I was reading the other School/Team Relationships thread and it got me wondering about a few other things.
How much money do you receive from your school PTA, ASB, etc?
I think the max we have gotten from ASB per year is $2K if even that. We are also give the opportunity to work at the lunch carts (I’m not sure how much we make there).
Is robotics only a club or is it a class for credits at your school?
We have it technically as a 1 semester ROP class which earns us 5 credits for high school.
Who does all the PR work for your team (shirts, website, brochurs, fundraising, etc)?
We had some members of the team set aside for doing these things. They still worked on building and designing the robot though so not much PR work got done at all. Next year, it will be a whole separate teacher and class/club that will hopefully work much better.
Does your team work at school or a nearby college? (Where does the building take place and where are team meetings held?)
We have a small room inside another room dedicated to robotics. We rarely work in school hours but in off school hours we can use the large classroom as well. Just all of are stuff has to be kept in the small room inside the classroom. We also have a small shop room with a 6’ drill press, bench grinder, miter saw, combo belt/disc sander, and various other tools. We do all the machining at the local college
What is the general attitude of people in your school toward your robotics team? Do they think it is cool or nerdy?
Most people actually think it is pretty cool and want to do it but they don’t think they can handle the couple hundred or more hours we put into it.
On a more individual note, if your team group can’t decide on something or they are just sitting around lazy, do you try to get the group to work or do you just do things yourself?
I have found that groups can never decide or get anything done efficiently. I prefer to just take on the full job myself and it always works out nicely. Some groups or individuals just can’t take on the responsibility or by the time you are finished explaining, you could have done it yourself. I know teams swear by how strong their team is and I know it doesn’t do much for team building but I strongly prefer taking on the job myself. That way I know it will get done and get done right.
Last, who works with your team, Physics teachers, mechanical engineers, math teachers, art teachers, parents, etc?
My team works with a math teacher, an art teacher for PR stuff, and 5 JPL engineers working on the 2003 Mars launch and expedition.
That’s the scoop on my team, let’s hear about yours…