Teams need organization and leadership to be successful both in school and in the real world and Robotics is no exemption. There are many models of how to organize a robotics team and below is the one our team will be using for this season.

Org Chart

The above model allows the team to stay compact while at the same time allowing the work to be broken down enough to allow more students to participate.

Here are the descriptions of each of the boxes on the above chart

Leadership Team

  • The leadership team is made up of 3-5 students and 1-3 mentors. Depending on the size of your team robotics team, the leadership team may be a second responsibility placed on key students. The leadership team is responsible for the following;
    • Ensuring good communication
    • Pushing for decision to be made
    • Managing the change that occurs
    • Cultivating a positive team culture
    • Being committed
    • Leading by Example
    • Maintaining integrity
    • Growing your teammates
    • Training future leaders
  • In addition to the responsibilities above the leadership team also needs to look at the big picture keep the team on track to meeting the team’s goals.
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Fundraising & Media Sub Team

  • The Fundraising & Media team primary focus is leading and coordinating all of the team’s fundraising activities. This includes meeting and working with sponsors, finding and securing donors and managing all of the teams fund raising events. The Fundraising & Media team also manages the creation and distributing of media to promote our team in the region and across the world. This includes designing posters, flyers, giveaways, web pages, press releases, t-shirts and other items that help get the word out about the great things the team is doing. The Fund raising & Media team is also responsible for ensuring the team’s brand is consistently being cultivated with everything the team does and creates.
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Awards & Documentation Sub Team

  • The Awards & Documentation team is pwrimarily responsible for writing all of the awards the team needs to apply for each season. They are also responsible for ensuring the team works to make its mission a reality and document the team’s journey. This could include taking photos and videos of the team, our robots, the competitions, and the robots of other teams that demonstrate how the team is working to make its mission real.
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Integration Sub Team

  • With each other team working to develop a detailed design for their subsystem, the integration team is vital to ensure that our robot comes together as one. The design team is comprised of select mentors and students from each of the technical teams who work together using CAD software to combine subsystems. The integration team is responsible for subsystem incorporation, weight and spatial restrictions, etc.
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Drivetrain & Chassis Sub Team

  • The Drivetrain & Chassis team design and build the base of our robot either using the Kit of Parts components or utilizing different construction and fabrication techniques such as box tubing, aluminum plates, and sheetmetal to create a custom drivetrain. The Drivetrain & Chassis team team must not only build the competition drivetrain, but also the practice robot. This team is also responsible for fabricating and integrating a bumper system to the chassis.
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Manipulation Sub Team

  • The manipulation team designs and fabricates the arm, elevator, or other system of the robot which is the link between the chassis and end effector. The manipulation team and other sub-teams teams must have clear communication through the integration team in order to successfully integrate all parts and functions of the system onto the drive base.
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End Effector Sub Team

  • The end effector team designs and fabricates the part(s) of the robot which manipulates the game piece for that certain year. The end effector team and other sub-teams must have clear communication through the integration team in order to successfully integrate all parts and functions of the end effector onto the manipulation system and drive base.
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Controls & Electrical Sub Team

  • The controls and electrical team is responsible for wiring all components of the robot to the control system. This includes the cRIO, speed controllers, pneumatics, lights, and sensors. This group works very closely with the other sub-teams and integration team to successfully add the electronics into the robot as well as to integrate sensors onto various mechanisms.
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Software Sub Team

  • The controls group programs the robot for autonomous mode and tele-operated mode and is responsible for the automation of our robot. This group also designs and fabricating the control station we use at competitions
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Competition Teams

  • In addition to the teams above their are several teams that exist during competition season. more information can be found in the following pages;

 

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