I have some questions about how your schools support your teams.
As some background, my team, 2022, has been having issues with our school’s willingness to help our team. Our school is a selective enrollment public boarding school, (Illinois Math and Science Academy). One would think that we would have a well supported robotics program, but that isn’t the case at all.
From trying to shut us down, to not providing any staff members for leadership, to ridiculous rules for ordering parts, we have had many challenges in recent years. In addition, we have no contact with any team members or mentors from before 2017, and as such, much of our team history is lost. As an example, we have a swerve drive on a shelf in our lab, yet we don’t have the cad, or know who made it, we only know it was a 2014 off season project.
The only thing that our school supplies for us is a lab, and even then, things have been iffy with that space. We had a closet/small room that we stored our business stuff in, and we were given a week’s notice to vacate it. (keep in mind this space is in our lab). It was given to a computing club on campus (which we are happy about as they needed the space more than us), but with such short notice, most of the stuff from there is still disorganized and scattered.
The worst thing though is that most of the admin is not aware that our school even has a robotics team, and since our only adult representatives are parent volunteers, voicing concerns is impossible.
We pride ourselves on our student leadership, but with a new challenge at every turn, guiding the team through the season is practically impossible.
How much space does your team get?
Do you have faculty members mentoring and coaching your team?
Does your school provide transportation to competition?