Volunteer Information

To have a successful Regional Competition, we need over 80 volunteers. Your commitment can be as short as a few hours or up to attendance of the entire 3 day event. Don’t worry about not having the right skills or knowledge; all of the volunteer jobs are easy to learn and fun to do. You can even volunteer as a group and work with a group of your friends.  To learn more scroll down or click here.

The 2007 West Michigan Regional Competition will be held on March 29th through March 31st at the Grand Valley State University Allendale Campus field house.


For questions or specific information on volunteering, please contact;

Tina Ray Volunteer Coordinator




Teams Need Mentors – With Wide Ranging Skills

Since the founding of the West Michigan Regional, visibility and interest has exploded! Schools from Holland to Grand Rapids to Detroit to Chicago are working to field teams for the competitions. Major corporations are working to provide financial, facility, and other support for these teams. However, to succeed, they need adult mentors who can help the teams organizationally and technically.

Do you have professional or personal experience or interest in:

Designing and building things?

  • Electronics?
  • Robotics?
  • Computer programming?
  • Computer Aided Design?
  • Animation?
  • PR, marketing, and communications?
  • Finance and team operations?
  • Helping our youth learn about science and technology in a practical and fun forum?

If you are interested in any of these, you can be a mentor.

What you will do as a mentor?


A mentor Inspires students in science and technology.

  • Motivates and engages students in the meaningful activities.
  • Creates open communication.
  • Facilitates instruction and has students do as much work as possible.

Mentoring is the process by which an experienced person provides advice, support, and encouragement to a less experienced person. A mentor is a teacher or advisor who leads through guidance and example. On a FIRST team, the mentor’s goal is to actively share wisdom and knowledge with the students to foster intellectual growth. Mentors need to help each other discover ways of adapting instruction to reach every student on the team. The mentors and students are equal and become united through a partnership where each works collaboratively toward a mutual and beneficial goal.

The team mentors will work with the students to learn technical and organizational skills needed to build a robot and compete as a unified team. You will help the team design and implement a robotic system to compete in a specific competitive environment using predefined parts. In addition to having some fun, you will have a profoundly positive impact on our children, our schools, and our community.

2007 FIRST Robotics Competition Season

September-December 2006 Team formation and organization.
Saturday, January 6, 2007 Live NASA-TV feed – competition challenge disclosure.
Identical kits-of-parts distributed to all teams.
January 6th – February 20th Six week robot-build period.
Tuesday, February 20, 2007 Ship robot to Regional Competition.
Thur-Sat, March 29th-March 31st West Michigan Regional Event at GVSU Field house.

2006 FIRST LEGO League Season

Late Spring – Late Summer Team formation and organization.
September 2006 Mission Announced and Build Season Begins
November – December Various Local and State Tournaments

Time Commitment

Time commitment is a highly individual thing – there is no one answer. It can be as little as a few hours per week for just a couple of weeks, to back-to-back days for one to two weeks, to a whole bunch for those that choose. The only meaningful answer comes out of attending a team meeting and/or talking with a Team-Leader and agreeing on that piece with which you are personally comfortable committing. It is always your choice.