Mentor and Coach Roles
Mentors and Coaches are the keystone of our programs. The descriptions below outline the definition of Coach and Mentor for each of the four FIRST programs: Junior FIRST LEGO League, FIRST LEGO League, FIRST Tech Challenge, and FIRST Robotics Competition.
Junior FIRST LEGO League (Jr.FLL)
Coaches guide teams through their challenge, which includes creating a LEGO model with a motorized part and making a ‘Show Me’ poster that explains what the team learned. They keep teams on track and ask “leading questions,” but they are mainly there to make sure the children have fun.
Mentors, at the Jr.FLL level, help Coaches organize events as well as find resources and events in their area.
FIRST LEGO League (FLL)
An FLL Coach provides support to his or her team and guides them in completing the season’s Challenge. The Coach asks questions, encourages the team to explore options, promotes teamwork and participation by all members, exemplifies Gracious Professionalism™, reinforces FLL’s Core
Values and commits to having fun.
An FLL Mentor has a certain expertise a team may need. The Mentor may contribute their expertise through instruction, guidance to the team, or serve as a resource on a one-time or multiple-time basis.
FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC)
* The FTC program does not distinguish between the roles of a Coach and Mentor. *
An FTC Coach/Mentor works with his or her students by helping them to develop skills and to design and build a successful robot. They guide teams through any issues they encounter, making them stronger in both their school and personal lives. They inspire students in ways far beyond science and technology and enable both students and adults to appreciate the value of sportsmanship, teamwork, and Gracious Professionalism® in a way that might not be possible otherwise.
FIRST Robotics Competition
FRC Mentors play a vital role in the success of their students. Mentors work extensively with team members during the build season, designing, building, and fabricating a functional robot for Competition. Their expertise is the catalyst for the team’s and students’ success. FRC Mentors are the major distinction between the FRC program and other robotic competitions as they are wholly the professional role model for the student. Mentors engage and inspire students in ways far beyond science and technology. They enable both students and adults to appreciate the value of sportsmanship, teamwork, and Gracious Professionalism®.
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