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Welcome to the Columbia Basin Section of ASME. The Columbia Basin Section covers 6 counties in Washington State (Kittitas, Yakima, Klickitat, Benton, Franklin, and Walla Walla). Check back for...
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  • FIRST Lego League Volunteers Needed

    Volunteers are needed for local FIRST LEGO League events. This year we are once again hosting two FLL tournaments in the Tri-Cities.  The first will be Dec. 2 at Chief Joseph Middle School in Richland and the second will be Dec. 9th at Ochoa Middle School in Pasco.  Currently we have about 10 of the 80 volunteer positions filled.  That clearly is not enough support.   With the tournaments, just around the corner I’d sincerely appreciate it if you could spend a Saturday with our local youth.

    The key volunteer positions require a full-day commitment (7:30-4:30). Other volunteer positions exist for full-day and half-day roles.  Volunteers will be provided lunch and a tournament t-shirt.
    The process of volunteering includes the following:
    • Create an account in the FIRST Volunteer Information Management System (VIMS, )
    • Select an Event and apply for at least one role.
      • To find our local tournament, go to the “Volunteer Registration” tab and click on the “Event Volunteering” button.  You can then select FLL and December to find our local FLL tournaments on Dec. 2 and 9th.
    • All volunteers will be screened according to the FIRST Youth Protection Policy.  Once the screening is complete, it will be good for 3 years.  Returning volunteers will simply need to accept this year’s Consent and Release form and select events in your area.
    • Once you’ve selected one of our tournaments and passed the background check, we will be able to assign you a volunteer role for the tournament.
    Descriptions of the volunteer roles are provided on the volunteer registration site. You do not need to be a robotics expert to be a judge or volunteer.  The most critical volunteer trait is a strong desire to help the FLL teams have fun—we can and will train for the rest.  If you’re not sure what to sign up for, please feel free to email me at
    Thank you for your support,

    Kelly Mears