Mentor a team

Our Game Changer mentors are passionate experts and ambassadors sparking curiosity in young people to explore, challenge and grow.

Inspire a generation

Join the engine of FIRST® Tech Challenge and become a mentor in the ‘Game Changer’ squad. Welcoming all industry backgrounds and career levels, guide teams throughout their journey sharing knowledge and experience.

  • Prioritise and focuse efforts
  • Help to navigate learning resources
  • Encourage team building and foster relationships
  • Demystify careers and raise awareness of opportunities
  • Bring practical tools and industry experience into the classroom

Join the squad

“Connecting with young people at this age and point in their lives is really important; there was nothing like this when I was their age. I would have loved it – it’s great for them, they can understand what they want to be when they’re older.”

Matt, JCB mentor

Find your dream team

Over 100 teams are on board with more joining each week. Sign up as a mentor and browse our team finder to connect with your perfect match. Feeling nosey and want to know which teams are near you?

Preview the teams map

Venture with a team

The season kicks off on 17 September and wraps up at the national championship in March. Most teams meet after school, while others run sessions during class time. Support teams as they progress project milestones from team building to getting competition-ready.

Offer quality contact time

The programme is driven by young people. As a mentor, your role isn’t to hand-hold but to give quality contact time when it’s most valued. Decide with your team to support in-person, remotely, as a job share with another mentor, and how often — from regular check-ins to intensive sprint sessions.

Put down that robotics PHD…

We don’t expect robotics or programming whizzes! Encourage young people to ask the right questions and seek out answers as a rock star mentor. Last season, mentors came from fields as far as HR to the Automotive industry — what unites them is a passion for inspiring young people.

Join a global STEM movement

Pay it forward with the global FIRST network and national STEM community. We’re partnering with STEM Learning to support mentor onborarding and networking opportunities. Join your local STEM Ambassador Hub to access free Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks required when working regularly with young people.

Find your local hub

Build your own team

Create a team in your old school, kid’s school, or local youth group. Sign up as a mentor, recruit your team, and if they register with your name and promo code GAMECHANGER19, we’ll shave £75 off their £149 registration fee!

Join the squad now

  • We build More Than Robots

    We invest in the young people who will invent the future. We’re a tech charity using robots, role models and competitions to equip young people with the technical know-how and soft skills to thrive.