Get involved!—Activity #3:

Sponsor, participate in or contribute to a robotics or STEM-related activity

Automation professionals who volunteer in STEM-focused programs by sharing their knowledge help students build confidence and know-how, and recognize their future potential in STEM learning and career paths. Participation by seasoned professionals also promotes valuable team-building skills and a goal-oriented work ethic, and provides a sounding board for assessing ideas and determining plans of action.

One of the most established and well-recognized STEM-focused programs in the world is the FIRST® Robotics Competition (FRC), in which teams of students (grades 9-12) build and program robots to perform prescribed tasks against a field of competitors. A wide range of volunteers are needed to make each year’s FRC events a reality. You could mentor an existing team, establish a new team or become a team or event sponsor or supplier.  In addition to FRC, which involves students from grades 9 through 12, there are other FIRST events that cater to lower grade levels (K-3; 4-8; and 7-12).

Other great volunteer opportunities in STEM programs are available through DiscoverE (formerly the National Engineers Week Foundation) and Project Lead The Way.

Here are some resources to get you started:

Contribute by participating in AF- and ISA-supported activities!

Click on each logo to learn more about how you can support the efforts of these outstanding organizations.

DiscoverEProject Lead the Way

ISA will increase understanding and awareness of automation across all age groups, resulting in enhanced proficiency of automation as a profession.

Get Involved or Share Your Experiences!

Would you or your ISA section like more ideas about how to get involved in STEM activities in your local community? Or, already have some to share? Tell us!

Are you interested in becoming an ISA mentor to students, military personnel transitioning to civilian careers or other adults interested in automation? Take the first step!


Automation Appreciation Month is brought to you by ISA and The Automation Federation

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