Mentoring an FIRST Robotics Compeition Team

The FIRST Robotics Competition is a program for high school aged students that inspires them to become scientists and engineers. A typical team has 12-36 students who are teamed up with mentors and teachers to compete in a very large contest with some really big robots. Teams not only build a robot, but they also learn a wide range of other skills from computer aided design, team management, fundraising, business plans, and communications skills. 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.

To be a mentor you should be prepared to:
  • Spend 4-10 hours a week helping students execute the program goals
  • 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 March 

Useful technical skills:

  • Mechanical Engineers
  • Electrical Engineers
  • Computer Programmers  (C, Java, or LabVIEW)
  • Project Management
  • Designer or CAD/UG Operator
  • Machinist
  • Technician
  • Mechanic / Welder / Fabricator
  • Carpenter / Electrician / Handy person
  • Pneumatics
  • Computer Graphics

Useful non-technical skills to help:

  • Marketing
  • Business Management
  • Fundraising
  • General logistics
  • Graphic Design
  • Driving to the store to get food for teenagers

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 Robotics Competition on our website

Click here to read more about FIRST Robotics Competition 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 Eric VanBuren: evanburen@usfirst.org

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