We Now Have A Booster Club

Some of our current and past parents have gotten together with Walt Whitman High School and started a Booster Club. Team 1389 Whitman Robotics Boosters, Inc. will be a non-profit entity that will help the team with fundraising, organizing and long term planning.  This is great news for the team on the fundraising front as this will open doors to the team to be able to apply for grants that it has historically not been able to apply for and target businesses that support non-profits.

As we have, the team will remain as a club at Whitman, this will not have any impact on our status as a club at the school.  The team will continue to act as it always has, this is only a change in the business operation to maximize our fundraising potential.

We will be submitting our 501C3 paperwork in the coming weeks and will work hard over the next 5 years to earn our accreditation from the IRS.  In that time we will be able to everything a 501C3 does.

 

The board consists of

Farish Perlman, team coordinator – Board President

JJ Biel -Goebel , lead mentor – Board Vice President

William Prinz, parent of Team 1389 alum – Treasurer

Elizabeth Williams, parent of current Team 1389 student – Secretary

Dan Chen, Walt Whitman teacher – member

Alan Goodwin, Walt Whitman principal – Ex-offico

Elizabeth Hillard, Walt Whitman Business Administrator – Ex-offico

 

Team 1389 and the new Board look forward to continued growth of the team.

If you have some time and want to help out we would love to hear from you.

Fundraising Tips and tricks

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;

Please click on any of the above pages to learn more

 

Additional Resources

 

 

Looking for a few good mentors

Are you a maker or a doer living near Bethesda Maryland.  We need people that have knowledge in the following;

  • Java and or C++ coding
  • Computer vision
  • Control system design
  • Location systems design
  • Pneumatic systems
  • Web design
  • Tech writing
  • Graphics design
  • Fund raising
  • Video production
  • Animation
  • Journalism
  • Public relations

If you are interested or know someone who could, please email us at admin@team1389.com

 

 

What is a FIRST Mentor?

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.

 

Why Mentor?

In this Video Participants from the Million Women Mentors Program talks about how a influential a STEM mentored activity can be for students.

 

How does mentoring make a difference?

As a Walt Whitman Robotics Club mentor, you’ll have the unique opportunity to positively influence the lives of students through personal growth, interpersonal development, and community involvement.

 

Click here to see the amazing people that have already signed up to make the next generation of students a little smarter

If you are interested or know someone who could, please email us at admin@team1389.com

 

 

Montgomery County MD Advocacy Day 2016

Last week the Walt Whitman Team attended the FIRST National Advocacy Conference.  We did a good bit of learning and are ready to take what we learned and apply it to the County level.

 

We want to get as many of the team in the county to participate in the county advocacy day we are scheduling for July 18th. Our plan is to talk to the following folks

 

Here are the actions we have

  • We need to identify what teams are going to participate
  • We need to agree on the asks
    • Make Robotics a sport in MoCo
    • Help us define how the $250,000 in robotics funds should be managed / dispersed
    • Help us define how the ESSA title 4A funds should be dispersed at the state level
    • Help us get the $125,000 of county funds approved for 2017-2018
  • We need to create a one sheeter for the day that includes
    • What is FIRST
    • The MoCo robotics foot print
    • The impact of robotics programs on students
    • The federal and state funds that are available
    • The Ask and outcomes
  • We need to get the meetings scheduled
  • We need to schedule a planning meeting to plan the day and so some practice run through

 

On the 27th we held a planning call with other MoCo teams

 

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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This Saturday the team is having a robot party

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 admin@team1389.com.

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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.

We need your lessons learned

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.

  • Agenda items for May 7th
    • 2016 recap / lessons learned
    • 2017 goals
    • May plan
    • Federal lobbying
    • Banquet
    • Seniors
  • Agenda items for the 21st
    • 2016 summer plans
      • starting teams
        • FTC
        • FLL
    • 2016 fall plans
      • Off seasons
        • Battle O’Baltimore – Sept ?? 2016, Baltimore, MD.
        • Girl power – Oct ?? 2016, Flourtown, PA.
        • Rumble in the roads – Nov 5 2016, Newport News, VA
      • training
      • fund raising
    • 2017 spring plans
    • picking team leaders
    • picking drive team
    • lab cleanup
    • Communication tools
  • Lab Cleanup May 23rd, 25th and 27th

 

Event with the week off, a few of us just couldn’t stop thinking about robots.  Check out these cool little lego variants of Maelstrom we made. What have you been up to?

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The Little Bakesale that could

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.

 

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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.

The Trip to St Louis is a Go

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.

 

Results and Expectations Concept

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.

 

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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;

  1. Family
  2. Academics
  3. Robots

 

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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.

 

 

 

FRC Team 1389’s 2016 Budget

FRC teams are expensive, costing between $10,000 $120,000 per year. Here is our team’s budget for 2016 based on the fund raising we have done so far.

  • Revenue – $25,000
    • Student fees – $16,000
      • 40 x $400
    • Grants – $2,000
      • Walt Whitman Foundation $2,000
    • Monetary Donations – $5,000
      • Lockheed $2,500
      • Booz Allen Hamilton $2,500
    • In Kind Donations – $2,000
    • Fund Raisers – $2,000
  • Expenses – $24,500
    • Registrations – $11,000
      • 2 season events x $5,000
      • 3 off season events x $300
    • Robot – $8,000
    • Team food – $2,000
    • Tools – $2,000
    • Miscellaneous – $1,500

Each year the team tries to put more in than they take out so that the team can cover the expenses of future years or deal with emergency costs.

  • It does include registration for the super regional, if the team does not earn a slot those funds can be saved for next year
  • It does not include going to nationals.