Working in teams (up to 6Ā members, grades K-4), FIRST LEGO League ExploreĀ  captures young children’s curiosity and directs it toward discovering the wonders of science and technology. This program features a real-world scientific concept to be explored through research, teamwork, construction, and imagination. Guided by adult Coaches, teams use LEGO elements like LEGO Spike Elements to build a model that moves. Teams will use an “Inspire Set” which contains a LEGO model related to the year’s challenge theme. Ā Teams will illustrate their journey through an engineering notebook and develop a Show Me Poster.

The FIRST LEGO League Explore season culminates with an Festival capstone event where teams show off what they learned and created.

Most Northern California Festivals events have between 8 and 16 teams and are planned to last approximately 4 to 5 hours on a Saturday or Sunday.

Why volunteer at a FLL Explore Festival?

  • Make a difference in the lives of young people
  • Help kids discover the fun in science and technology
  • Help young people apply real-world math and science concepts
  • Network with like-minded professionals
  • Help celebrate science and technology

What roles are needed most?


  • ReviewerĀ – Talks to the teams about their LEGO models and Show Me Posters, then collaborates with other Reviewers toĀ assign awards to all teams. HelpĀ hand out awards and High 5ā€™s.
  • Volunteer Registration – Check-inĀ  volunteers into event.
  • Emcee/Master of CeremonyĀ – Sets the tone of the event and is responsible forĀ theĀ WelcomeĀ and ClosingĀ ceremonies.
  • Photographer – Takes pictures of each team and helps to capture the overall event.
  • Team Share Interviewer – Facilitate the team share time where teams ask questions to each other about their season.
  • Team Queuer – Manages teams getting into reviewing area.
  • Team Activities – Oversees team activities and helps with the organized rotation for each activity.
  • Team Check-in – Check-inĀ  teams into event..

When & Where are the Northern California Explore Festivals?

For this season, we are planningĀ  events between December and May in each of several areas throughout Northern California.Ā  2022/2023 Festival List

Be notified by email about local FIRST volunteer opportunities

How to volunteer

  1. Create a volunteer profile in the FIRSTĀ websiteĀ  – instructions
  2. Once an event is posted, you can apply to volunteer at an event.Ā  [Playing At Learning Events NorCal FLL Jr Calendar]
  3. Once you apply for an event and you have passed your background screening, the event’s Volunteer Coordinator will assign you to a specific role and communicate the details including any training requirements.
  4. Please read and become familiar with theĀ FIRSTĀ Youth Protection Program and FIRST Standards of Conduct.


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