Q: We’ve checked out the Calendar and it looks like it’s too late for our son/daughter to join or for us to start a team, what can we do?
A: While it’s true that the FIRST competition seasons are at specific times of the year (see the Calendar), depending on the age of your student, you may find that you can still connect with one of the existing teams. To find out what teams are in your area, see the answer to the next question. There are also good educational opportunities in the region, such as through Super Saturday, ABTech Community College and a variety of camps and after school programs. If you’re not sure how to proceed, feel free to contact the ROC and we’ll do what we can to help.
Q: Our son/daughter is interested in technical things, but there is no robot team at his/her school. What can we do?
A: The first thing to do is to visit the FIRST team locator (for FIRST Lego League, ages 9-14, visit the FLL Site and click on “FIRST Teamup” in the lower right corner) or contact the ROC (see the bottom of this page) to find out if there is a FIRST team in your area that your child can join. If there is a not a team then you and other parents/educators in your region can form one. Also check out the FIRST page on this site to see what kind of team is suitable for the age of your child.
Q: My company is interested in exploring ways to support these programs, what can we do?
A: Corporate sponsorship can take several forms, ranging from simple donations to allowing employees to use work-time to participate as mentors to team. There are also ways to leverage your contributions into promotional opportunities for your company, such as getting your name on the team’s t-shirt and/or robot, brochures and more. It’s a win-win situation, well worth exploring! For more information visit the Get Involved page on this site.
Q: The schools in our area don’t have much STEM content, how can we change this?
A: Many school districts are currently reviewing STEM programs (such as PLTW and Engineering by Design) and may be considering future implementation. This is an evolutionary process, and can be costly for the district. The best thing to do is to contact your local school board to see how you can encourage and help the process. Each district is different, and in this economic climate many are struggling to provide a basic education. Speak up, be heard, use the process. The ROC may be able to share advice on funding options, contact information below.
Q: I want to help the ROC, what do I do?
A: The ROC relies on volunteer participation and you are very welcome to join in. If you are in the Asheville region, you can be notified of ROC meetings and participate directly. If you are a bit further away, you can help by providing local contact for the ROC and by organizing parents and interested parties in your area. Also check out the Get Involved page on this site.