Posted by Branden Gunn.
Other on team #246, formerly of team #23, and another FIRST-aholic, from John D. O’Byrant High School/Boston Latin Academy/Madison High School/Boston University Academy and Boston Edison/Boston University/Wentworth Institute of Technology/MassPEP.
Posted on 1/5/2000 12:49 PM MST
In Reply to: Re: New to Chiefdelphi posted by Mike King on 1/3/2000 7:10 PM MST:
: Our biggest problem is that we have too many kids who want to build the robot.
: Now we’ve all heard the adage, ‘Many hands make light work’ but we’ve also heard the adage ‘Too many cooks spoil the broth (soup)’
: We manage to fit as many people into the build room as it is pratical.
: I agree with Lora, Our team keeps strict attendance records, and we’ve never had a problem with who goes and who doesn’t. This is quite an acomplishment for a team that averages 60 members. We’ve even managed to take most of our team with us. (2 full bus loads, from near Boston, MA to Rutgers NJ.)
: In previous years, We use the points system we’ve developed (based on money raised, meeting’s attended, time that was logged, etc) to determine who goes down on the first bus on Thursday, and who goes on the second bus on Friday.
: Good luck,
: Mike King
If my team(23) ever followed the points system, I never would have gone to any of the events, I never did any fundraising, we had much better people for that than me, I spent all my time working on the 'bot, which our point system didn’t include. Hours in the shop don’t always mean work done, we had a few people that spent a pretty good deal of time around the shop, but got very little done in the way of actual productive work. My reccomendation is to have a small committe of students(5-6?) and maybe an adult or two(but not the team coach/leader) make a list of the most deserving people on the team to be submitted to the coach for a final decision. If a student can SHOW you what they’ve been doing, and it’s made an impact on the team, then those are the ones that should be rewarded with the experience of the trip, especially when the team budget is tight. If you want to take more students than the team can afford, offer partial funding for them.