This is RAID’s 6th year as a team participating in FIRST® Robotics Competition (FRC). The team’s workload is broken down and separated into sub-teams led by the captains and advised by the mentors that specialize in those areas. Members may choose to join one or more of these sub-teams:
Build – Fabricates and assembles the mechanical aspects of the robot as well the useful field parts needed for practice.
Design – Works on the physical design of the entire robot. This sub-team sometimes breaks off and has multiple groups working on different aspects of the robot.
Programming & Electrical – Writes all code that controls the robot and operator interface. Also the electrical section of this sub-team designs and assembles the electrical layout of the robot.
Business & Media – Manages the team’s finances that enables the team to be operational. This includes fundraising, marketing, promotion, and other aspects not addressed by the other sub-teams.
During the actual competition, each member of the team serves a different role compared to the work they did during the actual competition. Do be successful and advance to new levels of competition, the team needs to cooperate and communicate with other teams because each match consists of two teams that are composed of three teams each. This cooperation role is mainly covered through the strategic plans that the Drive Team creates. A small portion of the team compose the Pit Crew, who work with the Drive Team to make sure that the robot is fully operational.
The Lead Scout along with the scouting team will talk with other robotics teams before the matches to ask question concerning their robots abilities. During the matches, they fill out a scoring sheet for each team and see if the team’s robot performance matches what the team shared about their robot’s capabilities. The team gets together with the information collected by the lead scout and decide which teams would be good partners with us. Then the finals begin…
The Safety Captain attends a safety meeting at the beginning of the competition where he/she will take a few notes concerning some basic pit and competition rules for the event. They will also preform first aid if needed by a team member.
The only part of the team that does not exactly change its roles is the Media Team. This portion of the team will video record and take pictures during the competition to use in later media projects.
In addition to all of this, any member of the team could be asked a question by judges who walk around the pits asking each team questions about their robot design, functions, business plans, and their safety measures.
To generate interest in becoming part of our team, RAID gets the word out to incoming freshman, along with their parents, by either hosting an event or being part of one that promotes the club. The reason that we want the parents of the new members to be involved is because the team may need another mentor for a sub- team or provide a variety of short term help to the team, which includes fundraising, food, transportation or shop supervision. Everyone has a job and a role to play during each season. No one is left behind.
Coaches and Mentors
Coaches and Mentors
Our mentors and coaches are a mixture of parents and working professionals from companies such as Boeing, Blue Origin and Aerogo. We continue to recruit and accept more mentors. Besides guiding our team in the overall design, build & programming our robot and managing our team, our mentors work with us to instill the ideals of FIRST, this includes the importance of STEM education and gracious professionalism. The companies our mentors work for also can provide matching funds for volunteer hours worked.