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The student team is organized into two divisions with three departments each. On top of the team are our Executive Leadership, or our “Leaders of the Pack”, – the Team Lead, the Vice-Team Lead, the Business Lead, and the Engineering Lead. No matter what division you are, you always intertwined with other areas.

Business Division

Marketing Subdivision

The Marketing subdivision utilizes business strategy to promote the team by maintaining team branding standards in order to deliver a consistent team image. This subdivision will additionally be responsible for researching marketing techniques and Grants/Awards submissions. Members of this subdivision must be creative and must be willing to collaborate when designing promotional material and projects such as flyers, the Pit for competition, and the website.

Media Subdivision

The Media subdivision deals with designing digital media in accordance with the team’s branding standards. This subdivision will be responsible for updating and creating team graphics and managing the team’s social media with the Public Relations subdivision. Members of this subdivision must be highly creative, professional, and willing to collaborate when creating team imagery, videos, and animations.

Public Relations Subdivision

The Public Relations subdivision utilizes business strategy to promote a positive team identity throughout the community. This subdivision will be responsible for posting/sending regular updates to parents, sponsors, donors, and partners through the team newsletter and the website. Members of the subdivision also organize team events, such as sponsorship presentations and outreach/community service, by highlighting STEAM and business management skills.

Engineering Division

CAD Subdivision

The CAD (computer-aided design) subdivision designs parts and assemblies in SolidWorks. This is the first step before building the robot or producing competition medals; precise measurements and guidelines from schematics are needed for Fabrication to start. Even though CAD doesn’t have an extensive range of other uses on the team, members of this subdivision must have patience and be willing to tackle a steep learning cover when learning how to use computer-aided design software and design principles.

Electrical Subdivision

The Electrical subdivision takes care of all electrical-related tasks and projects within the team. This subdivision is responsible for securing and wiring electrical components for the robot as well as troubleshooting when problems (e.g. brownouts and blackouts) occur. In addition, the Electrical subdivision gets to come up with useful tools by experimenting with sensors and hardware, such as an Arduino or a Raspberry Pi, with the Programming subdivision. Members of this subdivision must exercise SAFETY at all times, especially when working with potentially dangerous voltages and equipment like a soldering iron.

Fabrication Subdivision

The Fabrication subdivision constructs parts and assemblies and does mechanical maintenance of various projects, such as the robot and any game pieces. Whoever wishes to be a part of this subdivision must be willing to get his/her hands “dirty” by working with power tools and many materials. Members also must keep track of accurate measurements, heed to structural stability, consider time in receiving orders, and, most importantly, practice SAFETY throughout the entire workshop.

Programming Subdivision

The Programming subdivision deals with all aspects of coding on the team. Whether this is coding the robot in Java, updating the website in HTML and CSS, making an iOS/Android app, or writing Python to implement vision tracking on a Raspberry Pi, it is all handled in Programming. Members of this subdivision have to keep in mind to create flowcharts and diagrams along with strong collaboration when taking on projects and constructing algorithms.

Strategy Council

The Strategy Council is a group of delegates from every subdivision, both Business and Engineering, that come together on a regular basis (at least once a month) to:

  • Discuss tactics for the team to be effectively engaged in the community
  • Discuss strategy in designing a highly competitive robot during build season
  • Discuss methods in approaching potential sponsors and/or partners
  • Discuss research of other teams’ strategies and emerging technologies
  • Form a committee to enforce safety among the team led by the Safety Captain

The Strategy Council also has additional responsibilities during Build Season:

  • Forming a committee to carry out team and pit scouting (data collection)
  • Forming a committee to manage and schedule match data collection
  • Analyzing collected data to produce a list of prioritized teams for alliance selection in competitions

Committees are defined as a group of 2-4 members that are assigned a specific subset of tasks. Delegates can also be assigned multiple committees. Even though more can be made, the Strategy Council must have the following committees:

  • Awards – Business and Engineering delegates collaborate to make sure award applications and write-ups are completed to their fullest quality well in advance of their deadlines.
  • Education – Delegates work together to identify education needs within all areas on the team and communicate this with the Executive Leadership, so they can assign someone to meet the need by researching the topic, creating an education plan and materials, and working with the committee to schedule any training as well as to make arrangements to record the training. Once an education need is completed, the committee would also be responsible for organizing and storing all materials in the team’s Google Drive folder. The committee can work with other teams and mentors to reuse existing training.
  • Game Strategy – Delegates will be responsible for conducting scouting and data collection as well as analysis of the data for alliance selection.
  • Safety – Delegates (called Safety Captains) collaborate to conceive and enforce safety protocols and campaigns throughout the entire team.
  • Website – Business delegates work with Programming delegates to maintain and improve the team website.