Steering Committee 2011-05-06
Mentors Meeting 6-May-2011
B. Kellom, R. Wall, J. Kulik, R. Kulik, J. Christopher, J. Morganto, M. Rizzo, G. Deaver, J. Weissman, S. Weissman, S. Maley, C. McKown
Off-season competition plans:
- This provides our best opportunity to train a new drive team
- Also to get autonomous working
- PARC – Tunkhannock – 4-June – SAT’s day & no Christopher
- (BR) – Bridgewater – 11-June
- IRI – Indianapolis – 22 & 23 July
- Duel on the Delaware – 22-October
- Ramp Riot – November
- Sign up if we have student commitment
- We should investigate the 5th Gear drive simulation (Christopher & Maley) – but there is no pivot simulation
- We had students who had no interest in building robots.
- General lack of motivation and investment – reluctance to step-up – reluctance to question mentors
- None of the students were leaders. Includes Captains.
- We still lack a second potential co-captain for next year.
- Suggested we use and enforce the Scrum methodology. (Deaver)
- Generate the plan the night before.
- The lack of predictability in attendance interfered with team cohesion. Very visible in the minibot effort. No-one knew who (both mentor & student) would attend on any given evening/day. Students who worked with one mentor one day would show up and find that this mentor was not in (and vice versa).
- Unpredictable arrival and departure times of students and mentors confounded attempts to hold integration meetings (can’t successfully run Scrum under these conditions) (C. McKown)
- Suggested to move to a culture more like Miss Daisy’s, where students sign up and commit to being present at specific times on specific days. (C. McKown)
- In the original team, Students were hand-picked by Paul Sabatino. We no longer have this filter and really have no access to teachers for recruiting students.
- We need some rules (with consequences)
- Behavior in the shop is a problem. A specific student cited. If effectively directed, this student is very productive. Otherwise, this same student is disruptive and prevents others from working effectively (Kellom).
- A written and signed code-of-conduct was suggested (Weissman)
- There needs to be an expectation that students will learn & work; less social club; less video gaming; less hiding in the kitchen.
- Need job descriptions and guidelines for student leaders (C. McKown & Maley)
- Some aspects of team cohesion and leadership started to appear after Philadelphia.
- Nice team shirts and drive team hats suggested for improving cohesion.
- Programming & Test Board
- Design Classes
- 3DS Max
- Video team
- CCIU – Clem (7-June)
- Lockheed – Morganto
- Boeing – Kulik (post-501c3)
- Champ sponsor list – Kulik
How can we increase exposure of students to other aspects of the robot?
Can we have a checklist for other areas?
How do we get more kids?
- Student-driven recruiting
- Demos to Boy/Girl Scouts
- Demos at schools
- A more professional shirt
- Demos at Summer events
- Back-to-school nights
- Lot of the kids find the website confusing.
- With VEX having its own website (and not kept current on the old site) convert site to FRC-only (Team 1640) with links to other DAR sites
- Need to link the Facebook team and YouTube page.
- Maybe the Facebook page can take on some of the social role (allowing more work during meetings)
Sponsors & Fundraising
- Finance Report
- No matter where we present, we need to point out that we offer CAD & 3ds-Max and Photoshop & media.
- We need a booklet sort of thing for potential sponsors. See the 1511 Sponsor book for reference.
- Rizzo needs video-editing software.