There are 4 ways to volunteer with Botball®:

1: Mentor a Team 

You can make an impact on a teenager’s future and help build the technology workforce by volunteering to be a Botball® mentor. Botball® is a technology education program that uses robot building and programming to engage students in learning the practical applications of science, technology, engineering and math.

In Botball®, middle school and high school students design, build, program and document their own autonomous robots to compete in a fast-paced regional tournament. Teams receive a customized robot kit including microprocessors, sensors, motors, LEGO® construction materials and software.

Make a difference in a young person's life!

As a mentor you can make a difference in a student’s life:
  • Build a student’s confidence in his or her own abilities to solve problems
  • Expand their knowledge in science, technology, engineering and math
  • Be a positive role model to middle and high school students of all backgrounds
  • Introduce students to careers in technical fields they may have never considered
  • Serve as a resource, sounding board, coach and cheerleader
  • Challenge students to learn new skills and concepts in an exciting environment
  • Help build the technology workforce in your area

Put your experience to work!

Botball® mentors come from a variety of professions - engineering, science, technology, computer programming. While students design, build, program and document the robot themselves, your expertise as a resource and trouble shooter is important to a team’s success.

Mentors provide coaching in areas such as:
  • Robot Design
  • Robot Construction
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Game Strategy
  • Computer Programming (C Language)
  • Research
  • Website Design
In this seven week program, the time commitment for mentors varies depending on the school. Many mentors schedule regular meeting times with their team. Typically, meetings are held once a week and other communication occurs via e-mail or phone. The number of hours you contribute depends on your schedule and the team’s skill level.

We do our best to match mentors and schools by area. Using zip codes, we work to pair you with a team near your home or place of business.

For more information or to become a mentor, contact Roger Clement at (405) 579 4609 or rclement@kipr.org.

2: Volunteer at Regional Events 

Botball® produces regional events across the United States and the world. Each region begins with a workshop and concludes with a tournament. We need volunteers to help facilitate the workshops and to help run the regional tournaments.

Regional Workshops

People with engineering or computer science experience are needed to assist at regional workshops. Experience with the Botball® program or the C++ programming language is helpful, but not necessary. Visit our workshop schedule page to find a regional workshop near you. Then complete the online volunteer form. Someone from the Botball® program will contact you with details. If you'd like more information about volunteering at a regional workshop, contact Roger Clement.

Regional Tournaments

No matter what your background or experience is, we can use your help at one of our regional tournaments. Get an up-close look at the students' creativity and ingenuity by being on the competition field as a judge or an on-deck manager. We have volunteer positions for people of all different backgrounds and experience! Interacting with excited and motivated students is an inspiring experience. Visit our tournament schedule page to find a regional tournament near you. Then complete the online volunteer form. Someone from the Botball® program will contact you with details. If you'd like more information about volunteering at a regional tournament, contact Roger Clement.

3: Help Organize a Regional Event 

KISS Institute for Practical Robotics is interested in expanding the Botball® program into new regions around the world. Botball® needs to keep growing in an effort to impact more students, teachers and communities. If you’re interested in visiting with someone about starting a regional event in your area or serving on a regional organizing committee, please contact Steve Goodgame.

4: Become a Botball® Instructor 

One goal of the Botball® Program is to provide the educational tools and training to support classroom instruction for the long term. We believe that educators are the key to achieving a long-term positive effect on the maximum number of students throughout the years.