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2014 Huskie Robotics Parent Kickoff

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2014 Huskie Robotics Parent Kickoff

  1. 1. Huskie Robotics Welcomes Parents!
  2. 2. Tonight’s Agenda • Why is robotics awesome? • Who are the Friends of Robotics? • Where is the team headed? • What are the expenses? • What were the biggest challenges last year? • How can parents help?
  3. 3. Why Robotics is Awesome • Develop New Skills • Scholarships • Leadership • Helpful when applying to college • Fun videos
  4. 4. Developing New Skills • Engineering • Time Management • Fabrication • Design • Programming • Collaboration • Project Management • Marketing • Strategy • Data Analysis • Media
  5. 5. FIRST Student Scholarships and Internships • over $16 million in scholarships • 780 scholarship opportunities • 148 scholarship providers • FIRST Team 3061 alumni have received scholarships • Scholarships www.usfirst.org/aboutus/scholarships • Internships www.usfirst.org/aboutus/internships
  6. 6. Opportunities for Leadership • Huskie Robotics • FLL
  7. 7. Applying to College • Robotics gives your student something very meaningful to write about on their college applications • Teamwork, leadership, problem solving, design, programming, media, marketing
  8. 8. Where last year’s Seniors are attending • Iowa State college • Caltech • Olin College of Engineering • Howard University • Purdue • Bradley • Northern Illinois • University of Illinois- Urbana Champaign • MIT • Case-Western • Northwestern • University of Washington
  9. 9. Huskie Robotics • Team 3061 video
  10. 10. Tonight’s Agenda • Why is robotics awesome? • Who are the Friends of Robotics? • Where is the team headed? • What are the expenses? • What were the biggest challenges last year? • How can parents help?
  11. 11. Why Friends of Robotics was formed • Teachers/Coaches are amazing and work extremely hard • Big team / few coaches / long hours
  12. 12. Tonight’s Agenda • Why is robotics awesome? • Who are the Friends of Robotics? • Where is the team headed? • What are the expenses? • What were the biggest challenges last year? • How can parents help?
  13. 13. Where are we headed? • What is the history of the team? • Where are our goals? • What are we doing now? • What will we be doing in January?
  14. 14. Huskie Robotics 2014 Midwest Regional Gracious Professionalism Award 2014 Midwest Regional Quarterfinalist 2013 World Championships Participant 2013 Northern Lights Regional Champion 2013 Midwest Regional Quarterfinalist 2012 Midwest Regional Gracious Professionalism 2012 Midwest Regional Semifinalist 2009 Founded
  15. 15. Our Goal • design, build, test a • 5-foot tall, 120-pound robot • that performs multiple complex tasks • in a period of 6 weeks • based on a kit of parts & $4000 allowance • constrained by 100s of rules
  16. 16. The Real Goal • inspire young people to become science and technology leaders • engage them in mentor-based programs that • build science, engineering, and technology skills • inspire innovation • foster self-confidence, communication, and leadership
  17. 17. Where are we headed? • What is the history of the team? • Where are our goals? • What are we doing now? • What will we be doing in January?
  18. 18. Weekly Meetings • meeting every Wednesday after school • until 5:30 pm • organized into ten teams working on various projects and developing skills necessary for the build season
  19. 19. Students are • building a team • getting organized • developing new skills • learning from mentors • preparing for the build season
  20. 20. Co-Curricular Meeting • required once during high school
  21. 21. Huskie Robotics Spirit Wear • students receive two orange t-shirts • parents, students, and siblings are welcome to order Huskie Robotics spirit wear • t-shirts, long-sleeve shirts, polo shirts, sweatshirts • forms and money due soon
  22. 22. Where are we headed? • What is the history of the team? • Where are our goals? • What are we doing now? • What will we be doing in January?
  23. 23. FRC 2015 Kickoff • Who: entire team • Where: NNHS • When: Saturday, January 3, 2015 • all day (times TBD) • Why: watch the unveiling of the game; brainstorm on strategy
  24. 24. 2015 Build Season • Who: entire team • Where: NNHS • When: • January 5th - April 4th • Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays; 3:30 pm to 9 pm • Saturdays; 8 am - 4 pm • student time commitment is flexible • Why: optimize productivity
  25. 25. 2015 Stop Build Day • Huge Milestone! • February 17th, 2015, 11:59 pm • The robot must be bagged and tagged • We will continue building and testing our second (practice) robot
