MAGE Frist Lego League JR Club (Ages 6-9)
Pardon the construction dust! Please be aware that a designated caregiver has to stay on site until we receive the city permit for drop offs. Once we receive city approval, we will notify you that you can now drop off your child. You will have to sign that off during registration.
Ages: 6-9 (grades K-4)
Instructor: Jonathan Damen
The club is designed to provide a metro-area wide team for participation in First Lego League JR 2019-2020 season, and is a non-competitive lego and robotics team experience. This program has a natural progression in sophistication, much like a sport team may have. The club centers around collaborative construction and automation, culminating in a non-competitive science-fair/expo event for this age group. As this age group graduates to First Lego League, there will be opportunities to observe older age group Lego League events as well.
Price: The span of this program covers the entire competitive season, and we will charge for the program in 2 installments - 2 mandatory 8 to 10-week sessions depending on the day of the week: Friday is $350 and Saturday is $330 as they have fewer meetings. A third optional short spring post-season term may be added. Drop-ins are not possible in this program because the knowledge is built upon each time. The price includes coach and competition costs for the event in bold, all the required equipment, team fee, and a team tee shirt, as well as an end of the season pizza party.
Dates: You can select one option from two sessions, either Fridays, from 5:30PM to 6:20PM or Saturdays, from 10:00AM to 10:50AM.
Friday Session: (meets 10 times, because there are no competitions in the way):
0-Friday, October 4, 2019, 5:30PM-6:20PM -Free Open House
1-Friday, October 11, 2019, 5:30PM-6:20PM
2-Friday, October 18, 2019, 5:30PM-6:20PM
3-Friday, October 25, 2019, 5:30PM-6:20PM
4-Friday, November 1, 2019, 5:30PM-6:20PM
5-Friday, November 8, 2019, 5:30PM-6:20PM
6-Friday, November 15, 2019, 5:30PM-6:20PM
7-Friday, November 22, 2019, 5:30PM-6:20PM
NO CLASS November 29th
8-Friday, December 6, 2019, 5:30PM-6:20PM
9-Friday, December 13, 2019, 5:30PM-6:20PM
10-Friday,December 20, 2019, 5:30PM-6:20PM
Please note, there is no class on: November 29 for Thanksgiving Week.
Saturday Session: (meets 8 or 9 times depending on competition)
0-Saturday, October 5, 2019, 10:00AM-10:50PM -Free Open House
1-Saturday, October 12, 2019, 10:00AM-10:50PM
2-Saturday, October 19, 2019, 10:00AM-10:50PM
3-Saturday, October 26, 2019, 10:00AM-10:50PM
4-Saturday, November 2, 2019, 10:00AM-10:50PM
5-Saturday, November 9, 2019, 10:00AM-10:50PM
6-Saturday, November 16, 2019, 10:00AM-10:50PM
7-Saturday, November 23, 2019, 10:00AM-10:50PM
NO CLASS November 30th
Competition Observation - December 7, 2019 - details TBD
8- Saturday, December 14, 2019, 10:00AM-10:50PM - may be another observation, TBD
9-Saturday, December 21, 2019, 10:00AM-10:50PM - team term end celebration/parent drop-in during the last 20 minutes.
Please note, there is no class on: November 30th, 2019 for Thanksgiving Week. Also, there is no team meeting on days of competition observations such as December 7 and possibly December 14 - stay tuned.
A personal water bottle is recommended. All else will be provided.
Tentative group events for this club outside of club meets if families are interested (bold is required). There will be a survey during the first week.
Blocks to Bricks, October, outing
Legoland Discovery Center, November, outing
First Lego League Competition, December 7, observation
First Lego League State competition, January, observation
First Lego League JR Expo, February 1, Batavia, IL, required participation
First Robotics League Competition, March 4-7, Chicago, IL, observation
First Tech Challenge, February, observation
Bricks & Minifigs, May, outing
Brickworld Chicago, June, outing
Price Does Not Include:
We accept checks and prefer that form of payment. There is a $25 bounced check fee.
If you choose to pay with a credit card, we will have to charge you a $5-$10 credit card processing fee.
STEAM competitive teams are very heavy on parental involvement. It could be as engaging as a similar commitment to a traveling sports team as the child goes through various school grades. But, not yet at this level, so that you can see if your child likes it before making a huge time investment!
Parents have to provide the transportation to and from the events for their children.
Parents will be asked to be on a team board, and to pick roles, similar to roles on a parent teacher association. This is important for club social outings and if the team is competitively successful.
There are two sets of optional events for this club. One set is to educate the team about the progression of the competition so that they know what to expect when they graduate out of this program. Coach fees for optional observations may need to be shared between members that wish to attend, or a “class parent” will need to help coordinate these. There are no associated admission costs for these. If we have that level team competing in the event, then the coach fee is covered.
The second set is for a social and educational purpose, such as Legoland, and the associated costs are the “class parent” coordination, admission fees, as well as any admissions costs to any items that are not in bold, that are all optional.
If our teams progress to state, there may need to be a team fundraising effort to pay for the associated costs.