Mentors and Coaches are individuals from all backgrounds and disciplines who 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.

 

Becoming a Coach or Mentor

The process of becoming a FIRST Mentor or Coach varies depending on which program you’re interested in.

The majority of the elementary school-level FIRST LEGO League Jr. and FIRST LEGO League teams are coached by teachers, operating out of classrooms, or by parents, operating out of homes. The best way to get in touch with these teams and find coaching opportunities would be to reach out and send an email to either: Christine Bibic (Regional Director for FLL Jr. in Ontario) or Dave Ellis (Regional Director for FLL in Ontario).

When it comes to secondary school-level FIRST Robotics Competition teams, CU FIRST reaches out and collaborates with them directly, identifying what their mentoring needs may be. The best way to find mentoring opportunities is for us to do it for you! Just send us a message indicating your interest to cufirst@outlook.com, let us know your skill set and areas of interest, and we’ll let you know when an opportunity becomes available!

 

FIRST LEGO League Jr. (FLL Jr.)

What does it mean to be an FLL Jr. Coach?

  • Facilitates meetings and helps team to orchestrate the work
  • Assists the team in following Challenge instructions and guidelines
  • Administrative responsibilities such as registering teams
  • Support the learning process, while allowing team members to make critical decisions through the building and poster development processes
  • Desire to work with students 6-9 years of age

 

What is the time commitment?

As a Coach or adult Volunteer, you should be meeting with your team at least once per week during the discovery and creation season (12 sessions). You and your family can decide together how much time you can devote to the program.

 

Are there Teams in the Ottawa Area?

Yes! There are over 20 Teams currently operating in and around Ottawa, Ontario. A full list of teams can be found here.

If you would like more information or would like to get in touch with any of these teams, please contact Christine Bibic, Regional Partner for FIRST LEGO League Junior in Ontario at christine.bibic@firstroboticscanada.org.

 

FIRST LEGO LEAGUE (FLL)

What does it mean to be an FLL Coach?

  • Help the team set realistic goals
  • Facilitate meetings and help the team to coordinate the work
  • Administrative responsibilities such as tournament registration and communication
  • Relay all aspects of FIRST LEGO League guidelines and rules to the team, other Coaches, Volunteers and parents
  • Desire to work with children 10-14

 

ARE THERE TEAMS IN the Ottawa Area?

Yes! There are over 20 FLL Teams currently operating in and around Ottawa, Ontario. A full list of teams can be found here.

If you would like more information or would like to get in touch with any of these teams, please contact Dave Ellis, Regional Director of FIRST LEGO League in Ontario at david.ellis@firstroboticscanada.org

 

WHAT IS THE TIME COMMITMENT?

As a Coach, you should be meeting with your team once per week during the build and competition season (September – April). Many mature teams also meet throughout the school year, and some compete in off-season events during the summer. You and your available free time can decide together how much time you can devote to the program.

 

FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC)

What does it mean to be an FRC Mentor?

FRC is so broad, and covers so many topics, teams often have mentors with many different areas of expertise, including:

  • Project Management
    • Provides an overview of project management concepts for team’
    • Guides the team throughout the project life cycle
  • Marketing
    • Provides a basic overview of Marketing concepts
    • Assists students with development and implementation of a Marketing Plan in coordination with the development of a Business Plan
  • Finance/Sponsorship
    • Assist the team in preparing a Business Plan, financial planning/budget for the season
    • Organize and assists with fundraising efforts
  • Programming/Software Engineering
    • Assist team members with writing code to control robot in C++, Java, Robot C or LabVIEW (depending on program)
    • Maintains process focus
  • Electrical Engineering
    • Assist team with wiring the robot’s power and signal system
    • Assist and instruct the team members in the electrical and electronics systems on the robot
  • Mechanical Engineering
    • Provides assistance with design and construction of the robot
    • Advise students on the safe use of tools and safety procedures

 

What is the time commitment?

As a Mentor or adult Volunteer, you should be meeting with your team at least several times per week during the build and competition season (January – April). Many mature teams also meet throughout the school year, and some compete in off-season events during the summer. You and your available free time can decide together how much time you can devote to the program.

 

Are there Teams in my Area?

Yes! There are several FRC Teams currently operating in and around Ottawa, Ontario. Check out the provided maps, driving directions, and transit routes to get to each one.

If you would like more information or would like to get in touch with any of these teams, send us a message using the Contact Us page.