FLL Explore is a Robotics program for 2nd-3rd graders. “In Explore, teams focus on the fundamentals of engineering as they explore real-world problems, learn to design, and code, and create unique solutions made with LEGO bricks and powered by LEGO® Education SPIKE Essential.”
Bloomfield Hills has multiple FLL Explore teams across the district and teams are formed based on which school a student attends and we try to keep friends together! Students at this level have the opportunity to attend the “Bloomfield Bash”, a non-competitive event where teams will present the best from their season to reviewers, participate in a team building activity, and see the next levels of robotics in action.
It is important for any robotics family (new or returning) to join our email list. We send monthly newsletters, information on how to register for the robotics season, summer camp and more. Be sure to subscribe if you haven’t already and share this page with any BHSD family interested in robotics. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Team registration is limited and will end June 15. After June 15, students can be put on a waitlist which closes at the end of summer. FLL Explore season starts September 5 and typically ends in December. Teams will compete in at least one local event. FLL is MASTERPIECE℠ challenge, where teams will imagine and innovate new ways to create and communicate art across the globe. Students should be entering grades 2-3 in fall 2023. The cost for FLL Explore is $75.
FLL Explore Coaches will be communicating with each other and Bloomfield Robotics administrators through the app/website BAND. Resources, ideas, and important notices will be shared there. Email us at email@example.com if you are a coach or assistant coach and have not received an invite.
- Registration & Parent Information – FLL Explore
Registration & Pre-season:
- May 1: Registration Opens
- May 9: Parent Information Night (Recording available for those who miss it)
- June 15: Registration Closes
- July: Teams are formed, coaches meeting planned
- September 5: FLL Explore season starts
FIRST revealed the upcoming season. FIRST IN SHOW will be highlighted across the different age groups & FLL is MASTERPIECE℠ challenge, where teams will imagine and innovate new ways to create and communicate art across the globe.
Season Outline & Time Commitments
The FLL Explore season runs September 5-December 2, 2023
At the 2nd/3rd grade age level, teams meet one time a week, typically at a team member/coach’s home. The coach assigned to your student’s team will be in contact to plan out meeting days. Generally, meetings are in the evening since coaches are parent volunteers.
During the season, teams will build and program a model that moves using LEGO Education SPIKE™ Essential. They will document their work in individual Engineering Notebooks and present their team research journey in a collaborative team poster at the Bloomfield Bash on December 2, 2023
- February 2023 – FLL Explore
As a parent, the most important fact you need to know is that even if you are new to the FIRST program or if you are an incoming FLL member, you will be asked to help your child’s team. From helping with programming robots, to providing snacks, organizing spirit wear, and much more, there is a place for everyone in the program! Volunteering in FIRST is one of the most meaningful ways of connecting with our children and their friends, and it can foster long-term friendships with other families.
At the FLL Explore level (grades 2-3), parental involvement is crucial. Keeping students engaged takes work and requires more than just the coach. And speaking of coaching… we can’t have teams without coaches. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to learn more.