NE FIRST Town Hall Meetings - Rhode Island


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This was the original slide set that was shown to the RI Town Hall Meeting on June 16, 2012. This was replaced a week later for the Maine meeting.

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NE FIRST Town Hall Meetings - Rhode Island

  1. 1. NE FIRSTTown Hall Meeting Middletown, RI 6/16/12
  2. 2. Agenda∆ Introduction∆ FIRST’s plan for transition∆ Where does NE fit in?∆ Questions and Concerns∆ How to we use this to make NE better?∆ Moving forward
  3. 3. Town Hall Meetings∆ Rules: o No judging o All comments and ideas are valued o Remember FIRST values: Gracious Professionalism Date Location Status 6/16/12 Middletown, RI Completed 6/23/12 Falmouth, ME Scheduled 7/21/12 New Britain, CT In-process August 2012 Boston, MA In-process Summer / Fall 2012 Worcester, MA Planned Summer / Fall 2012 NH/ VT Planned
  4. 4. What is the District Model? FRC District Qualifying Qualifying Qualifying District Events Events Championship∆ Replacement of current “Regional” events with Qualifying Events and District Championship Event∆ Advance from Qualifying Events to District Championship Event to World Championship
  5. 5. What is FIRST’s vision?
  6. 6. What is the District Model?2012 FRC Season FRC Regionals (US - 47 / Int’l - 5) Qualify, Register, or Wait ListFIRST in Michigan (FiM) District State Events Championship (9) Qualify (1) Qualify FIRST ChampionshipMid-Atlantic Robotics (MAR) District District Events Championship (5) Qualify (1) Qualify 6
  7. 7. What is the District Model?Even More Future FRC SeasonsFRC District District Qualifying District Events Events Championship QualifyFRC District District Qualifying District Events Events Championship Qualify FIRSTFRC District Championship District Qualifying District Events Events Championship QualifyFRC District District Qualifying District Events Events Championship Qualify 7
  8. 8. What is the District Model?Future FRC Season GrowthFRC District District Qualifying District Events Events Championship Super RegionalFRC District Championship District Qualifying District Events Events Championship FIRSTFRC District Championship District Qualifying District Events Events Championship Super Regional ChampionshipFRC District District Qualifying District Events Events Championship 8
  9. 9. Why District Model?∆ Status quo in FRC business planning of adding 3 to 5 new FRC Regional events each year is unsustainable∆ Shift focus of fund raising from FRC events (Regionals) and to FRC teams∆ Lower FRC event and FRC team costs∆ Make the FRC Program delivery more efficient and effective o More affordable for teams: lower cost (2 district events for same FRC registration)  Lower threshold for new teams  Make it more sustainable for returning teams o More accessible: more events/closer to home (multiple FRC events across region)  Reduced travel costs  Improves access to local FRC competitions for families, schools, local government, businesses and media o More rewarding & more ROI: play more (2 events/team, 10 – 12 rounds/event)  Allow teams to fix technical problems and continue playing
  10. 10. Why District Model?∆ Easier, less stressful for volunteers (especially FRC team mentors) supporting the FRC Competition events with fewer competition days (2 vs. 3) and more local travel∆ Maintain FRC as a financially viable FIRST Program∆ Cost effective, scalable FRC Competition event structure more consistent with other FIRST Program competition event structures∆ Provide the opportunity for more students to participate in the FRC Program∆ Quality remains high and very little change observed o Two biggest cost savings  Lower venue cost  Lower production (A/V) cost, same number of screens o Same size pits o Same exact FRC field o Practice field o No change in rules o No change in awards/medals
