We have a larger team, which in my opinion could be good or bad. In our case, this isn’t a good thing right now. Our team right now has about 50 people. You would think that being in the -->Robotics<-- club you would be interested in building, or wanting to learn about the robot. This just isn’t the case anymore. I just don’t see the logic in having over 40 people making buttons, banners, flags, and posters while we have less than 10 people doing the building. This can’t happen anymore. Don’t think we just let this happen. We’re holding building seminars for when the seniors (the ones who basically built the robot this year) graduate. People on our team are making the spirit award a priority. People would rather dress up ridiculously, hold up signs, and cheer for our team while we aren’t even on yet. They’d rather do this than what they’re supposed to do. People who are in the stands (except for a select few who have different jobs that aren’t required of them just yet) are supposed to scout the teams. Do you think this gets done? Yes, we force them to scout, but are they interested? No.
When we have a sheet lined up with Autonomous, which rack they scored on, if they have a minibot or not, and other comments, which are all made in a chart, it will be filled with all zeros. When we are at competitions and we want to see which team to talk to, how are we supposed to know whos good and who isnt when these boxes are all zero? Other comments-zero? No. This can’t work anymore. People show up to the meetings, then go home. They’d rather show up and socialize with their friends that do something. Having an art department in this club isn’t a bad thing, but it shouldn’t be the majority of the club, because its the robotics club, not the art club. This club was more upset that we lost the spirit award then when we were eliminated out of the quarter finals in our last competition.
Sure, we’ve tried to change the direction of the club. What do you think happens? They think we’re jerks. They don’t listen to us. They’d rather sit in the stands and draw pretty pictures of our mascot on posters. Why are you in this club if you aren’t interested? Why are there 30 people making buttons and posters, when you can go to the building seminar and learn? Why are they more interested in these things? We feel like broken records, and it just makes us more unpopular in the club. People are running for club president next year because it looks good on college applications. People who want the spirit award than first place. When I heard “Well, at least we won the spirit award at the first competition” I wanted to scream at all of them. What I wanted to say was “Well maybe if you did your job (scouting), we could of had a better chance”.
The alumni come back 1,2, even 3 years later to do the majority of the building. When one of these spirit people becomes president, the build culture would disappear. We’ve been preaching to them, and they don’t listen. At this rate, the club isn’t going to be building a decent robot for a really long time. I’m sorry. Painting Pictures doesn’t build a robot.
What they need to realize is that winning the spirit award doesn’t get you first place. Winning the spirit award doesnt get you the chairmans award. And the most important part, it doesnt get you a spot into the nationals either. They don’t want to listen though.
Can anyone give any advise as to what we should do? We’ve tried everything we could think of, and this art culture is just not changing…
If we can’t change the culture of our club now, This club is going to go down hill very fast. We need help. Can anyone please give us some advise? Our club is filling with friends, friends of friends etc. who aren’t interested in building and we’ve run out of ideas…