Has anyone here dealt with “absolutely NO storage at build site” before? How did/do you handle it?
I’ve help start a number of teams over a couple of decades, but this problem is a first for me…
The team is from a “virtual high school”, housed within a Community College’s campus. They have NO permanent physical presence (ie even a school building), other than a “HS office” in a college building. Students come from all over the county and this part of the state to attend here, so they are scattered to the winds every night.
Students use shared college building classrooms for meetings (just like any other college), roaming from college building to building during the day, and use the college’s machine shop building for their bot build. There is NO permanent storage at the shop (other than a FEW tiny individual “student project lockers”, reserved for shop class students, and reassigned each term), nor a even a permanent “FIRST Closet” to hold the “stuff” your typical team accumulates over time (kits, tool boxes, raw materials, old bots, trophies, etc…).
This means they have no “FIRST Team Room”, “FIRST Closet”, “Hall Trophy Case” or ANY other permanent storage (or presence) anywhere at the school.
We’re currently hauling stuff back and forth, and leaning on a teacher’s own office for a few items. But this is insane, and NOT scale-able … After only two seasons, just the kits and parts inventory is starting to add up.
We looked at Trailers as one option, but there are challenge there too.
The team’s in SE Michigan (“cold country” with lots of swinging temps, sub-freezing temps during the build etc) so it makes buying and using a Team Trailer to “hold all their stuff” problematic. We don’t have anyone to haul a big trailer daily, and we don’t dare keep a trailer on open public college campus grounds without loss/theft risk (which often happens to unsecured locations).
In addition, we’re concerned that keeping all of the materials in an unconditioned trailer space in Michigan means the seasonal temp swings might be a problem for batteries, plastics, etc in the long run. (It also means grabbing frozen metal in winter from the trailer during the build.)
No “club” at the school gets an office or a closet. Even the HS itself has only a tiny office set, in the college’s administration complex.
So… How do other “virtual schools” handle the TOTAL lack of even a basic FIRST Closet at their location?? Suggestions?