How you can volunteer NOW

The FIRST Tech Challenge is more than a school robotics program.  It is a community focused on building a better world for tomorrow by engaging high school students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).

We need all sorts of volunteer help across our region:

  • Helping at our Events — League Meets, InterLeague Tournaments, and Regional Championship (November – February)
  • Working with our Teams in expert and non-expert roles (year-round)
  • Volunteers in our Regional Committee (year-round)

Events:

You can sign up to be an event volunteer by both emailing volunteers@socalftc.com and signing up to be placed in an event at https://my.usfirst.org/vims.  We have around 50 events this season, ranging from mid-November through the end of February — and the schedule can be seen via links on the front of our web page.

Some events are half-day; others are full day.  Roles range from judge and referee, to queuing and helping with volunteer support and crowd control.  Some are technical; most are just energy and support for a great day of celebration and robotics.

For adults, you will need to go through Youth Protection screening, which may take 2-10 days.  Information on roles can be found at http://www.firstinspires.org/resource-library/ftc/volunteer-resources .

Working with our Teams: Across the Year and Season:

You can get directly involved with a team or program in your area:

  • Coach/Mentor a team — help get one started at a local middle or high school, or expand an existing program with additional support and resources
  • Be an engineering or programming mentor
  • Be a business, marketing, or financial mentor

Regional Committee Membership:

We always welcome involvement on the Regional level.  We have about a dozen adult volunteers who make the trains run on time and work with the various teams, schools, districts, and organizations.  Many of us are program alumni, mentors, and/or parents of program alumni.

Currently, the committee meets online via webconference every other Tuesday night at 7 pm.   Volunteers live all over our nine-county region.  Live meetings are 2-3x/year at various locations, as well as at our main events each year.  Some volunteers lead committees; others help with a variety of programs as time permits in their work and school schedules (for our college students and professors).

Current roles we are seeking to grow or amplify:

  • Logistics and operations
  • Registration and team management
  • Equipment support
  • School and district outreach/marketing
  • Mentor training
  • PR/Press relations
  • Secretary

Email community@socalftc.com if you are interested in getting your feet wet with us.