The Team benefits when parents are involved. Parents are encouraged to commit to help in at least 3 ways.
“101 Examples of How Parents Could Help a FIRST® Team” By NEMO (Non-Engineering Mentor Organization)
1. Organize paperwork – make a folder for each team member with appropriate forms in it – school permission slips, medical insurance/emergency info, FIRST® release forms; make duplicate copies and take one set when traveling.
2. Make ID badges for team members
3. Organize tailgating party for local regional events
4. Organize a team social event like a bowling night after the build season ends
5. Plan an end-of-year team banquet
6. Organize a dinner and offer to host a visiting team who is at your local regional
7. Publish a team newsletter
8. Mentor a committee – Finance, PR, Community Outreach, Website, CAD, Animation, Spirit, etc. You do not need to have a background in that area; just be able to keep committee focused and meet deadlines.
9. Mentor a Hospitality Committee – Celebrate birthdays, send get well cards and sympathy cards-, pack a box of health and beauty aids for team travel.
10. Maintain Game Manual and Updates
11. Provide at least one meal for the team during the build cycle.
12. Compile team “Wish List” for materials and services they would like to obtain
13. Staff a concession booth at a nearby sports complex as a fundraiser for the team
14. Solicit donations from small and large companies
15. Solicit in-kind donations. Know any companies that would donate food, safety goggles, and tools, paper plates, a paint job for the robot, t-shirts, computers?
16. Write a grant proposal
17. Help with travel arrangements (bus, plane, food, activities)
18. Organize a telephone tree and e-mail list
19. Design and print team Thank You cards
20. Create team stationery
21. Write and mail thank you notes
22. Coordinate community service projects
23. Organize robot demonstrations
25. Take photos/videos for publicity and for the scrapbook
26. Set up the cheering section at the regional competitions
27. Help with team spirit items such as signs
28. Make business cards for the team
29. Help with building the practice field
30. Help with the engineering, design, build of the robot
31. Help build a cart for the robot
32. Extend invitations to our VIPs to attend your competitions
33. Organize an Open House for interested students and school administrators
34. Organize an Open House for local politicians
35. Organize an Open House for potential sponsors
36. Organize an Open House for potential engineers and other would-be mentors
37. Produce a PowerPoint presentation or video about FIRST® and the team
38. Organize a fundraiser
39. Carpool students
40. Help design team buttons (giveaways)
41. Help design team shirts
42. Make breakfast for the team for early Saturday mornings during build season
43. Create team jewelry
44. Organize a toolbox
45. Make luggage pom-poms in team colors for easy ID of luggage at airport
46. Type travel itinerary including details about airport security, hotel info, meal options, drop off and pick up times and distribute to all team members and parents/guardians.
47. Create and laminate emergency card for team members who are traveling as well as for parents staying home – include contacts’ cell phone numbers hotel name, address and phone number
48. Create a hotel rooming list with a copy for each chaperone – upon arrival at hotel, write room number next to each group, chaperone name, and distribute copies.
49. Work with team safety captain to create presentation for team on safety; purchase safety glasses, earplugs, first aid kits, breakaway lanyards, etc.
50. Organize team building weekend early in season
51. Facilitate team building exercises at each meeting until build season begins
52. Help recruit new team members
53. Staff table at orientation meeting and explain program to parents
54. Procure venue for team to view broadcast of kickoff
55. Obtain/sew team mascot costume
56. Watch for post-Halloween sales on face paints hair dyes, etc. in team colors
57. Recruit dance instructor to teach team choreography
58. Teach team “YMCA” song and movements
59. Bake cookies. Cookies are always appreciated
60. Help team create logo
61. Enter team data into TIMS system
62. Volunteer for a FIRST® event
63. Create team budget; help with finances
64. Help team create Handbook
65. Assist with post-season self assessment interview process
66. Be a mediator if an argument occurs between team members
67. Help team create awards they can give to other teams
68. Help team create Mission Statement
69. Organize a team Thank Your Mentor event
70. Organize a “Welcome Home!” group to meet team at airport
71. Make funny “awards” to honor graduating seniors at end of year
72. Take candid photos of team in fall and create team calendar as holiday gifts for team members
73. Make posters to hang in school advertising upcoming competitions
74. Volunteer to chaperone a team “lock-down” over-nighter
75. Write team quiz and give it to the team prior to competition
76. Help scout other teams
77. Help mentor rookie teams
78. Network with other teams
79. Make presentation at area schools that do not yet have a team
80. Research activities the team can participate in at the end of the day while on trips ie. museums, shopping, sports or theater events, or getting together with other teams.
81. Set up simulated pit area so you know what fits where, before you go to a regional competition
82. Arrange with school to present awards to team members at their end-of-year awards ceremony
83. Create awards to hand out at the ceremony
84. Buy wholesale size box of team’s favorite candy and bring to competitions!
85. Take minutes of team meetings or mentor team secretary
86. Donate supplies
87. Organize team tag sale in spring as fundraiser
88. Act as liaison with school system
89. Act as liaison with sponsor
90. Paint faces at competitions with team logo, colors, etc.
91. If team ethnicity is diverse, organize dinners featuring different ethnic foods to build understanding of cultures
92. Host VIPs who attend your competitions and explain game, impact of FIRST® on your team, etc.
93. Create attractive pit area
94. Create team presentation book
95. Create robot pit sheet that can be handed out to judges and other teams
96. Host Ship Date party to celebrate crating the robot
97. Create or organize team Archive
98. Take team photo and frame copies for each team members as a memento of a wonderful year!
99. Volunteer at one of the Michigan district events to meet the team volunteer requirement.
100. Organize shelves and cabinets.
101. Most importantly, share your talent, skill, or passion in any way that could inspire a student.