North Canton Stem Alliance

Jr. First Lego Logo   Junior FIRST LEGO League (Grades K-3)
Jr FLL captures children's grades K- inherent 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® bricks to build a model that moves and develop a Show-Me Poster to illustrate their journey. JrFLL is noncompetative and teams display their projects for review.
Teams comprise of 2-5 children, ages 6-9 (we suggest three). Generally we consider the upper age limit of 9 to be "hard" and the lower limit of 6 to be "soft". If, after taking in the child’s developmental level, you feel they are capable of participating on a team, then by all means they’re allowed! Teams may begin meeting as sooon as they are registered and generally meet for 6-8 weeks (though you may meet as much as you like). Each session should last for about one to two hours, once or twice a week.
First Lego Logo  FIRST LEGO League (Grades 4-9)
Introduces younger students (ages 9-14) to real-world engineering challenges by building LEGO-based robots to complete tasks on a thematic playing surface. FLL teams, guided by their imaginations and adult coaches, discover exciting career possibilities and, through the process, learn to make positive contributions to society.
Fll participants get to:
  • Design, build, test and program robots using LEGO MINDSTORMS® technology
  • Apply real-world math and science concepts
  • Research challenges facing today’s scientists
  • Learn critical thinking, team-building and presentation skills
  • Participate in tournaments and celebrations
Teams may consist of 3-10 participants. We STRONGLY suggest teams of 5-6. Once registered, teams generally meet a minimum of 8 weeks. Each session should last for about 1.5-2 hours once or twice a week. Tournament Season: December-January (Teams participate in one Saturday tournament. Tournament information forthcoming.)
Miscellaneous information
  • NCSA does not create the teams but will help to match a child to a team in extenuating circumstances.
  • Materials and equipment will be supplied to a team once registration fees are paid in full.
  • Classrooms in the Portage Building will be available as a dedicated location for teams to practice their robot challenge and also store equipment. Details regarding dates and times of availability will be released in late September.
  • FLL teams will need to supply a laptop or netbook computer. NCSA is currently working to obtain laptop computers and will be distributed to teams as they become available.
Volunteers and Sponsers
Interested in being a coach? Don't know anything about robots? Don't worry! Being a coach requires no technical experience! FIRST LEGO's team resources page provides videos and tutorials, and, once your team is registered, you will also receive a coaches handbook.
Are you a techincal person who would be interested in being a team mentor? NCSA would love to pair you with a team of future engineers who could learn from your knowledge and experience. Either way you'll need to fill out the coaches/mentor information form.
Or maybe you or your company would like to sponser a team, and help a group of kids discover their inner-engineer. Print the sponsorship form here.