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Welcome to NEMO (Non-Engineering Mentor Organization)

We deal with all the stuff that isn't rocket science!

FIRST LogoNEMO (Non-Engineering Mentor Organization) is a support group and information exchange for those adult non-engineering mentors who help teams as part of the FIRST robotics programs.

The logo for NEMO is the feather, as taken from the magic feather in Disney's Dumbo. In the film, the feather helps Dumbo gain the confidence to take flight, much as a NEM is an integral part of allowing a team to get off the ground. The mentor is the main support, the "wind beneath the wings" for the team.

What's New

Conference Presentations now available: The following recent presentations have been posted to our Resources section.

  • Communities of Practice in FIRST: Ten years of lessons learned with the Baltimore Area Alliance - Jenny Beatty, presented at 2017 FIRST Robotics Conference, April 27, 2017, St. Louis, MO

  • Teambuilding: Build Your Team Before You Build Your Robot - Kathie Kentfield, presented at 2017 FIRST Robotics Conference, April 27, 2017, St. Louis, MO

  • Top 10 Things You Should be Doing Now to Position Your Team for Success in the Fall - Infographic and PowerPoint Presentation - Kathie Kentfield, presented at CAS/NE FIRST Connecticut State Championship, May 13, 2017, Guilford, CT

If you have given a conference presentation on a NEMO topic and wish to have it included on our website please let us know.

Upcoming NEMO Meetings
Check our calendar for details about several upcoming meetings. If you would like to attend or facilitate a NEMO meeting at an upcoming off-season event, please contact us!

We need photos!
We will be redesigning the NEMO website in the near future and are looking for photos of mentors to post on the pages. If you have a photo you'd like to share send it to: Kathie Kentfield. Make sure you have received permission from each of the mentors in the photo to share it with us before sending! And please include the mentors' names and team number.

Kathie's Homework

Resources - some new, some recently updated white papers

If you have any suggestions for future content, please contact us.

PLEASE NOTE: The resources contained within this website are a collaboration of the members of NEMO unless otherwise noted. In the spirit of Gracious Professionalism® and Coopertition® you may provide links to them or re-publish them as long as credit is given to NEMO and/or to the authors. We encourage sharing this information with other FIRST teams. You may NOT sell this information or charge for use of this information, nor make any profit from the use of this information, including use in conferences, presentations, workshops and the like, without prior written permission from NEMO and/or the authors of the information provided.


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