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:
- 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
- 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!