If you told me that I would be one my first year of joining robotics, I would not believe you. At all. Why? Because I dislike having a leadership role. But I’ve stepped up (only for robotics) because
- Robotics is my passion.
- I wanted to make things better and easier for freshman so they don’t have to waste 1 year of fun and experience to understand FRC.
- I was one of the very few who actually learned through the process of build season, competition, offseason, and other teams.
- Was very inspired by other teams mainly 148.
I’m 1 of 2 co captains of my team. I handle more of the mechanical stuff- designing, making sure people are working on stuff with right tools, etc. We put out meeting notifications. I also stay later to help with the mentors with parts that they wouldn’t trust students with or some part with a bit of refining that hasn’t been done.
My co-captain does the accounting stuff- BOM, CAW, anything else that’s a form. She also builds parts too.
We don’t do a voting poll for a captain as there isn’t a set guideline. Our school is heavily biased with class presidents already by people voting for their friends instead of those who actually do the work. People just come naturally and those who are willing to learn just step up naturally following suit of the previous seniors. My freshman year, there wasn’t much leading. I sometimes wouldn’t even get notified about meetings and had to find out about them through chat. We used to only have a set Facebook Group. This year, we added Google Classroom.
To your concern about “too much power,” I do not see where that could ever happen. Student Captains work closely with mentors so whatever the captains want to do still needs to get passed by the mentors. Of course, with a group chat the mentor isn’t part of, things can be said here and there and be misleading. If the captain says something that’s really off the hook, chances are it would probably get reported.
Edit: I forgot to mention that there also isn’t interviews or anything as we are a small team of 2 mentors for 15 years. We all know each other. New leaders don’t just pop up at grade 9. They learn, and boom.