  11. 11. Why District Model?FIRST’s Roll-Out PlanStrategic VisionTransition the current FRC Competition Event structure from a mix ofTraditional FRC Regional events, Flex events, and a District/StateChampionship pilot to a structure consisting of only District Events,leading to a State or Region Championship, within the next 4 years (FY2012 – FY 2015) or sooner in states and/or regions, when and where it isappropriate to convert to a District Event structure without breaking thecurrent FRC Competition Event structure.Objectives∆ 45 to 50 State and/or Region Championships with the appropriate number of district events, as determined locally to support current FRC teams and future FRC team growth∆ Cost effective, scalable FRC Competition structure∆ Maintain FRC as a financially viable FIRST Program∆ Provide the opportunity for more students to participate in the FRC Program∆ Provide more robot play time while driving the overall cost to get in the game down∆ Offer a cost effective, high quality FIRST experience for the FRC Competition event∆ Ensure fairness for all FRC team participants∆ Integral part of an overall scalable FIRST Programs Competition Event structure to carry FRC into the future∆ Easier, less stressful for volunteers supporting the FRC Competition events, while training FRC volunteers to take on more local ownership, planning, and execution of FRC Competition events
  12. 12. Why District Model?
  13. 13. "Knowledge and timber shouldnt be useduntil they are seasoned." Oliver Wendell Holmes Born and Died in Massachusetts Poet & Author (1809 - 1894)
  14. 14. Where does NE fit in? (The Past)∆ Nov 2011: Introductory Meeting with FIRST HQ & NE Mentors, Volunteers, and Key Players∆ Jan – May 2012: o NE FIRST Committee formed, split into two subcommittees (Field Ops and Organization) o Organization: Filed for non-profit status o Field Ops: Brainstormed on how to improve Rules Supplemental o Organization-wide  Launched  Met with other district committees in process  Reviewed all documentation from FiM and MAR  Interviewed FiM and MAR mentors, students, and volunteers  Created simulations to predict effects of districts in NE
  15. 15. Where does NE fit in?The Present The Future∆ Town Hall Meetings ∆ Year 0∆ Meetings with sponsors o Scout sites∆ Agree as a committee o Pick committees for District Events to the district format for o Pick committee for New England District Championship∆ Reroute regional ∆ Year 1 fundraising through NE o Roll out the District FIRST Model in New England o Reiterate and Evaluate as necessary
  16. 16. What would a district model look like?District Events District Championship∆ $6500 for rookies, $5000 ∆ $4000 for event for veterans ∆ Top X teams qualify∆ Two district events ∆ Awards at districts allow included you to compete at the DCMP for the award,∆ Additional events in even if robot does not district for $X qualify∆ Points accrue in two ∆ 30 teams advance to FRC events for: Championship o Qualifying Match o 5 Chairmans Award Performance o 3 DCMP Winners o Elimination Match o 1 / 2 Rookie All Star Performance o 1 Engineering Inspiration o Awards o Remainder recalculated with DCMP Performance
  17. 17. Questions and Concerns∆ “Fundraising and securing travel in such a short window is expensive and a hassle.”∆ “I don’t want to play the same teams over and over”∆ “We really enjoy traveling to other regions and don’t want to have to give it up”∆ “I feel like the excitement of FIRST will be smaller if we go to districts”∆ “I’m scared that we won’t be able to reach as many students if we move to a district model.”
  18. 18. How can NE benefit from districts?∆ More matches, more matches, more matches∆ Less vacation days∆ Centralized organization to assist in: o Fundraising o Travel Reservations o Growth and Sustainability∆ Qualification is based on merit∆ Greater sense of community
  19. 19. Welcome toHotel New England!
  20. 20. NE FIRST’s Promises∆ We will work in the best interest of the teams.∆ We will keep everyone informed and involved.∆ We will treat everyone with Gracious Professionalism.∆ We will consider every idea.∆ We will evaluate and iterate.∆ We will do everything we can to create the best environment for our students to succeed.
  21. 21. Moving Forward∆ Email o,∆ Web o∆ Social Media o Twitter, Facebook, etc – see for links
  22. 22. NE FIRSTTown Hall Meeting Thank you!