Since FRC teams can cost upwards of $25,000 a year to run and most school systems don’t provide funding, teams need to raise a lot of money every year. The most important time of year for fundraising is the fall, since most students are back in school and the workload on students is fairly low compared to the spring. We also recommend you involve every single team member in fundraising to increase the probability of meeting the team’s financial goals. There are 5 major ways teams can raise funds to help make the team possible;
Walt Whitman Robotics Club mentors work with students from Walt Whitman high schools The mission of the mentoring program is to help develop the skills students need to make good life choices and to succeed personally and professionally through a program that both provides practical guidance on preparing for college and that develops strong, long term relationships and bonds of trust with mentors.
In this Video Participants from the Million Women Mentors Program talks about how a influential a STEM mentored activity can be for students.
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Vice President: Judith Docca Docca was elected to her third four-year term on November 4, 2014. She currently serves as vice president and is a member of the Board’s Strategic Planning and Special Populations committees. Biography and contact information Judy_Docca@mcpsmd.org
District 4: Christopher S. Barclay Barclay was elected to his second four-year term on November 6, 2012, and has twice served as Board President. He is chair of the Board’s Strategic Planning committee and is a member of the Fiscal Management committee. Biography and contact information Christopher_Barclay@mcpsmd.org
Philip Kauffman – At-Large Kauffman was elected to his second four-year term on November 6, 2012, and has previously served one year as Board President. He is chair of the Board’s Fiscal Management Committee and a member of the Policy Management Committee. Biography and contact information Phil_Kauffman@mcpsmd.org
District 3: Patricia O’Neill O’Neill was first elected to the Board of Education in 1998 and was elected to her fifth four-year term on November 4, 2014. She has served as the Board’s president five times and currently is the chairperson of the Board’s Policy Management Committee. Biography and contact information Patricia_O’Neill@mcpsmd.org
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
$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.
Tune up robots
Do outreach to local fabrication companies
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
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
Parents, volunteers, sponsors, community members, school leaders and students come out this Saturday at 6pm to our team’s end of the year banquet. Please email us for location firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also, our students will be meeting from 2-5 pm at the robotics room to plan out the next season. If you want to be on the leadership team or want a say in what the team is going to do next season you should probably show up.
Now that the 2015-2016 FRC season is over, we need to switch gears to the 2016-2017 season. But what does the 2016-2017 season look like? Well we need to figure that out. So we have two meetings coming up that we encourage as many students, parents, volunteers, school administrators and community members to attend so that we get as much input as possible.
Team 1389 was out in full force this weekend helping the good people of Bethesda keep their blood sugar levels high. The team held three bake sales on what could easily be the best day weather wise for an outside bake sale. On top of that we did some STEM out reach by letting folks know that there were robotics teams at many of the area schools and that they are a great way to turn good students into great students.
We can’t thank all of the people who stopped by to talk, drive robots, donate and of course buy our delectable sweets enough. Your support yesterday helped us cover nearly half of our registration fee.
And thank you to all of the parents who donated ingredients, cooking supplies and oven time to make the baking possible. You are changing our world with every thing you do.
Team 1389 will be joined by team 4242 and team 1712 as we continue our pursuit of playing on the last Einstein field ever. We are leaving on Tuesday and returning Sunday, you can go take a look at our detailed agenda in a previous post. Last night we also had our parent meeting where we discussed the details of the trip and went through all of the paperwork we need to get completed by noon on Tuesday.
We also went through the expectations of student and volunteers traveling and have asked all those going on the trip to review the team’s policies. All parents traveling with the team are also considered volunteers for this trip.
The team started to discuss possible extra curricular activities and several parents brought up concerns about AP exams on May 2nd. So they wanted to be clear that students priority list should go in this order;
For this reason we are encouraging students to take all the time they need to student while they are on this trip. That includes the time on the on the bus.
Today we introduced the cookie fundraiser; this is something that all members will participate in. Basically, we are selling cookies for $15 per pound (12 cookies). Members will collect orders + payment (cash or check) and then around December 11-13, members will deliver these orders to all their customers. If you missed the meeting/came late or are confused about something, take a look at this link for information: https://docs.google.com/…/1Te-DWOaNz_Kv5op6vjJWJ8d6SO…/edit…
You can pick up your forms in Mr. Chen’s room, C-335
We will be selling these until Wednesday December 2nd; all members must sell at least 5 orders.
Regarding nut allergies: David’s Cookies says that some of their products may contain nuts. Their facility is NOT a nut-free facility, and as a result it is possible that any product may have come in contact w/ nut or nut oils.