Volunteer with FIRST this season

Volunteer with FIRST this season

KC STEM Alliance provides the FIRST Robotics tournament experience to over 3,000 kindergarten-12th grade students in the Kansas City area, which requires a small army of volunteers!

Four programs make up FIRST in Kansas City and the volunteer roles are many and diverse. To sign up for any of these events, go to www.firstinspires.org, click on Sign Up or Log In in the upper right corner and then “Volunteer for an event.” Note: make sure to look under Kansas and Missouri to see all local events.

FIRST LEGO League Junior: Mission Moon

FIRST LEGO League Junior is designed to introduce STEM concepts to kids ages 6 to 10 using a brand they know and love−LEGO. Teams of up to six bring their projects to showcases to present their learnings to reviewers who give the team positive feedback and reinforce the team’s learnings. Volunteer needs include reviewers (aka: judges), check-in and directional support.

Event Dates/Locations:

November 10 Olathe Northwest High School
March 23 Rockhurst High School
April 13 Center Elementary School

 

FIRST LEGO League: Into Orbit

Guided by two or more adult coaches, FIRST LEGO League teams of up to 10 members in grades 4-8 research a real-world problem and develop a solution. They also must design, build and program a robot using LEGO MINDSTORMS, then compete on a table-top playing field. Teams compete at a qualifier and can advance to the Kansas City Championship on January 26.

Volunteer needs include team judges, robot game referees, scorekeepers, check-in and directional support, field reset, practice table assistants, timers, traffic control/security, setup/tear down .

Event Dates/Locations:

November 10 Olathe Northwest High School
November 17 Summit Lakes Middle School (Lee’s Summit)
December 1 Bingham Middle School (Independence)
December 8 Wyandotte High School (Kansas City, Kansas)
December 15 Lawrence High School (Lawrence, Kansas)
January 26, 2019 MCC-Business & Technology Campus (Kansas City)

 

FIRST Tech Challenge: FIRST Rover Ruckus

FIRST Tech Challenge teams (10+ members, grades 7-12) are challenged to design, build, program and operate robots to compete in a head-to-head challenge in an alliance format.

Volunteer needs: Team judges, robot game referees, scorekeepers, check-in and directional support, field reset, practice field assistant, timers, traffic control/security, setup/tear down, robot inspectors, control system advisors.

Event Dates/Locations:

December 15 Notre Dame De Sion High School (Kansas City)
January 19 Westridge Middle School (Overland Park)
February 10 Blue Springs High School

 

FIRST Robotics Competition: FIRST Deep Space

Under strict rules, limited resources and an intense six-week time limit, teams of students are challenged to raise funds, design a team “brand,” hone teamwork skills and build and program industrial-size robots to play a difficult field game against like-minded competitors.

Volunteer needs: Team judges, robot game referees, scorekeepers, check-in and directional support, field reset, practice field assistant, timers, traffic control/security, setup/tear down, safety glasses attendant, pit administration, concessions, robot inspectors, control system advisors, field technical advisors.

Event Dates/Locations:

March 13-16 Heartland Regional: Lawrence, Kansas
March 20-23 Greater Kansas City Regional: Rockhurst High School, Kansas City, Mo.
April 4-7 Central Missouri Regional: Smith-Cotton High School, Sedalia, Mo.