Mentor Resources

Mentors and Coaches are individuals from all backgrounds and disciplines who work with students to share their knowledge and guide them through the season. Many Mentors contribute on a weekly basis during competition season, or support the team with subject matter expertise on an as needed basis. Teams may have additional or more specialized roles or a combination of roles as needed. In addition, Mentors help to foster the idea of Gracious Professionalism® and have the students do as much of the work as possible.

Potential Mentor/Coach Roles

Project Management Mentor

■ Provides an overview of project management concepts for team
■ Guides the team throughout the project life cycle
Scholarship/Alumni Mentor
■ Assist to educate students, Mentors and parents regarding scholarship/Alumni opportunities available to FIRST students
■ Disseminate information on how students can stay involved with FIRST after Graduation Marketing Mentor
■ Provides a basic overview of Marketing concepts
■ Assists students with development and implementation of a Marketing Plan in coordination with the development of a Business Plan Finance Mentor
■ Assist the team in preparing a Business Plan, financial planning/budget for the season
■ Organize and assists with fundraising efforts
Programming/Software Engineering Mentor

■ Assist team members with writing code to control robot in C++, Java, Robot C or LabVIEW (depending on program)
■ Maintains process focus Electrical Engineer Mentor
■ Assist team with wiring the robot’s power and signal system
■ Assist and instruct the team members in the electrical and electronics systems on the robot Mechanical Engineer Mentor
■ Provides assistance with design and construction of the robot
■ Advise students on the safe use of tools and safety procedures The FIRST Robotics Competition season runs from October to April For more information about mentoring or coaching, contact