Mentoring a FIRST Tech Challenge

FIRST Tech Challenge teams are usually between 3 and 10 middle thru high school students. These students will work together as a team to design, build, and refine a robot design to play in a game. The game is different each year. Most teams are formed in schools. However, we have a large number of home school teams and community based teams as well. 

Turns out that you don't have to be a robotics expert to help your local FIRST team!  The number one requirement is a desire to help. Everything else you can learn with the students.

Mentors are typically:
  • Teachers
  • Parents
  • Community volunteers
  • Engineers and other technology professionals

To be a mentor you should be prepared to:
  • Spend a few hours each week helping students design, build, and refine a robot
  • Help the team keep on track and making progress
  • Finding resources and logistics for the team
  • Attending training sessions with your team 
  • Attending the competitions, which are usually in late November thru December

Useful technical skills to help team may include:
  • Software design / programming
  • Mechanical engineering / CAD 
  • General mechanical skills

Useful non-technical skills to help team may include:
  • Project management 
  • Communications / Graphic design
  • Team logistics / Travel
  • Fundraising
  • Teamwork and interpersonal skills

Interested in getting involved? We would be happy to work with you to find a way for you to contribute. Let us know you are interested.  Express interest by clicking here!

Click here to read more about FIRST Tech Challenge on our website

Click here to read more about FIRST Tech Challenge on the official FIRST  global website

If you have questions about mentoring a team, starting a team, or finding a team to help with, contact our senior mentor Erin VanBuren : evanburen@usfirst.org