Mentor or Coach a Team
Mentors and coaches are individuals from all backgrounds and disciplines, ranging from Engineering & Machining to Marketing & Public Relations, and everything in-between. They work with students to share their knowledge and guide them through the season. Many mentors and coaches contribute on a weekly basis during the program season, or support the team with subject matter expertise on an as needed basis.
As a mentor or coach of a FIRST® team, you are, through the students, the key ingredient in the success of your team. Your contribution to the success of FIRST programs and ultimately to the success of FIRST is immeasurable.
Volunteer at an Event
Volunteers are the backbone of any event, and include crowd control, registration, and merchandise selling at the entry-level, all the way up to Master of Ceremonies, Referee, and Volunteer Coordinator for those with many years of FIRST® experience. Every position is critical to the event’s success, ultimately creating a seamless and incredibly fun experience for the teams and spectators in attendance.
Official FIRST events, including FLL Jr. Expos, FLL Tournaments, and FRC District Events, generally run from November to April each year, and are held in cities across Ontario and around the world!
About the Programs
FIRST ® LEGO® League Junior
For Kids aged 6 – 10
FIRST LEGO League Jr. is designed to introduce STEM concepts to kids while exciting them through a brand they know and love − LEGO®.
Guided by two or more adult Coaches, teams of up to 6 members in grades K to 4 explore a real-world scientific problem such as food safety, recycling, energy, etc. In the process, teams learn about teamwork, the wonders of science and technology, and the FIRST LEGO League Jr. Core Values, which include respect, sharing, and critical thinking.
FIRST ® LEGO® League
For Kids aged 10 – 14
Building on the knowledge and experience gained through FLL Jr., FIRST LEGO League gives teams of up to 10 members in grades 4 to 8, guided by two or more adult Coaches, the task of researching a real-world problem such as food safety, recycling, energy, etc., and are challenged to develop a solution. They also must design, build, program a robot using LEGO MINDSTORMS®, then compete on a table-top playing field.
It all adds up to tons of fun while they learn to apply Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) concepts, plus a big dose of imagination, to solve a problem. Along their journey, they develop critical thinking and team-building skills, basic STEM. applications, and even presentation skills, as they must present their solutions with a dash of creativity to judges. They also practice the Program’s Core Values, which emphasize discovery, teamwork and good sportsmanship.
FIRST ® Robotics Competition
For Kids aged 14 – 18
Often called “The Ultimate Sport of the Mind” and “The Hardest Fun You’ll Ever Have”, FIRST Robotics Competition gives teams of 10 to 30 High School students (grades 9 – 12) the challenge of building a 120lb, competition-ready robot in under six weeks.
Under strict rules and limited resources, teams are challenged to raise funds, design a team “brand,” hone teamwork skills, as well as build and program industrial-size robots to play a difficult field game against like-minded competitors. It’s as close to real-world engineering as a student can get. Volunteer Mentors from fields ranging from Engineering & Design to Business & Public Relations lend their time and talents to guide each team.