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Draft – 2015 Build Season Team Working Agreement

We have a Mars Wars team which has opportunity throughout approximately 46 weeks during the year in Robotics to participate, go to off-season competitions, etc.

This working agreement is for the team of students selected for the 6 week build season to build the FRC competition robot also known as the Varsity Build Team
This working agreement is owned by that team and will be agreed upon by the entire build season team, if a new team member comes onto the that team, will need to revisit

Working session days/hours
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 6-8pm

      5:45-6:00pm students are expected to be signing in and in their working areas or meeting rooms
      6-8pm working with full mentor involvement

Saturday 9am-3pm

Team Meetings
Startup/Cooldown Meetings – sub-team share efforts

      Saturdays after lunch
      Monday 5:45-6pm

Quick Standup Meeting

    Tuesday and Thursday 6-6:05pm

Meals
Asking for parents to signup to provide meals on Saturdays

Expectation while in working session
Responsible phone usage
Knowing what you’re going to work on before you come in
Not on youtube or playing games

Communication about changes in meeting times / snow days / locations
Remind Text
Forum Announcements
Web site parent section

Attendance requirements
Attend 80% of scheduled meetings (attend entire meeting)

Definition of on time
In the meeting room or with your sub-team by stated start time

Track attendance
Sign in Sheet
Sign in before scheduled start time

Forecast absence
Text any know absences to team Voice number with: Absent – Full Name and Date
or
Enter absence on the team forum under the “Report Meeting Absences [Team Only Access]” forum (must be logged into the forum to see that option under the Administration category)

Sub-Teams

      Mechanical
      Modeling
      Electrical
      Programming

Track and manage team activities
Manage all team activity in Trello, display on TV in team area

Drivers
Selected by week 3
Signups by week 2

Fund Raising
Attend a fund raiser event (IGA, etc) or sell 10 bulbs
Participation highly recommended for team members
Participation entitles member to team jacket

Travel to competitions and participate with build team
Meet the 80% attendance requirement (must attend entire session)

Interviews
Format – student and mentor or board of mentors
Questions: Availability, interests, why do you want to be there

Manufacturing Expo 10/21

 October 21 , 2014

On Tuesday the Mars Wars team visited the 2014 manufacturing Expo in

While there, the Team demonstrated the phoenix robot.

Other teams that were there include Icarus, Robot Casserole, Roboteers.

MarsWars Social Media Policy

MS Word Version – MarsWars Social Media Policy

MarsWars Social Media Policy

MarsWars.org
• Information posted online is to be written by students, but approved by a mentor. This is maintained by restricted access to the account password. . Recognition of sponsors, promoting MarsWars and FIRST, and information sharing are the primary purpose of the team account. The web site will provide an online history of the team and it’s activities. It will also be used to communicate with parents and sponsors. Public Comments will not be allowed on the website.
• Each season, there will be a student designated to ensure MarsWars.org is kept up to date.

Twitter
• Tweets to be written by students, but approved by a mentor. This is maintained by restricted access to the account password. Recognition of sponsors, promoting MarsWars and FIRST, and information sharing are the primary purpose of the team account.
• The goal is to tweet weekly during the school year with more frequent tweets during build season and competitions. Tweets may be suggested by any students or mentors. If there is no suggestions in a given week, a designated student will write a tweet for posting. Video links will either be from MarsWars.org or the team YouTube channel.
• MarsWars will not follow any students and will only follow individuals if there is a business case for it. For example, following Woody Flowers would be acceptable. The primary accounts to be followed are other FIRST Teams, sponsors and potential sponsors and educational institutions.

Facebook
• The MarsWars facebook page will be a public page. Posts to be written by students, but approved by a mentor. This is maintained by restricted access to the account password. The goal is to post weekly updates of what the team has been working on. This can be done by writing a summary or providing links to MarsWars.org or the teams YouTube Channel. Video links will either be from MarsWars.org or the team YouTube channel.
• The goal is to post weekly during the school year with more frequent posts during build season and competitions. Posts may be suggested by any students or mentors. If there is no suggestions in a given week, a designated student will write a posting.

• Recognition of sponsors, promoting MarsWars and FIRST, and information sharing are the primary purpose of the team account.

YouTube Channel
• The MarsWars YouTube channel will be open to the public and will have all posts approved by a mentor. This is maintained by restricted access to the account password. Recognition of sponsors, promoting MarsWars and FIRST, and information sharing are the primary purpose of the team account.

Texting
• Texting between mentors and students will be limited to official MarsWars communications that cannot reasonably be done during build sessions
• Remind.com may be used for reminders of build sessions and as a way to mass communicate with the team.

Other Social Media
• At this time, the team will not have snapchat, Instagram, or any other social media accounts.

Team Meeting 10/21

Tuesday October 21, 2014
Team meeting to work on MarsCars, frisbee shooter robot, modeling new swerve design and team planning.

Raising Money for Easter Seals 10/17

Friday October 17 , 2014

The week of October, 17th the Mars Wars team collected money for Easter Seals.

pie throwing

 

Six teachers from MTHS volunteered to have pies thrown at them via the Phoenix. The contestants were:

Ms. Wainman

Mrs. McCormick

Mr. Weyneth

Mrs. Sudbrink

Mr. Robertson

Mr. Stoecker

Students voted for which teacher they wanted by donating money into a can with their teacher’s name on it. The teacher with the most votes was Mr. Stoecker.

Brian

In the end, MarsWars raised $504.02. Mr. Stoecker received his pie in the face during halftime of the football game on Friday.

As a bonus, the Phoenix  successfully threw the game ball to the ref to start off the game.

Pack Up for Manufacturing Expo

Friday October 17, 2014
Pack up supplies for the manufacturing expo where the team will have a booth on Tuesday Oct 21.

Team Meeting 10/14

Tuesday October 14, 2014
Team meeting to work on MarsCars, frisbee shooter robot, modeling new swerve design and team planning.

Caterpillar Robotics Fair

Monday October 13, 2014
5 team members attended a Caterpillar FIRST robotics fair in Mossville, IL. The team had 2 robots, a 3D printer, CAD models, Barbie car and videos on display. There were several FRC, FTC and FLL teams attending. MarsWars members also got a tour of the Caterpillar Technical Center following the fair.

Load Supplies for Robotics Fair

Saturday October 11, 2014
Met to load supplies for the Caterpillar Robotics Fair on Monday. Found the modeling book! We have a large layout with 3 tables planned, 3D printer, TV, Go-Cart car project, Creo models to display and of course…. Robots

Pie Toss – Football Game

Friday October 10, 2014
Team attended the Metamora home football game with a booth and fundraiser. The team raised over $500 during the week for Easter Seals as students voted with their $ for which teacher would be the victim of a pie tossing robot during half time! The Phoenix also threw out the game ball at the start of the game. Students also sold light bulbs as a fundraiser for the team and the next MarsCars project.