Subgroups

Fundraising

  • Local Sponsors
    1. Seek new local sponsors: money, food, parts, supplies
    2. Revisit current local sponsors
  • Scrip cards
  • Restaurant fundraisers
  • Can and bottle returns
  • FIRST light bulbs
  • Test drive fundraiser
  • Brainstorm new fundraisers
  • Help with business plan
  • Help with Team Budget

Sponsor Acquisition

  • Corporate Sponsors
  • Seek new corporate sponsors
  • Give corporate sponsor logos to:
    1. Build; for use in pit and on robot
    2. Website leader
    3. Team spirit
  • Help with business plan
  • Help with Team Budget

Purchasing

  • Create Purchasing Order Form
  • Purchase Supplies
  • Document Purchases and Shipments
  • Work with Sponsorship/Fundraising-Track Money Flow
  • Help with business plan
  • Help with Team Budget

Sponsor Relations

  • Communicate with sponsors on a regular basis
  • Letters to current sponsors
    1. Ask and thank for continued sponsorship
    2. Invite to current events and treat them as VIPs
    3. End of year wrap up letter
  • Sponsor gifts
  • Keep sponsors updated on competitions
  • Documentation

    • Lunch list, reminders
    • Update team handbook, Team membership policies and Varsity letter requirements
    • President’s award credit logging
    • BOK
      • Verify that all team leaders are updating BOK
      • Create a standardized BOK form/labeling system
    • Event documentation
      • Record alliance partners
      • Get list of peer awards recipients from awards leader
    • Judge’s packets or Judge’s information board with extra sheets
    • Pit flyers
      • Technical: developed by technical leaders
      • Non-technical: documentation leader
    • Season activities summary
    • Business plan
    • Alumni database
    • History of team
      • Newspaper articles
      • Season documentation
      • Team demographics
      • Team roster
      • Team emails

    Public Relations/Guest Speaker Series

    • Press Releases
    • Maintain relations with universities and companies whom we collaborate with
    • Guest Speaker Series
      1. Seek out guest speakers
      2. Set up time and place
      3. Advertise speaker series

    Team Building

    • Create events to encourage inter-team relationships
    • Work with FRC Outreach to orginise events with other teams
    • Survey Team members
    • Help resolve student to student conflicts
    • Help organize team parties

    Media

    • Update team member composite
    • Create Promo Video
    • Develop a photography system at each event and meeting (all pictures on B.O.K)
    • Create Recap Video with pictures/music for the end of the year party
    • Organize and document all newspaper articles on the teams
    • Senior Yearbooks
      • Acquire senior pictures and graduation information
      • Make 1-3 pages documenting each event (awards/honors)
      • Laminate and piece together each copy before deadline

    Branding

    • Team buttons
      • Take submissions for current year’s team button
      • Hold team vote for new button
      • Coordinate with NHS relations leader to distribute buttons to NHS staff
    • Team attire
      • Design shirts, mentor shirts, jackets, headbands, sweatpants, and hats
      • Coordinate, collect payments, and distribute team orders
      • New vendor search, if needed
      • Give team option to research other spirit wear
    • Sell team magnets and backpacks to team and at open house
    • Ensure Brand Continuity

    Social Networking

    • Updates to Facebook, Twitter, Website, Instagram, Snapchat, and other social media
    • Organize pictures on Facebook, Flickr and BOK
    • Distribute pictures to others as needed.
    • Bulletin board in Ms. Fisette’s room

    Website

    • Update website weekly throughout build season and as needed in off season.
    • Change certain images of the website to be season/game appropriate
    • Maintain weekly build & team updates
    • Maintain monthly calendar for team and for fans
    • Update Sponsor List
    • Update Media Gallery
    • Use Ruby on Rails to maintain attendance and outreach website

    Team Spirit

    • Manage team spirit gear throughout the season and at competitions
    • Lead cheers
    • Assign students to wear mascot costume
    • Organize team parties throughout the year
    • Peer Awards
    • Robostang of the month
      • Come up with a unique peer award for current year
      • Distribute at competitions
      • Coordinate with media to have pictures taken
      • Keep record of all recipients (no repeats)
      • Host meeting at end of day one to make award recipients decisions
      • Recommend nominees for steering committee approval
      • Purchase gift (stay consistent)
      • Make certificate (get signed by captains and teacher mentor)
      • Present award at team meeting
      • Update the cupboard with new recipients
    • Make a list of paper plate awards & delegate assistance in creation of awards
    • Woodie Flowers
      • Acquire detail on nominee
      • Make a group decision with yourself and the steering committee about the nominee
      • Be sure to observe and obey deadlines
      • Write/revise your essay to meet GM mentor of the year award guidelines
    • Dean's List
      • Approach mentors for nominee
      • Refer to Woodie Flowers for procedure.