  26. 26. Rock City Regional • Who: varsity team (must apply) • Where: Little Rock, AR • When: March 4-7, 2015 • Why: warm-up event
  27. 27. Midwest Regional • Who: entire team, parents, families, sponsors, mentors • Where: UIC Pavilion (depart from NNHS) • When: • Wednesday, April 1 (skeleton crew unload) • Thursday, April 2 (varsity team setup and test) • Friday and Saturday, April 3-4, 2015 • Why: show the home crowd what we can do!
  28. 28. After Regionals • World Championships? • April 22-25 • outreach activities • sleep
  29. 29. Tonight’s Agenda • Why is robotics awesome? • Who are the Friends of Robotics? • Where is the team headed? • What are the finances and expenses? • What were the biggest challenges last year? • How can parents help?
  30. 30. Finances • $35K budget (completely supported by corporate partners and covers very large entrance fees, parts, and other expenses that are completely different than the student fees) • corporate sponsorship • student fees (2 T-shirts, safety glasses, dinners during the week, the Kick-off Meeting, meals at Midwest)
  31. 31. Team Support • significant financial and mentoring support from: Navistar, Motorola Solutions, Exelon, Molex, Grid Connect, and Lextech! • significant materials and fabrication support from: Cut, Create, Invent! • grant from NNHS Boosters!
  32. 32. Student Fees • $190 due November 12th • covers: • two new t-shirts and one pair of safety glasses • lunch at kickoff • dinner at weekday meetings (Monday, Wednesday and Thursday as well as final build day) • transportation and meals for Midwest Regional (Fri & Sat) • does not cover: • any other competitions (Rock City or Championship) • contact Geoff Schmit or Mark Rowzee if the fee is prohibitive
  33. 33. Tonight’s Agenda • Why is robotics awesome? • Who are the Friends of Robotics? • Where is the team headed? • What are the finances and expenses? • What were the biggest challenges last year? • How can parents help?
  34. 34. Challenges • Feeding 60+ students • Challenge of keeping students positively engaged • Challenges managing dozens of students at regional competitions
  35. 35. Signup • We need parents to signup for two volunteer opportunities • 1. Pickup food and cleanup • 2. Chaperone until 9 pm (all chaperones must complete background check with District 203) • If you provided a contact email you will receive a link. • If not, send an email to gschmit@Naperville203.org to be added to the group distribution and cc: team3061.friends.of.robotics@gmail.com to receive the link.
  36. 36. More Volunteers Needed • Pickup the kit of parts on Kickoff Day at IIT in Chicago. 2 people. • Spirit wear. Collect $, order and distribute at meeting. 1-2 people. • Yard Signs proclaiming how amazing your kid is. Pickup and Distribution. 1-2 people. (nnhsboosters.org/wp-content/ uploads/2014/07/Winter-Season-14-15.pdf). • Pickup lunch on Kickoff Day. Drop off, cleanup at NNHS Small Cafe. 1 Person.
  37. 37. Help! • share potential corporate sponsors (financial, materials, facilities, mentors) • mentor (engineering, marketing, communications, business, software) • cheer at the Regional Competitions • volunteer!
  38. 38. Be a Mentor • Mentor Kickoff Meeting; Wednesday, November 12, 6pm in room 115
  39. 39. Outreach • Why is outreach important? • Part of the mission of FIRST • Developing future interest in the team • Leadership and mentoring opportunities • Value for our sponsors
  40. 40. Upcoming Outreach Opportunities • Mentoring FLL teams - Thursdays, Fridays, Sundays (ongoing) • FLL Scrimmages - Nov 8-9 and Nov 21-22 • FLL Tournament - Dec 5, 6, and 7 • Info available on Canvas - please encourage your students to sign up.
  41. 41. Help Your Daughter or Son Prioritize • FRC is the hardest fun they will ever have • for some, Huskie Robotics will be the seminal event of high school • robotics is addictive • academics must come first; students are never required to be at meetings and never required to stay for the entire meeting • we will not allow students to participate in meetings or competitions if they are failing as defined by NNHS policy (2 classes).
  42. 42. Communication • Geoff Schmit: gschmit@naperville203.org • Mark Rowzee: mrowzee@naperville203.org • Kyle Girup: kgirup@naperville203.org • public web site: http://team3061.org/ • Canvas: all critical information and forms • Friends of Robotics: team3061.friends.of.robotics@gmail.com
  43. 43. Parent Mailing List • sign up tonight • send me an email: gschmit@naperville203.org • This will help ensure that you can signup to volunteer online.

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