In addition to being a team member, there are many ways to get involved with Junior FIRST® LEGO® League (Jr.FLL®). 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!
Local Jr.FLL Expos take place between October and April each year. The Jr.FLL World Festival Expo coincides with the FIRST World Championship held in April. Though volunteers are needed for the duration of that annual event, such as for judging, there are other opportunities available at each event that span just one-day.
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 through a link in the registration system.
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.