FIRST® LEGO® League Jr teams (up to 6 members and for youth between 6 and 10 years old) develop a model based on engineering problem solving to a real-world problem such as trash, food safety, recycling, energy, etc.. The model is built using LEGO® WeDo 2.0 pieces and the Inspire Kit. The teams are guided by a set of FLLJr Core Values.

FIRST® LEGO® League teams (up to 10 members and for youth between 9 and 14 years old) research a real-world problem such as trash, food safety, recycling, energy, etc., and are challenged to develop a solution to their project issue. They also must design, build, program a robot using LEGO® MINDSTORMS®, then compete on a table-top playing field. The teams also learn to approach this using a set of FLL Core Values.

FIRST┬«┬áTech Challenge┬áteams (up to 15 members and for youth in grades 7 to 12) are challenged to design, build, program a robot to play a sports-like game. Gracious Professionalism is part of the ethos of FIRST. It’s a way of doing things that encourages high-quality work, emphasizes the value of others, and respects individuals and the community.

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Be notified by email about NorCal FIRST volunteer opportunities

NOVEMBER

NorCal FIRST LEGO League Qualifying Tournaments  (20-30 events)

FIRST LEGO League Jr Expos (estimated 1 or 2)

FIRST Tech Challenge Qualifying Tournaments (3 to 5)
DECEMBER

FIRST LEGO League Jr Expos (1 or 3)

FIRST Tech Challenge Qualifying Tournaments (4 to 6)

FIRST LEGO League Championship (1 or 2)
JANUARY

FIRST Tech Challenge Qualifying Tournaments (8 to 12)

FIRST LEGO League Championships (1 or 2)
FEBRUARY

FIRST LEGO League Jr Expos (1 to 3)

FIRST Tech Challenge Qualifying Tournaments (2 to 5)

FIRST LEGO League Championship (1 to 2)

FIRST Tech Challenge Championship (end of February)
MARCH

FIRST LEGO League Jr Expos (1 to 3)

NorCal FLL Tournament (if needed)

FIRST LEGO League Innovation Expo (early March)
APRIL

FIRST LEGO League Jr Expos (1 to 3)
MAY

FIRST LEGO League Jr Expos (1 to 2)

FIRST LEGO League & FIRST Tech Challenge @ Bay Area Maker Faire

FIRST LEGO League Jr “Step up to FLL” Pre-Season Event

Presidential Volunteer Service Awards

Be recognized for your volunteer service on behalf of Playing At Learning’s programs! ┬áLearn more

Congratulations to the 16 individuals that contributed 100 or more volunteer hours for Playing At Learning and received Bronze, Silver or Gold recognition:

  • Bill Brees
  • Nicholas Hammes
  • Alvin Cheng
  • Ambika Mago
  • Anika Greene
  • Barbara Toole O’Neil
  • Bob France
  • Dianne France
  • Earl Nichols
  • Jeff Greene
  • Joshua Oh
  • Karen Mahoney
  • Matthew James
  • Natalie Edelman
  • Rathish Jayabharathi
  • Steve George

PVSA Lifetime blueCongratulations to our Presidential Lifetime of Service Award recipients for volunteering 4,000 or more hours for Playing At Learning:

Jill Wilker
Mark Edelman