Getting Involved

New Members

New and potential members, for more information check out our New Members page.  For steps on how to join the team, check out How to Join the Robotics Team.

During the Build Season

(January to April)

  • Wednesday: 7:15pm to 9:15pm
  • Thursdays: Leadership Meeting from 7:30pm to 9:00pm
  • Friday: 2:15pm to at least 9:00pm
  • Saturday: Noon to 9:00PM (and often later)
  • Sunday: Noon to 6 PM

Team 971 meets in room 521.

Specifics are available on our calendar and announced on the elist.


The team meets in room 521 every Wednesday from 7:15pm until 9:15pm. You are welcome to come and join at any time to learn about robotics and become actively involved for the build season.

Additional meetings are announced through our elist.

Helping Out

If you are looking to volunteer at the competition or with the FIRST organization, look here.

Or you could volunteer to help a local team, as chances are they are always looking for more help, anything from supervision to technical expertise. Teams are always looking for people to advise them with how to build the robot to simply supervision while they are working.

Team 971 is always looking for any parent or adult volunteers who are willing to spend their time to assist us with our robot design, building, programming etc., or to supervise us during our intense 6-week build season where we work very hard to get our robot ready for the competition.

Adult Supervision

In order to maintain a high level of safety in our lab, we require that there should be an adult supervisor at every meeting who is dedicated to watching to make sure that students are observing safety rules and that tools are being used safely.  Power tools should never be used alone and without an approved adult supervisor in the room.  Often at meetings there are many other mentors in attendance but they are often focused on working with students and not on overall safety at the meeting.  The responsible adult is focused on general safety.  A list of responsibilities and guidelines for the Adult Supervisor can be found here.

There is no skill requirement for the adult supervisor except for a basic introduction to what to do in an emergency (where the power switches are) and familiarity with the supervision guidelines.  Adult supervisors are required to become fingerprinted adults with the MVLA school district.


We are currently required to have all adult volunteers fingerprinted by our school district before they are allowed to help out.  If you're interested in helping us out, we have assembled comprehensive instructions on how to be fingerprinted.

Volunteer Driver

In order to drive any student, other than your own child, to a robotics event you have to be an approved driver.  The good news is that once you are approved, you can drive students to and from any school event.  Here are directions for completing the Volunteer Driver Application Process.


Did you buy something for the team that was an approved expense?  We're happy to work with you to reimburse you for pre-approved team-related expenses involved with helping out.  We've put together a handy instruction page that describes the process of filling out a reimbursement form so that we can pay you back.