Volunteer to help one of these programs and make a difference in STEM
Junior FIRST LEGO League (Jr.FLL) - captures young children’s inherent curiosity and directs it toward discovering the wonders of science and technology. This program features a real-world scientific concept to be explored through research, teamwork, construction, and imagination. Guided by adult Coaches, teams use LEGO® bricks to guild a model that moves and develop a Show-Me Poster to illustrate their journey
FIRST LEGO League (FLL) - children are immersed in real-world science and technology challenges. Teams design their own solution to a current scientific question or problem and build autonomous LEGO robots that perform a series of missions. Through their participation, children develop valuable life skills and discover exciting career possibilities while learning that they can make a positive contribution to society.
FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) - is designed for high-schoolers who want to compete head to head using a sports model. Teams of up to 10 students are responsible for designing, building, and programming their robots to compete on a 12 X 12’ field in an Alliance format against other teams. Robots are built using a TETRIX® platform that is reusable from year-to-year using a variety of languages. Teams, including Coaches, Mentors, and Volunteers, are required to develop strategy and build robots based on sound engineering principles. Awards are given for the competition as well as community outreach, design, and other real-world accomplishments.
FIRST Robotics Competition - Dubbed a varsity Sport for the Mind,™ FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) combines the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology. Under strict rules, limited resources, and time limits, teams of 25 students or more are challenged to raise funds, design a team “brand,” hone teamwork skills, and build and program a robot to perform prescribed tasks against a field of competitors. It’s as close to “real world” engineering as a student can get. Professional Mentors volunteer their time and talents to guide each team.
Junior Achievement (JA) empowers young people to own their economic success. Our volunteer-delivered, kindergarten-12th grade programs foster work-readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy skills, and use experiential learning to inspire students to dream big and reach their potential. Junior Achievement impacted more than 4.2 million U.S. students in more than 183,000 classrooms in the 2011-2012 school year. With the help of 178,000 volunteers, JA students develop the skills they need to experience the realities and opportunities of work and entrepreneurship in the 21st-century global marketplace.
Volunteers embody the heart of Junior Achievement. Taking a message of opportunity and boundless potential to a classroom in your community, no matter what your profession, is JA in action.
Volunteer today and tell kids how you took chances and shot for the stars – so they can do the same!
Utah Scholars inspires students who are looking forward to a successful future by motivating students to complete a Core Course of Study in high school that prepares them for college and careers.
The Utah Scholars Initiative brings business leaders, community partners and high education faculty and staff into Utah Jr. High and middle school classrooms, where they discuss with students the benefits of working hard in high school and continuing their educational training beyond graduation. This direct interaction helps students understand the importance of academic preparation. As successful role models, volunteers help students understand the relevance of taking the right courses now to help prepare for tomorrow. In many cases, these volunteers have the ability to reach students who have tuned out the advice of their teachers, counselors and parents. Learn more.