Volunteers make up 99% of the FIRST® workforce. Whether you have a weekend to help, want to mentor a team, have technical or non-technical expertise, there is a volunteer role suited to your unique interest. Find information about FIRST programs, volunteer resources, opportunities, and more!
FIRST Volunteers make a difference in the lives of young people, helping them to discover the real-world value in science and technology. FIRST Volunteers are people from all walks of life that come together to lead by example in the ways of science, technology, and citizenship.
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Each FIRST program offers a wide range of positions that are technical and non-technical of nature. Click on the program to learn more about what event volunteer roles are available.
At FIRST, student safety is always a priority. Every adult must become familiar with our Youth Protection Program (YPP). Take the time to watch our videos and read our Youth Protection materials. All adult volunteers from the United States and Canada must complete background screening through our Volunteer Registration for the safety of all FIRST team members.
FIRST® LEGO® League Jr.
FIRST® LEGO® League
Introduces younger students to real-world engineering challenges by building LEGO-based robots to complete tasks on a thematic playing surface. FIRST LEGO League teams, guided by their imaginations and adult coaches, discover exciting career possibilities and, through the process, learn to make positive contributions to society. Learn more about FIRST LEGO League.
FIRST® Tech Challenge
FIRST Tech Challenge is designed for students in grades 7-12 to compete head to head, using a sports model. Teams are responsible for designing, building, and programming their robots to compete in an alliance format against other teams. The robot kit is reusable from year-to-year and is programmed using a variety of languages. Teams, including coaches, mentors and volunteers, are required to develop strategy and build robots based on sound engineering principles. Awards are given for the competition as well as for community outreach, design, and other real-world accomplishments. Learn more about FIRST Tech Challenge.
FIRST® Robotics Competition
The varsity Sport for the MindTM, FIRST Robotics Competition combines the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology. Under strict rules, limited resources, and time limits, teams of 25 students or more are challenged to raise funds, design a team "brand," hone teamwork skills, and build and program robots to perform prescribed tasks against a field of competitors. It’s as close to "real-world engineering" as a student can get. Volunteer professional mentors lend their time and talents to guide each team. Learn more about FIRST Robotics Competition.
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