In addition to being a team member, there are many ways to get involved with Junior FIRST® LEGO® League (Jr.FLL®) in both official and unofficial capacities. Whether you have played with LEGO® elements your whole life or even if you have never heard of them, you can help with Jr.FLL!
The coach is a critical element of the team. The coach guides the team through the season, facilitating discussion, and problem solving along the way. You do not need to have a technical background to be a coach, just a willingness to learn with the kids. The coach is the main point of contact and is responsible for disseminating all information to the team.
When a coach registers a team they will have instant access to the Coaches’ Guide (updated each season).
The Coaches’ Guide contains helpful hints to run a successful Jr.FLL season. You will find sample schedules for your season, as well as icebreaker and team-building activities to help you get started. New and veteran coaches can rely on this guide to help them plan team meetings.
Mentoring is another crucial role. Although it is not completely necessary for a team to have a Mentor, Mentors can provide guidance in an area of expertise that greatly benefits the team. In addition to adults, older siblings and cousins can make great Mentors for Jr.FLL teams. Mentors do not necessarily have to be present at every meeting; they can be used just as a resource.
There are multiple ways to sponsor Jr.FLL. You can sponsor a local team, a community Jr.FLL event, or the overall Jr.FLL program. Sponsorship can be monetary or material - donating food, buttons, or equipment all help teams have a positive experience. Another form of sponsorship is donating space to host events or allowing employees to volunteer with teams.
Events for Jr.FLL teams need volunteers to make the event run smoothly. Duties for volunteers at these events range from crowd control to welcoming guests and participants. You could also volunteer directly with a team and help out at meetings along the way.
Jr.FLL presents the perfect opportunity to get the whole family involved too. Parents, grandparents, siblings, and others can all take an active role in this exciting program.
Check out the Jr.FLL Expo Volunteer Positions and the FIRST Volunteer Resources Page.