Posted by Lora Knepper.
Student on team #69, HYPER (Helping Youth Pursue Engineering & Robotics), from Quincy Public Schools and The Gillette Company.
Posted on 5/10/2000 6:42 PM MST
In Reply to: What to do, What to Do… posted by Andrew Rudolph on 5/9/2000 5:29 PM MST:
Though I come from a team that basically dissapears after the National (save for a few post-season events), I understand what you are getting at. One of the best ways to inspire involvement is through any post-season events you may be able to attend. Try to get all current members of your team there, but also start recruiting NOW. If you get a few non-robotics students to go, you have made a great start.
I know that I wasn’t too sure about FIRST, where my time and energy was going, until well into my first year, and especially after that first regional. Once you get some students to a competition, I believe you can get some hooked into the FIRST way of life.
If you have trouble keeping current members, try getting an email list together and send out a newsletter every once in awhile. Giving links to sites such as the Chief Delphi Forums, and the Rambots Chat will allow them to talk to other FIRST members. I think we can all say that friendships on other teams adds a new dimension to the Competition.
How tight is your team? Are you friends while working on the bot, as well as those odd times you are not? Consider getting people together to do something non-FIRST related. The closer you are as friends, the more stable the base for a team. Go see a movie, or play frisbee in a nearby park. Just hang out, it can do wonders.
Another option, get a kit of Legos. They don’t have to be the fancy Mindstorms we all love, just whatever you have. Brainstorm the possibilities for next year’s game. Chances are you won’t come close to the real thing (FIRST continues to surprise us all!), but it keeps everyone’s mind on the competition at a smaller level.
Well, I think I’ve babbled long enough for one post but if you want to talk, IM me at Lora T69 or drop me an email. Good luck, we all expect to see you guys back next year!