Sub Team Leads for the 2016-2017 Season

The team has made a changes to our leadership structure in the last few weeks.  We have rethought how we are going to organize our fabrication team, pulling away from designated sections to teams that can be more easily moved around.  We have also selected several of our sub team leads.

Lead Sub Lead Protege
Fundraising & Media Sub Team Claire Cameron  Vacant
Awards & Documentation Sub Team Grace  Vacant  Vacant
Integration Sub Team Joey  Vacant  Vacant
Fab Team 1 Theo  Vacant  Vacant
Fab Team 2 Jonah  Vacant  Vacant
Fab Team 3  Vacant  Vacant  Vacant
Controls & Electrical Sub Team Micaela Lauren  Vacant
Software Sub Team Ari Rory  Vacant

 

Team 1389 Leadership for the 2016 – 17 Season Has Been Selected

This year we are excited to announce the Leadership team team that will take the helm of The Body Electric FRC team.  These 4 students and 3 mentors have a combined robot building experience of 13+ and 19+ years respectively. Please join us in congratulating them on earning this position.

  • Students
    • Grace
    • Joey
    • Ari
    • Micaela
  • Mentors
    • JJ Biel-Goebel
    • Farish Perlman
    • Dan Chen

 

The leadership team will be meeting for the first time this week to work on the following

  • Leadership Roles and Responsibilities
  • Communication medium and consistency
  • Quorum and Decision making
  • Sub team leads

We are still looking to fill all of the Sub Lead roles.  So please, if you are interested in taking on any of the above sub lead positions please fill in this form today https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd4COdtPY9TNGsoRDDYTh45xmsxEhMEmteotJSdgxnZMZUFEQ/viewform

 

Reminder

Have you signed up for off seasons? If you are planning on attending, please fill in this survey https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdSCPoX8U0N572c7dUnkYGVMbDs1CmtGU722KN_uoU0fL6xSQ/viewform

PAPERWORK IS DUE TODAY!!!

Have you turned it in?

Have you signed up for leadership?

Have you signed up for off seasons?

Paperwork is due this week

Paper work

Paperwork is due Friday September 9th for returning students and students who want to attend the Battle O’Baltimore in two weekends.

Paper work is due Friday October 2nd for all remaining students.

If you have issues with getting your paperwork in please send a message to admin@team1389.com

Want to learn more about what we are going to be doing this season, check out this video

RoboLeague from Digital Kitchen on Vimeo.

 

If you are interested in taking on any leadership positions please fill in this form before the 9th https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd4COdtPY9TNGsoRDDYTh45xmsxEhMEmteotJSdgxnZMZUFEQ/viewform

The Calendar is Updated

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We have created a team calendar that has all of the team meetings, competitions and other events. We will be adding the volunteer assignments, locations, and event details to the calendar over the next week so that all of our team mates will only have one place to go for information.

http://team1389.com/parents/calendar/

 

Other parts of our website are currently being updated and will be a good source of information for the whole 1389 family.

 

Have you filled in your paper work yet???

New Way to Manage Work this Year

This year we are going to try using a kanban board to manage all of the tasks.  We are going to combine this with a color coded postit for each sub team.

You can learn more about Kanban here

We are going to practice using the kanban this fall as we get ready for the season.  The hope is that we figure out our own flavor of kanban so that every student who walks in the lab knows what they can work on and who they can talk to if they have questions about the tasks.

 

Have you filled in your paper work yet???

Welcome back Robotics Families!

I hope that everyone had a wonderful summer and I cannot believe that the
start of school is only days away..

Robotics is going to get started and there are many events that the team
has coming up, before build season begins.

There will be more information to come, but for now, please find the
attached paperwork that must be completed before any student can
participate with the team (this includes working in the lab or being able
to attend events).

The attachments include;

welcome letter
member sign-up form
student/parent contract
medical liability waiver
emergency medical card
checklist

All forms must be returned *no later* than Friday, September 9th (details
are in the attached welcome letter).

If you have any questions, please let me know.

There will be another email forthcoming with opportunities for
volunteering!

We look forward to a great year!

Best!

Farish Perlman
Team 1389
Team Coordinator

Time to Register for Robotics

Are you going to be on the Walt Whitman Robotics team starting Fall 2016?  If you are, please start your registration now.   To register, go to www.firstinspires.org and log in or register a new account and then sign up for FRC team 1389.

FIRST has opened up student registration early this year and we are encouraging students / parents to take advantage of this opportunity to avoid some paperwork in the fall.   This is open to all returning and new students.

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2016-2017 Team Plan

The team had a meeting a few weeks back where discussed how we would make our 2016 2017 goals a reality. One of the first things we did was modify our goals a bit after thinking about them for two weeks.

