October 27, 2010

FRC Rookie Mentor Camp

Team RUSH (FRC 27) is hosting its 3rd annual Rookie Mentor Camp on Saturday, November 6th from 8am - 3pm! It will be a one day training conference for all new and returning FIRST teams. The event will be hosted at Clarkston High School in Clarkston, MI and will cost $25/team of 2 mentors; which will cover the cost of the training document (Team RUSH 's "Tool Kit of Success") and a pizza/pop lunch.

Conference topics will cover every aspect of FIRST, from team recruiting and formation to robot construction and competition. The mentors of RUSH - with over 80 years of combined experience - will be hosting the sessions and answering questions.
Conference Agenda
Morning Session - 8am-11am
This discussion, along with Q&A, will be focused on "team". Main topics will include:

·    Tips and Tricks to starting and sustaining a team
·    Recruiting and retaining students
·    Examples of team/ business operations
·    Fund raising, sponsorships and budgets
·    Travel hints and tricks
·    Examples of our "process of continuous improvement"
·    One year calendar
Brief lunch break 11:00-11:30 (We will provide pizza/pop lunch)
Afternoon Session - 11:30am-3pm
This discussion, along with Q&A, will be focused on the build season, as well as designing and building a robot, and competition. Main topics will include:

·    Choosing a strategy
·    Working in sub-groups
·    Mentor responsibilities
·    Scheduling
·    Off the shelf components
·    Competitions
·    Shipping
·    Technical discussion, including motor selection, controls (Robots 101)
Quotes from last year's camp:
"This is a MUST for anyone starting a team!"
"From a team with experience, this camp has taken us to the next level of organization!"
Address of camp:
6094 Flemings Lake Road, Clarkston, MI 48346
Please pull around to the west side of the building and park by the tennis courts. Entry into the building will be in the BACK of CHS (there will be signs guiding you).

You may register for this event at: www.clarkston.k12.mi.us/mentorcamp