Mentoring Certificate Program

The new 2019 FIRST Robotics Canada Mentoring Certificate program will provide authentic evidence to teams who bring rookie/new teams into the FIRST program. FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) and FIRST LEGO League (FLL) Mentor teams will have provided extended mentorship, both in the offseason time period and through completion of the mentee’s team first qualifying competition.

 

FIRST LEGO League Jr. (FLLjr) Mentor Certification is awarded to veteran/mentoring teams who initiate or have “Started a Team” and worked to support that team through the team’s first full FLLJR experience and exposition.

 

FIRST Robotics Canada will archive data of these mentor/mentee team partnerships and provide both digital and hard copy certificates to recognize Mentoring teams. These certificates will serve to provide authentic evidence of the mentoring team’s efforts in support of the rookie/new team who have joined the FIRST program from recruitment to qualifying competition completion. Mentoring teams who receive these sealed authenticated certificates will be able to demonstrate verification and evidence of their mentoring efforts as per the Chairman’s Award “definition” criteria.

Basic Criteria

Please confirm criteria has been met by checking off the applicable statements:

  • Mentoring team has mentored rookie/new team from offseason through the FRC robot build season, and/or FLL qualifying competition, and/or FLLJR season cycle & exposition
  • Mentoring team has worked closely with team to prepare them for one or more competitions and/or season cycles and may end with exposition(s)
  • Mentoring team has successfully met the overall criteria based on the Chairman’s Award definition of “Starting, Mentoring, Assisting a Team” as found here (and below)
  • Mentoring team has mentored for one full season
  • Mentoring team has provided/submitted via website application all detailed information regarding key examples and areas of mentorship with their mentee rookie/new team

*Currently, this program will only recognize team mentorship in the first year with a particular team in a particular FIRST program

Application Requirements

A Team Has:

Started a Team if they have met either A or B of the following requirements. The Mentee team must check off point “C”.

  1. A) Funded or sourced funding (i.e. grants or sponsorship) of at least 50% of the team registration fee.
  2. B) Made the team aware of FIRST and/or the specific program and assisted the team with the official registration process. /
  3. C) The Started Team would agree that the Starting team did provide this level of support.

 

Mentored a Team if they have met all of the following requirements:

  1. Providing consistent (at least once a week during the lead up to competitions (e.g. FIRST Robotics Competition Build Season) communication, either in person or via phone/email/video conference, to the Mentored team helping with technical or non- technical FIRST program specific issues.
  2. The Mentored team would agree that the Mentoring team did provide this level of support.

 

Assisted a Team if they have met all of the following requirements:

  1. Providing communication, either in person or via phone/email/video conference, to the   Assisted team, helping with technical or non-technical FIRST program specific issues, OR providing funding and/or supplies to the Assisted
  2. The Assisted Team would agree that the Assisting team did provide this level of support.

Timelines

FIRST Robotics Competition

  • Online digital certificate request not available before January 30th (for 2019 only)
  • Digital certificates sent to teams immediately once approved
  • Paper certificate created and awarded at the mentor team’s first qualifying competition picked up by Mentor team at Pit Admin.

 

FIRST LEGO League

  • Teams can apply Oct. 15-30th
  • Approved submissions generate digital certificate sent to teams immediately
  • Paper copies sent out to teams in mid December

 

FIRST LEGO League Jr.

  • Application submissions may occur after Jan. 30th, 2019 (same as for FRC)
  • Certificates awarded for mentoring for one full Season Cycle
  • Certificates generated following an FLLJR Season Cycle – digital certificates go out immediately, paper certificates sent asap

 

For all Programs:

  • There is no retroactive recognition of past practice through the Mentor Certification program
  • Currently – HUB’s due not qualify under this program (may implement a recognition letter)
  • Certificate program season begins May 1 – April 30th each year. Teams can apply after May 1st. of the new season going forward.
  • For some FLLJR teams, this may mean mentorship during the last half of the previous years game for some teams
    • e.g. if a team mentors in July/Aug – this would count as a season for a specific team’s participation in the program.
  • All teams will first receive a Digital Certificate immediately after being approved by the program director
  • Teams will receive Paper Certificates as specified for each program
  • Emails and or automated requests sent to warehouse to complete paper certificates

Application Process

  1. Mentor team will go online at to start the submission process – entering mentoring team information and mentee information. Please ensure the contact information is correct.
  2. An email will go to the mentee team asking them to complete the submission process thereby verifying the mentoring partnership. The mentee team has to complete the application for to proceed.
  3. The program Director or Partner lead will be automatically contacted about the submission and request for the certificate. The program Director or Partner will review the uploaded information, and if they agree, will approve the digital certificate and hard copy certificate
  4. Teams will immediately receive notice if their application is accepted or denied, and if approved, will receive a digital certificate followed by a hard copy sent out to the mentoring team

By clicking apply, you agree to the stated guidelines.

If you require assistance with an application, please contact yoan.holder@firstroboticscanada.org.

If you believe your application was wrongly denied, please email your program partner/director. Contact details can be found on our Contact Us page.

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