Robot Design: Designs the hardware for the robot. Helps maintain and improve the robot throughout competitions and practices. Involves mechanical engineering, math, physics, and CAD (computer aided design) software skills.
Robot Build: Builds the hardware for the robot. Maintains the robot throughout competitions and practices. Powers and wires the robot. Supervises and advises on safety and safe practices in robot building and operation. Advises drive team on operation of robot. Involves mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, power tools, hand tools, ensuring a safe work environment, math, and physics skills.
Java Development (Robot): Writes the software program that communicates with the robot. Works with mechanical and electrical engineering to ensure all parts have working code. Involves coding (specifically Java), logic, and math skills.
Drive Team: Responsible for the operation of the robot during competition and demos. Must work with other team members to carry out functions of the game, as well as set strategy with the other two robotics teams on their side for the match. Involves working with video game controllers, strategic thinking, and spatial awareness.
Communications: Creates a newsletter that is delivered via email and sent to: sponsors, parents, coaches, mentors, FRC assisting teams, as well as any other interested party. A team webpage is developed and maintained in order to be used for both marketing and communications. Involves graphical design and writing.
Project Management: Maintains the “project notebook” which represents not only what the team did during the build phase, but tracks financials, lists memberships and sponsors. A calendar is also maintained by the Project Manager that keeps the team and parents informed of upcoming events. Involves time management and organization.
Finance: Creates and track a budget. The Finance Peer Guide must track incoming and outgoing money for the team. Involves accounting and financial responsibility. (Note: Requests for funding are handled by the adult mentors.)
Marketing: Builds a “brand” for the team. This consists of creating and choosing consistent team graphics and colors. For competition, each team is expected to hand out promotional materials that represent the team. The team will be judged in part on the representation of their brand both in pit construction and materials.