Well, your media subteam sounds perfect for FRC’s new New Media Award:
Also, what do Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Pinterest, Flickr, and iPhones have in common? Each was invented after the Website Award – recognizing excellence in student designed, built, and managed team websites – was introduced by FRC. The ways to create and deliver content have grown exponentially over the last ten years, so it’s time to evolve the FRC Website Award. To continue to challenge FRC students, the Website Award has morphed into the New Media Award.
The FRC New Media Award will recognize a team’s creative use of digital media and devices to create and distribute content that is used to promote the team’s profile, achievements, and outreach, along with the FIRST mission. We are working feverishly to ready the New Media Award for the 2013 season. Continue to tune in to the FRC Blog – we’ll keep you posted as the New Media Award takes shape.
And, keep working on your team sites. Websites will still count toward the New Media Award as they are a part of digital media – even though now you have many additional ways to create and spread the word about FIRST and your team. In any case, I’m sure you aren’t working on your websites ‘just’ to win an award! Awards are a wonderful way to recognize a job well done, but if you think about it, letting people know about your team and getting people excited about science and technology is where the real value is.
(Taken from the August 28th, 2012 FRC Blog Post: http://www.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/frc/blog-08-28-12
Start thinking about ideas for that and what you can do for it. It’s never to early to start!
As for outreach, we try to participate and demo our robot at any community events we can. Most recently, the four towns that we are comprised of had their own town days/Octoberfests.
Also, what sponsors do you have? We are sponsored by BMW, and last week went to their North America headquarters (which is one of our four towns). Not only did we show off our 2012 robot to a large part of their staff, but they also showed us some of their new technology and cars (one car that I got to sit in had the price tag of $116,000 ;)). We also invite sponsors to come see our own facilities as well.
What team fundraisers do you do? Besides for making your team money, they are great for getting your presence out into the community. It is a little too cold now, but in the future, think about doing a car wash, food/clothes/etc. drive, etc. We also just held a FLL Qualifying Tournament at one of our high schools for 22 teams in the region.
I hope this helps, and if you have any more questions feel free to either reply or send me a PM.
FRC Team 1676, The Pascack Pi-oneers