ORTOP Leaders’ Circle: Impact through
STEM + Core Values + Skill Development
The ORTOP Leaders’ Circle is a group of individuals committed to growing the number of young people in Oregon who enjoy science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and have the values and skills to make a positive difference in this world. FIRST programs differentiate themselves from other robotics programs through core values like Gracious Professionalism®. It’s a way of doing things that encourages high-quality work, emphasizes the value of others, and respects individuals and the community. Other core values include
- Discovery: We explore new skills and ideas.
- Innovation: We use creativity and persistence to solve problems.
- Impact: We apply what we learn to improve our world.
- Inclusion: We respect each other and embrace our differences.
- Teamwork: We are stronger when we work together.
- Fun: We enjoy and celebrate what we do!
The four FIRST programs give young people an opportunity to learn about STEM while developing core values and building soft skills that will set them up for a lifetime of success. Hard skills include developing a solution to a challenge on the challenge field and following that up with the design and building of the robot and its software to carry out that solution. Soft skills include working collaboratively and communicating effectively through plans, reports and presentations. The soft skills that the participants learn in these programs will serve them well no matter what path they take through high school and on to college.
Each ORTOP Leaders’ Circle candidate must meet the following criteria:
- endorsement by the ORTOP Leaders’ Circle Selection Committee.
- personal pledge or corporate sponsorship of $1,000 or more.
- participation in one meeting a year where members of the Leaders’ Circle are asked to provide ORTOP guidance on issues relating to its mission: To open doors to the worlds of science, technology, engineering and mathematics for Oregon’s youth by providing educational opportunities featuring robotics with special emphasis on maximizing the diversity of those participating.
Leaders’ Circle Process
The Leaders’ Circle was launched in the Summer of 2019 to recruit the first Leaders’ Circle for 2020. A new cohort will be inducted each year. To qualify for the annual Leaders’ Circle cohort, the following is the process from nomination to 2020 Cohort Honoree participation:
- Nominations are accepted online and reviewed by the Selection Committee.
- Qualified candidates are interviewed.
- Those that are successfully interviewed are asked to join the next cohort.
- Invited candidates return written acceptance to join the cohort and meet the criteria.
- In the spring, members of the Leaders’ Circle meet to give ORTOP strategic input on achieving its mission.
Benefits of Joining Leaders’ Circle
- Opportunity to inspire the next generation. We will provide you opportunities to speak to or meet with young people to share your experience and insights.
- Opportunity to provide input into implementing ORTOP’s mission. We will hold an annual meeting of the Leaders’ Circle where we asked members to provide ORTOP guidance on issues relating to its mission.
- Opportunity to help in other ways. ORTOP has a variety of committees and events that would benefit from the help of members of the Leaders’ Circle.
How you can help
Consider nominating your favorite leader or yourself today! Simply complete the ORTOP Leaders’ Circle online Nomination Form . Nominators will receive notifications of their nominee’s status.
Sponsor a member of the Leaders’ Circle. If you would like to nominate someone who is committed to supporting ORTOP’s mission but may not be able to give $1,000 gift, you or your company can sponsor the nominee and make the contribution criteria on their behalf.
Please email the ORTOP staff with any questions you have.
Sarah Tenney, Director Development and Communications, email@example.com