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Volunteering

We’re currently redesigning the volunteer registration process to make it as simple and as informative as possible – this page will be updated with lots more information soon, but for now take a look at some frequently asked questions:

What sort of role can I do as a volunteer?

Role

Description

Time commitments

FIRST® LEGO® League division

Mentor

Inspire the next generation of engineers by supporting young people as they work through the FIRST® LEGO® League programme. Give them advise, guidance and support whilst sharing your industry experience with them (any industry is important, not just engineering!).

Teams often meet once a week for approximately 1-2 hours (sometimes during school time, sometimes after school time), but how often you want to support as a mentor is up to you

All

Reviewer

Listen to teams talk about their ideas and solutions, ask them questions to find out more about their learning journey, and celebrate their achievements!

Approx. 3-4 hours at a final event

Discover and Explore

Judge

Work with fellow judges to listen to teams’ presentations on their robot design, innovation project and core values – score the teams using a structured scoresheet (rubric) to allocate awards

One full day for the tournament event, and approximately 1-2 hours for training beforehand

Challenge

Referee

Score the teams’ robot performance at the robot game table using a structured scoring system

One full day for the tournament event, and approximately 1-2 hours for training beforehand

Challenge

General event volunteer

Support with general event running activities, such as chaperoning teams to appointments, running an information stand or supporting with queuing areas

One full day for the tournament event, and approximately 1-2 hours for training beforehand

Challenge

What training do I need to be a volunteer?

We’re currently designing a new suite of training materials for our volunteers, which will be short and easy to access in your own time.

The training is designed to give you the necessary information to help you feel confident in supporting teams, but also to ensure our mandatory policies are adhered to.

Examples of training modules are:

  • IET safeguarding policy
  • IET data protection policy
  • Judge/Referee training module
  • Overview of FIRST® LEGO® League
  • Volunteer expectations

Join us on the 9 September at Futures Place, Stevenage for our FIRST LEGO League Volunteer Training Day.

You can learn everything you need to know about FIRST LEGO League, you will be able to walk away with all the knowledge you need to be one of our incredible volunteers.

I’m not an engineer – does that matter?

Absolutely not! Teams will be learning and developing a whole host of important 21st century skills which are relevant to lots of different industries, so no matter what your background your support and guidance will be invaluable to the FIRST® LEGO® League teams.

Do I need to be DBS checked?

For certain volunteer roles, such as mentoring, a DBS check is required.

We recommend visiting STEM Learning and registering to become a STEM Ambassador as they can provide you with a free DBS check (plus give you lots of extra information and support as a STEM Ambassador!) – take a look at their website for more information.

Can I use this volunteering experience on my CV?

Absolutely! Employers love to see if you have had volunteering experience.

We’re also currently exploring ways of being able to ‘log’ your volunteer activity with us so that you can tangibly track the hours and experience you are undertaking.

How do I get involved?

We’re redesigning the way we register volunteers, so more information will be coming soon.

In the meantime, if you’re interested in getting involved as a volunteer please register your interest or by scanning the QR code below and we’ll be in touch.