Runnymede Robotics uses sub-teams to organize the team activities during the pre-season, build-season, and tournaments. During the build season and tournament season, the team will be operating from Mon-Thurs (3:00-9:00pm), and on Saturdays (9:00am-3:00pm).
Robotics is a very time-intensive activity and requires a minimum commitment of 6 hours/week, over 2 days during the build and tournament seasons (Jan-Apr). Students not meeting this minimum commitment may be asked to leave the team.
Functional Team leaders, and many students involved in robotics often spend 20+ hours per week working with the team.
Students can sign up to be part of the Build, Programming, Communications or Strategy Divisions. All of these teams require significant commitment so it is recommended to sign up for only one or two divisions. Each division will determine their own structure to best accomplish their goals.
The build division’s goal is to design and build the robot.
The Build Division uses a matrix organizational structure. Each robot functional team is a student-led design and manufacturing team. The Functional Team Leaders and team members are assisted by mentors who help to teach the students the skills that they need to implement the student's vision for the robot. Our functional organization looked like this last year.
All Students in the Build Division must have Safety Training. In addition to safety training, some of the sub-teams (like Programming and Electrical/Pneumatics) require additional specialty training.
Industry mentors help the students to create the robot, prototype concepts and apply what they learn from the prototype concepts into building a competitive robot. The build division is broken down into the following working sub-teams: Each sub-team focuses on different parts of the robot to spread out the work and make building the robot easier.
The Programming sub-team is responsible for coordinating all of the computer-controlled components of the robot mechanics to enable the operators to perform the task/game. It involves programming a micro controller in Java to control all of the motors and pneumatics on the robot. The Programming sub-team works largely independently of the Build Division teams - using practice platforms to test the robot code. The Programming sub-team is not open to Grade 9 or 10 students without a teacher recommendation.
The Communications division’s focus is to design and manage the marketing, communications, promotions, and administration aspects of Team 1310. It will consist of the following sub-teams.
Outreach and Awards
The Awards team is responsible for the strategy around awards, and preparing award submissions. Part of the mission of FIRST is spreading the word about FIRST, and engaging the community in STEM activities. Runnymede Robotics organizes outreach activities and helps elementary and middle school students to participate is LEGO robotics competitions, including holding one of the TDSB competitions.
Team 1310 has submitted presentations in the past for the Chairman’s Award and the Woodie Flowers Award. This Chairman’s Award honours the team that best represents a model for other teams to emulate and best embodies the purpose and goals of FIRST. The Woodie Flowers award recognizes outstanding mentors.
The Communication Channels team is responsible for the strategy around communications, and for collecting and posting media about the team.
The Promotions team is responsible for creating the promotional aspects of Team 1310 including: naming, team logo, graphics, advertising, team mascot, banners, giveaways, buttons, team clothing, etc. The Promotions team also organizes and manages school and community based fund-raising events.
The Corporate Promotions team is responsible for seeking and securing corporate and community sponsorship. The team creates sponsorship materials and promotes the team to businesses and local community representatives with the goal of raising awareness, building relationships and securing sponsorship needed to cover the costs of running Team 1310.
The strategy division’s focus is on the game strategy, and on forming alliances with partner teams throughout the season. In order to find ideal alliance partners, a lot of scouting is required at tournaments.
Before competitions, the strategy team meets to deliberate and strategize about the team's approach to the robot game. They review elements of the game and prepare a strategy to obtain the most amount of points possible, and to maximize collaboration with other alliance partners. The Strategy team is responsible for researching rules for the competition and developing strategies to help Team 1310 compete. Game plans for different scenarios are also prepared.
During competitions the Runnymede leverages scouting for a competitive advantage. The Scouting team observes all other FIRST Robotics teams during matches to get an idea of their strengths, weaknesses and other possible game strategies so as to identify potential completion alliances that would best complement Team 1310.