Running a Team


What are Robotics Team

Robotics teams are relatively new concept to many people so we like to relate them back to what people know.

Robotics teams are like sports teams;

  • They need coaches,
  • They need a place to work out
  • They need a place to practice
  • They need a place to play
  • They need school support
  • They need community support
  • They need students who are dedicated
  • They need special equipment
  • They need to communicate

Robotics teams are also like businesses;

  • They need to budget
  • They need to plan
  • They need to schedule
  • They need to raise funds for capital expenses
  • They need to raise funds for operational expenses
  • They need to raise funds for travel expenses
  • They need to deliver
  • They need to manage people
  • They need to communicate
  • They need to brand and market themselves
  • They need to develop a positive culture
  • They need to help their leaders grow
  • they need to help their students grow
  • They need to give back to their community

Robotics teams are also like engineering teams;

  • They need to document requirements
  • They need to understand the resources available
  • The need to meet team goals
  • They need to brain storm ideas
  • They need to test and validate assumptions
  • They need experienced people
  • They need complete a trade study
  • They need to down select to their development option
  • They need to do concept design
  • They need to prototype
  • They need to communicate
  • They need to fabricate detail parts
  • They need to assemble parts
  • They need to install systems
  • They need to test systems
  • They need to fix bugs
  • They need to deliver on time and on schedule

As you can see robotics teams are a lot like things you already know. The big difference between these and every other high school team is that every student can turn pro.


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Great quotes that can help put running a club into perspective

  • John Stosssel – Happiness comes when we test our skills towards some meaningful purpose.
  • Sam Ewig – Hard work spotlights the character of people: some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses, and some don’t turn up at all.
  • Robert Half – Hard work without talent is a shame, but talent without hard work is a tragedy.
  • Malcolm Forbes – How to succeed? Try hard enough.
  • Anne Frank – I keep my ideals, because in spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart.
  • Lou Holtz – I won’t accept anything less than the best a player’s capable of doing… and he has the right to expect the best that I can do for him and the team!
  • Paul “Bear” Bryant – If anything goes bad, I did it. If anything goes semi-good, then we did it. If anything goes really good, then you did it. That’s all it takes to get people to win football games.
  • Earvin Johnson – If people around you aren’t going anywhere, if their dreams are no bigger than hanging out on the corner, or if they’re dragging you down, get rid of them. Negative people can sap your energy so fast, and they can take your dreams from you, too.
  • Abraham Lincoln – If you look for the worst in people and expect to find it, you surely will.
  • Buzotta – If you think of vision and mission as an organization’s head and heart, the values it holds are its soul.


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