    Chairman's

    • Chairman's Video
      • Student interviews with different categories
      • Pictures from all outreach events
      • Develop video to meet all criteria
      • Obey and observe deadlines
    • Chairman's Speeches
    • Chairman’s Binder

    Jr.FLL

    • Organize Jr.FLL Team-Registration, Paperwork, Division of Teams
    • Reserve Meeting Space
    • Assign Mentors for all Jr.FLL Teams
    • Manage budget and order supplies for teams (kits, poster boards, medals)
    • Facilitate communications between teams and mentors.
    • Plan and Organize Jr.FLL Expo

    FLL

    • Organize FLL Team-Registration, Paperwork, Division of Teams
    • Reserve Meeting Space
    • Assign Mentors for all FLL Teams
    • Rent EV3 kits to Team and any other items
    • Manage budget and order supplies for teams (kits, poster boards, medals)
    • Facilitate communications between teams and mentors.

    FTC

    • Organize FTC Team-Registration, Paperwork, Division of Teams
    • Reserve Meeting Space
    • Assign Mentors for all FTC Teams
    • Manage budget and order supplies for teams (kits, poster boards, medals)
    • Facilitate communications between teams and mentors.

    FRC Outreach

    • Run a community outreach event at kickoff
    • Assist local rookie teams and Maintain FIRST Aid
    • Organize a collaborative meeting with another Michigan team
    • Develop FIRST in Michigan contact list
    • Develop a relationship with at least one Boys and Girls Club Team

    Community Outreach

    • Organize open house, ensure that each subgroup has a table
    • Coordinate and run a booth for the Victorian Festival
    • Make a float and participate in the Holiday Parade
    • Help with the annual Novi Triathlon
    • Organize a presentation group for events
    • Create announcements to be put on the Northville News Network
    • Send out listservs to tell people in the community about events we’re hosting
    • Decorate showcases in Applied Tech Wing
    • Organize presentations for NPS School Board and NHS PTSA
    • Robot demonstration for the high school during Pep Rally’s.

    CAD

    • Create a hardware and software deployment plan
    • Develop a daily data backup plan
    • Define data structure for assembly
    • Provide detailed designs to drive train, game specific and end game
    • Format data for part fabrication
    • Support build on site as required
    • Define level of CAD execution pre-season (i.e. award)
    • Prepare presentation data
    • Create a cube package design for build team
    • Archive CADs on BOK

    Drive Train

    • Inventory and maintain all components
    • Read, know and abide by all FIRST regulations specific to your area of build
    • Design, build and test a drive train chosen for the current FIRST game
    • Make sure robot is in working order for all off season events
    • Make sure that all of the materials and tools pertaining to your area are ready and packed in the trailer for competitions
    • Assist in the pit at competitions when needed

    Game Specific

    • Inventory and maintain all components
    • Read, know and abide by all FIRST regulations specific to your area of build
    • Design, build and test systems to manipulate the game pieces and/or field elements for the current FIRST game
    • Create and apply team identification and sponsor logo decals, abiding by all FIRST specifications
    • Make sure robot is in working order for all off-season events
    • Make sure that all of the materials and tools pertaining to your area are ready and packed in the trailer for competitions
    • Assist in the pit at competitions when needed

    Electrical

    • Inventory and maintain all critical electrical components
    • Read, know and abide by all FIRST regulations specific to your area of build
    • Design electrical board and wire map for each year’s robot
    • Choose and install all necessary sensors
    • Work with other design and development subgroups to create a cohesive and functional system
    • Manage charging and inventory of all batteries and chargers
    • Make sure robot is in working order for all off-season events
    • Make sure that all of the materials and tools pertaining to your area are ready and packed in the trailer for competitions
    • Assist in the pit at competitions when needed

    Shop Management (Machining)

    • Manage charging and inventory of all batteries and chargers
    • Make sure robot is in working order for all off-season events
    • Make sure that all of the materials and tools pertaining to your area are ready and packed in the trailer for competitions
    • Assist in the pit at competitions when needed
    • Machining parts for the robot
    • Work with the router (CNC)

    Competition Strategy

    • Analyze game and possible strategies
    • Recommend a plan of action to design the robot
    • Ensure robot’s design fits game objectives
    • Become an expert on game rules
    • Lead strategy discussion at competitions

    Scouting

    • Create a scouting plan including data sheet and method
    • Organize scouts for events
    • Collect scouting data and deliver to drive team
    • Pre-scout for pictures and info

    Playing Field

    • Find other teams to share a field
    • Define location for playing field
    • Interpret rules for field
    • Gather material to build field and game specific elements
    • Develop timeline to build field
    • Build field

    Pit & Safety

    • Inventory and help pack all pit items for competitions
    • Set up pit at competitions with build team
    • Designate and train Safety Captain
    • Create and execute safety training plan
    • Support with judge communication

    Code Development

    • Prepare modular programs on target software
    • Develop and test reliable drive and autonomous code
    • Create flow charts and posters to demonstrate code to judges
    • Work with drive team to setup controls and parameters
    • Work with electrical and build to define controls logic
    • Testing and validation

    Test/QA

    • Design, create and maintain a testing framework for FRC code.
    • Test features from Code Development’s Code

    Research

    • Prepare new programmers
    • Manage and develop code projects
    • Develop software for other areas of the team: scouting, attendance, outreach, etc.