First of all, i’m sorry that your team has to go through all this. My team has been there before and we sure understand how stressful the situation can be.
We were asked to leave our shop at school last year because they wanted to have wood shop to make frames for photography class :rolleyes: the school promised to find us a place, but moths passed and kick off was just around the corner. At the time we didn’t know who would be our school advisor, because the only one we had the year before said she couldn’t commit to so many hours anymore.
So we decided to become a 4H team Now we are part of a community program and we are still tied to our school, but because we are a 4H team we can now have students from other High schools. Currently we have students from 9 different schools and home schools. We can also meet at a different location than at school without a teacher or district member having to be present, which has been amazing! because sometimes…specially during the last days of build season, we need to keep working on the robot for a couple of extra hours and now we don’t have to make a teacher stay with us 'til we are done.
Our team found a working place just a week before kick off this year. The Masons let us use the basement of the Delta masoninic Hall and it works just great for us. It’s about a 15 minute drive from our school, but we carpool with our mentors from school to our shop and then back home whenever we meet.
Our coach and our mentors are professional people that work as engineers, accountants, electricians at places like Boeing, Visa, Esterline, Amazon. They believe in our team and in FIRST and are as passionate about it as we are. We are really trying to make our school get more involve with the team. Currently we only have 1 person at school as our advisor (she lets us know about club days and school activities we can participate in) and we also have a study lab teacher that let us stay in her room after school working on homework when we need it.
Our principal came with us to st. louis this year and was amazed at what he saw over there. This Friday we will be part of an assembly for the 1st time this year.
I would suggest finding your local 4H progarm and getting involve with it. It will help you guys grow more as a team. Don’t give up on your school. Find different ways to get the principal’s attention. I strongly believe that the challenges we’ve gone through have made us stronger not just as a team, but as a family.
Remember NETWORKING is the key. Make as many connections as you can. The summer is coming up and that’s a great opportunity to volunteer and do fundrasing activities. Let your community know that you are there. I CHALLENGE you to make people want to help your team succeed. If you need any help with ideas just asked we’ll be here to help with anything we can.