Volunteering with Jenison Robotics

Jenison Robotics is a parent run non-profit program dedicated to motivating young people's interest in science and technology.

VEX Robotics is a low cost robotics platform to help prepare Jenison school students for the world of science and technology. Students develop technical expertise and skills to face life's upcoming problems. They discover they can achieve more than they had ever dreamed possible. We invite you to join us as a volunteer, spectator or parent.

Current Volunteer Opportunities

EDR League Night Helpers

We need help your help with our 5 Thursday league nights, in the Jenison High School Media Center

Help needed with:

  • Concessions
  • Queue crew
  • Drivers (1 time)

Jenison Robotics Volunteer Roles

The success of Jenison Robotics is made possible by enthusiastic and dedicated volunteers. All participating students are expected to have a family member volunteer at least 3 hours during each session. Extra fees will be levied to students that don't meet this requirement.


Every team needs a parent volunteer "coach". If we don't have enough volunteers to help coach, we will have to limit the number of students we can enroll. However, this is by far the most fun and rewarding role! The coach's job is to just encourage the students, and keep an eye on them. We can't stress one thing enough - No experience or technical knowledge is necessary! The coach is not supposed to build or program anything, just be there to support the students as they learn to build the robots, and make them work!

Event Volunteers

Every league and tournament competition requires volunteers to make it run smoothly. We need the parents to step up and help in the following roles at these events.

  • Table AttendantTable attendants work at the main information and registration table at the event. These volunteers are responsible for checking in teams and greeting guests as they arrive at the event.
  • Team QueuingThese volunteers are responsible for tracking down teams in the pit areas and making sure they get to the field on time for their upcoming match. A smooth queuing process is vital for an event to stay on schedule.
  • Field AssistantField assistants are responsible for resetting the field between matches, as well as assisting the Referee with routine field maintenance when necessary
  • Robot InspectorConduct inspections of robots to verify machines conform to specifications and requirements. All inspectors must read the inspection rules before the competition.
  • RefereeLike almost any other sport, the referees in VEX are responsible for ensuring that teams follow the game rules during the matches. At the end of each match, referees are also responsible for scoring the match, and assigning any necessary penalties. All referees need to review the game rules and referee guide before the competition.
  • JudgeThe panel of judges are responsible for observing and evaluating teams at the event. The panel uses the gathered information to determine which teams are deserving of additional awards at the competition. Judges need to review the judges handbook before the competition.
  • Event Set-Up & Tear DownWe need people that can come a little earlier to help set everything up. This includes setting up the field, moving tables and chairs, and setting up the team "pits". After the event is over, we need help packing up and putting everything away.
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Booster Club

Our program needs help with fundraising and special events. Without an active Booster Club helping find sponsors and organize fund raisers, the Jenison Robotics program would not exist.

  • Committee for Jenison Robotics Silent AuctionThis committee organizes and supervises the annual Jenison Robotics Silent Auction. This committee works with the fundraising and promotions directors.
    The largest challenge for this event is finding donations from companies for the auction. Any and all help is appreciated!
  • Feed The TeamsThis committee organizes and staffs the "concessions" at events, and organizes any feeding of the teams. This committee works alongside our Concessions director.
  • Find SponsorsWe could always use help finding more sponsors, either corporate or personal! Many companies have incentives for their employees to "donate time" or have non-profit sponsorship funds available.
    More information about sponsorship opportunities can be found here.
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