Volunteer Sign-Up

The FCA Robotics program continues to grow and we are looking for dedicated and committed individuals to assist regularly with coaching the robotics teams at FCA.  Individuals with technical backgrounds are preferred, but not required.  If you love teaching and working with kids and are interested in volunteering regularly with the FCA Robotics program, please contact Coach Jordan directly at info@fcarobotics.com or 214-672-9200 x4214.  For information on assisting with the annual robotics events hosted by FCA, please see the volunteer information and sign-up below.

 

For the 5th year in a row, Fellowship Christian Academy (FCA) has been blessed with the opportunity to host a FIRST LEGO League (FLL) Qualifier tournament in partnership with the Perot Museum this December.  FCA will be hosting a FIRST LEGO League (FLL) Qualifier tournament on Saturday, December 2nd, 2017We will also be hosting an FLL Scrimmage on Saturday, November 4th, 2017.  We are in need of numerous volunteers to assist with the tournament, especially in need of individuals to volunteer their time and talents as Judges and Referees for the tournament.

 

Volunteer Sign-Up 

Please use the sign-up links below to volunteer to serve at either event. If you have any questions please feel free to contact us at volunteer@fcarobotics.com or (214) 672-9200 x4214.  You can learn more about each of the events and the available volunteer roles by scrolling down this page.

 

 

 

 

 

NOTE:  Per FIRST Policy, all individuals 18 years of age or older who are volunteering at an official FIRST event, such as an FLL Qualifier tournament must register as a volunteer with FIRST and complete a background check.  Please complete the FIRST Volunteer registration here.  No personal and confidential information necessary to complete the background checks is shared with FCA or the FCA Robotics Club.

 

Events

FLL Scrimmage

The FCA FLL Scrimmage is scheduled for Saturday, November 4th.  General volunteers are needed to assist with setup Saturday morning as well as during the scrimmage.  Volunteers interested in being a Referee at the FLL Qualifier in December are encouraged to volunteer to referee at the scrimmage as well in order to become familiar with this years Robot Games.  All volunteers will receive an FCA Robotics volunteer T-shirt.

Saturday, November 4th

  • 9:00am – 11:30am:  Setup
  • 12:00pm – 5:00pm:  Scrimmage

 Volunteers Needed:

  • Referees:  4-5
  • Scorekeepers:  1-2
  • Emcees: 1
  • General Volunteers:  15-20

FLL Qualifier Tournament

The official FLL Qualifier tournament hosted by FCA is scheduled for Saturday, December 2nd.  Between 32-40 FLL teams will be competing in this first round Qualifier with the top teams advancing the 2nd Round Qualifier.  Numerous Judges and Referees along with many other general volunteers are needed to successfully support this event.  Training will be provided on Saturday, November 18th for all Judges and Referees that volunteer.  A description of the some of the various volunteer roles are listed below.  All volunteers will receive an FCA Robotics volunteer T-shirt, snacks and lunch.

Friday, December 1st

  • 6:00pm – 9:00pm:  Tournament Setup

Saturday, December 2nd

  • 7:00am – 5:30pm: Tournament

Volunteers Needed:

  • Judges and Referees:  22-27
  • Scorekeepers:  2-3
  • Emcees: 1-2
  • General Volunteers:  30-40

Volunteer Roles

Below is a brief description of some of the various volunteer roles.

Robot Design Judges

  • Commitment:  8 hours + training
  • 1st time judges will need to attend a mandatory training session on Saturday, November 18th or complete the training online.
  • Should be a working or retired professional, teacher or college student with an engineering, computer science, technology or science background  (no high school or middle school students)
  • Teams present their robots on a Robot Game field, demonstrate how they built it, programmed it, what they programmed it to do, the logic behind what they did, etc.
  • All judges are asked to volunteer for the entire duration of the tournament.
  • Robot Design Judge Volunteers Needed for Qualifier:  6-7

Project Judges

  • Commitment:  8 hours + training
  • 1st time judges will need to attend a mandatory training session on Saturday, November 18th or complete the training online.
  • Should be a working or retired professional, teacher or college student (no high school or middle school students).  No engineering or science background required .
  • Teams present their projects, explain who/what they researched, what they found out, what problem they decided to solve, and how they’re going to solve it, using skits, posters, LEGOS, etc.
  • All judges are asked to volunteer for the entire duration of the tournament.
  • Project Judge Volunteers Needed Qualifier:  6-7

Core Values Judges

  • Commitment:  8 hours + training
  • 1st time judges will need to attend a mandatory training session on Saturday, November 18th or complete the training online.
  • Should be a working or retired professional, teacher or college student (no high school or middle school students).  No engineering or science background required.
  • Will interview/observe teams throughout all aspects of the competition, observing/scoring teamwork, courteousness, friendliness between teams, GRACIOUS PROFESSIONALISM, etc. (or the opposite!)
  • All judges are asked to volunteer for the entire duration of the tournament.
  • Core Values Judge Volunteers Needed for Qualifier:  6-7

Referees

  • Commitment:  8 hours + training
  • Training:  FCA Scrimmage on November 4th in-person, November 18th in-person or complete the training online.
  • In-person training is highly recommended for all referees, both new and returning.
  • Score the Robot Game matches using designated score sheets, rules, and point system
  • Must know the Robot Game missions, rules, updates very well BEFORE the competition
  • All referees are asked to volunteer for the entire duration of the tournament.
  • Referee Volunteers Needed for Scrimmage (Training for Qualifier):  4-5
  • Referee Volunteers Needed for Qualifier:  4-5

Scorekeepers

  • Commitment:  4-5 hours
  • Must be comfortable with computers and willing/able to learn the scoring software BEFORE the competition
  • Receives the score sheets from the referees after each Robot Game match, enters them into program, projects them, communicates them to emcee
  • Prints out ranking chart, facilitates final rankings for awards and passes these on to Judges, etc.
  • Scorekeeper Volunteers Needed for Scrimmage:  1-2
  • Scorekeeper Volunteers Needed for Qualifier: 2-3

Emcee

  • Commitment:  8 hours
  • Updates spectators of what’s happening on the competition floor, calls the Robot Game action, notifies teams about callbacks, entertains crowds during down times, leads Opening and Closing Ceremonies
  • Should be fun, comfortable in front of a crowd, able to banter with audience, get everyone excited, call the play-by-play action, know about the Challenge, etc.
  • Emcee Volunteers Needed for Scrimmage: 1
  • Emcee Volunteers Needed for Qualifer: 1-2

General Volunteers

There are various volunteer roles that need to be filled.  You will be assigned a role as needed, but if you have a specific preference, please let us know we will try to accommodate it.  Older middle school and high school students are encouraged to volunteer and will be given provided with letters showing their volunteer time.

Commitment:  4-5 hours

General Volunteers Needed:

  • Scrimmage: 15-20
  • Qualifier: 30-40

Some of the roles include:

  • Pre-Tournament Administration (if you can’t help that day, but still want to volunteer)
  • Check-In Assistance
  • Information assistance
  • Hospitality volunteers
  • Timekeepers
  • Pit Runners
  • Team Queuers
  • Field Attendants
  • Crowd control
  • Setup/Tear-down

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