  • Raise $50,000, create a budget and be within 10% of the budget
  • Create a larger and more diver core group with a minimum of 4 people on each sub team
  • Ensure that leadership team and that each sub team has at least one female
  • Win district and district championship
  • Have 3 major impacts on the community
  • Transfer knowledge to more incoming students
  • Prepare more underclassman for leadership positions

 

We made the change to make the goal more measurable. We also focused our efforts for next season on the following;

  • Win the EI award
  • Spend more time prototyping for every aspect of the robot
  • Build two robots
  • Raise $20,000
    • $5,000 for District Championships
    • $10,000 for World Championships
    • $5,000 for second robot
  • Host a district event
    • Raise $10,000 on behalf of the event

 

To make the above happened the team talked about what we were going to do with the last month of school.

  • Repair Drivetrains
  • Tune up robots
  • Do outreach to local fabrication companies
  • Cleanup Lab

 

The team then talked about what we would be doing over the summer with the limited amount student who are available to make the goals real

  • Schedule a Drive Day at the STEMAction center in Columbia – Joey
  • Schedule a Pyle Drive Day – Jonah, Joey
  • Define CAD Projects – Joey, JJ
    • CAD project 1 – CAD the 2016 robot in solid works by the end of July
    • CAD 3 drive trains in full detail and include all electrical systems, wire routing and mechanical systems by the end of August
      • West coast inline drop 6 with 4” solid wheels
      • Swerve
      • H-drive
    • Complete a Vision Project
      • Identify and track 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 targets
    • Fund raise $6,000
    • Secure a Sheet metal fabrication sponsor
    • Lay the ground work to start 1 FTC team and 2 FLL teams
      • FTC at Pyle
      • FLL at Davis Library and Wyngate Elementary School
    • Repair current robots
      • Liftzilla – encoder controlled lifter, ecoder controlled drive, build bumpers
      • Maelstrom – functioning turret, vision code, autonomous modes, rewire, add climber
    • Do advocacy work at the Federal, State and county level
    • MD Federal representatives June 19-22
      • Part of FRC Team 27 National Advocacy Conference
    • Mo Co county – July 18th
      • County Board
      • County Executive
      • County School Board
      • County Dept. of Health & Human Services
      • County Dept. of Economic Development
    • Mo Co State representative – August 8th
    • MD Dept. of education – August 15th
    • MD Governor – August 15th

 

The team also laid out the plan for the Fall

  • Attend 3 off seasons
  • Create a 2016-2017 budget
    • Measure spending according to the budget
    • Create a part purchasing process that is tied to the budget
  • Increase the number of talks
  • Incorporate VEX robots into fall projects
    • Purchase 2-3 vex kits, $2,000 per kit
    • Host robot build off for underclassmen
  • Host Java training for MoCo teams
  • Host CAD training for MoCo teams
    • Create CAD projects due in Dec 2016
  • Host Safety training in Sept so students can use tools early
  • Start Awards in the fall
    • Finish drafts by December
  • Sign up 100 students at Clubs night
  • Track and measure freshman retention
  • Setup an Agile work board for defining and distributing tasks
    • 2 people’s names need to be on each ticket that is in work
  • Assign each new member an experienced buddy member
  • Raise $20,000 for build season
  • Recruit 2 more mentors
    • Electrical
    • Programming
  • Mentor FLL and FTC teams
  • Plan a district event

 

Here are the raw notes from the meeting

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Maryland and Montgomery County Robotics Funding Updates

We are getting closer, and could still use your voice.

  • Good News. The state level bills HB 115 and SB 582 have passed and are still sitting on Governor Larry Hogans desk.
  • Bad News. Tomorrow, May 19th, is the last scheduled legislation signing day for the 2016 legislative session, and unfortunately, the Governor has chosen not to sign the bill at this point. At the conclusion of session, the Governor stated that he would look skeptically on any bill that spent any new money not previously included in his budget. However, please note that the legislation is not lost. There are several outcomes moving forward.
    • First, the Governor could chose to veto the bill entirely. This would be a terrible decision and one that I don’t think is very likely. The bill had bi-partisan sponsorship, including the Republican House Minority Leader, and passed both chambers with bi-partisan supermajority votes. A veto override would be inevitable and easily achieved.
    • Second, the Governor can conclude his review of the legislation, agree that it is the right thing to do, and schedule an ad hoc signing day for any remaining bills that he might decide to sign. If that was to happen, we will immediately let you know. It will be a quick turnaround, and there will be very little notice available to anyone who might want to come to Annapolis to take part.
    • Finally, the Governor can chose to do nothing. If he takes no action on the bill by May 31st (13 days from now), the bill will automatically become law without his signature.
  • CALL TO ACTION: We need everyone across the state to reach out to Governor Larry Hogan and his staff to let them know this is important and needs to be funded. To contact the Governor;
    1. Please go to this form
    2. Fill in all of your contact information
    3. Copy and past this this subject “Pass HB 115 and SB 582 to elevate MD Robotics”
    4. Copy and paste the template into the message box

 

Keep pushing, we know every Maryland student appreciates your efforts.

Call the gov

 

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Please take the time to reach out to our elected officials so we can help grow robotics!