3 Simple Ways to Recruit Students For FIRST Robotics
As the month of November is slowly coming to an end, it's time to start preparing for the FIRST Robotics competition. Sometimes this might mean recruiting new students for your team if you haven't already done that.
Below are three simple yet effective ways you can recruit new students for your FIRST Robotics team:
1. Social Media
Social media is a great way to find new perspective students quickly. At times, though, it can be very ineffective. So how might you use it in a way that is effective? Here are some rules:
- Keep the message short and sweet
- Have students, team leaders, mentors, and parents share the post
- Once someone shows interest in the post (i.e. likes it or comments on it) make sure you personal message them or call them so you can connect on a personal level to explain the benefits of joining
Here is an example of what a post might look like from FRC Team 5481, V.E.R.N.
2. Create a Robot Driving Contest
Something cool that your team can do is hold an event in which people can drive the robot in a contest. You can create simple tasks that the robot had to do. It might be most effective if you advertise it is open to the public and that there will be games, food, and entertainment of some short. A good place to host the event would be at a church, a school, or a large gym or facility.
Yes this idea might take a little bit of $$$, but I think it will benefit your team greatly, if it is done right. To save some money, use the resources that your team already has. Try thinking creatively with your team and find out who can provide certain services for free.
The main goal is really to get the public involved somehow and food, games, and competition are perfect for that.
3. Make A Killer Promo Video
Finally, another simple thing you can do is make a promo video of your team. In the video, you can highlight some major components of FIRST: the competition, the benefits, and thrill, the friendship etc. Take time to ask your self, "why did I join?" You personally might have been drawn in by the competition side, or by knowing how much you would learn and all the great people you would meet.
Keep the video short and energetic! The goal is to get prospect students excited about what FIRST is and how it might benefit them. Make it fun!