Schools, families, home school and community groups can register for events now. Teams can include up to six children with a supporting adult coach/mentor – these can be parents, grandparents, teachers or community volunteers. It is free to attend but teams need to provide their own resources.
The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) is FLL’s UK and Ireland operational partner. Supporting FLL Jr is part of the IET’s commitment to show young people the benefits of careers within Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). For more information please visit the FIRST® LEGO® League website.