Welcome to the CVR Pit Admin Training! First off, thank you for being a FIRST LEGO League Jr. Volunteer and helping to make a huge impact on the students in our community.
This training is split into an overview of FIRST, followed by an overview of roles in Pit Admin, and then concluding with details on job duties. After reading all of the training, you may take the certification test on MyCVR.
What is FIRST?
You are here because you want to volunteer for FIRST, but first lets learn a bit more about our organization. Straight from the FIRST website, "FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) was founded in 1989 to inspire young people's interest and participation in science and technology. Based in Manchester, NH, the 501(c)(3) not-for-profit public charity designs accessible, innovative programs that motivate young people to pursue education and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math, while building self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills. FIRST is More Than Robots. FIRST participation is proven to encourage students to pursue education and careers in STEM-related fields, inspire them to become leaders and innovators, and enhance their 21st century work-life skills".
What is FIRST LEGO League Jr.?
The training you are currently undergoing is for the FIRST LEGO League Jr. program. Let's take a deeper dive into FIRST LEGO League Jr. Directly from the FIRST website,
"It’s never too early to discover STEM. FIRST LEGO League Jr.* is designed to introduce STEM concepts to kids ages 6 to 10 while exciting them through a brand they know and love − LEGO®.
Guided by adult coaches and FIRST LEGO League Jr. Core Values, students build models using LEGO® Education WeDo and create Show Me posters to present what they learned. The program focuses on building interest in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) through a real-world challenge – to be solved by research, critical thinking, and imagination."
Teams are formed with up to 6 kids and 2 adult coaches who help the kids to navigate through their journey. In the process, teams learn about teamwork, the wonders of science and technology, and the FIRST LEGO League Jr. Core Values, which include respect, sharing, and critical thinking. At the close of each season, teams come together on a regional basis to share their Show Me poster and model, celebrate, and have fun!
What is the ethos of FIRST?
As members of the FIRST Community, there are two vital pieces of vocabulary that we all need to understand. These would be “Gracious Professionalism” and “Coopertition”.
Straight from FIRST’s website, “Gracious Professionalism is part of the ethos of FIRST. It's a way of doing things that encourages high-quality work, emphasizes the value of others, and respects individuals and the community. With Gracious Professionalism, fierce competition and mutual gain are not separate notions. Gracious professionals learn and compete like crazy, but treat one another with respect and kindness in the process. They avoid treating anyone like losers. No chest thumping tough talk, but no sticky-sweet platitudes either. Knowledge, competition, and empathy are comfortably blended. In the long run, Gracious Professionalism is part of pursuing a meaningful life. One can add to society and enjoy the satisfaction of knowing one has acted with integrity and sensitivity.”
FIRST says, “Coopertition® produces innovation. At FIRST, Coopertition is displaying unqualified kindness and respect in the face of fierce competition. Coopertition is founded on the concept and a philosophy that teams can and should help and cooperate with each other even as they compete. Coopertition involves learning from teammates. It is teaching teammates. It is learning from Mentors. And it is managing and being managed. Coopertition means competing always, but assisting and enabling others when you can.”