The non-engineering members of our team include web design and marketing; these members hold together the Tualatin robotics team. Web design is the public face of our team, they created our website and update it regularly to inform the public of what’s going on with both FRC and FTC. We have three web design members: Jeremiah, Alex, and Caleb. Jeremiah manages the pictures, Alex designs the layout of the site, and Caleb takes care of the writing aspect. Our marketing members handle the budget, sponsorships, advertising, the business plan, and many other elements. We have six marketing members that handle these jobs; Sarah is our marketing lead, and Hector is our second lead. The other four marketing members include Ashley, Jess, Avery, and German. For the upcoming regional competition, we, as a team, plan to be more enthusiastic and provide a lot of support for the members competing.
3192 has a unique team structure. We split into three sub-teams: programming, build, and marketing. Marketing is by far the most dynamic of the teams.
During the fall we focused on securing funding for the season and promoting our team to the local community. We visited Mentor Graphics and received the highest grant amount that they grant to any robotics team. In addition we got funding from Boeing, Symantec, the Juan Young Trust, Western Precision Products, Olympus Controls, and Tektronix. Some sponsors continued their sponsorship from previous years, some were new to this year. Just before winter break we did a flocking fundraiser to raise more funds for our team. (For anyone who doesn’t know what flocking is, it involves people paying for us to put plastic flamingos in someone else’s yard. The person then has to pay to have the flamingos removed.)
Another main focus during the fall was reworking the website for our team. Andrew B. designed and coded almost the entire website that is currently online. He was given an independent study related to web design so that he could create the website. It is now complete and is being updated with things we do throughout the season. Visit it here: http://thstechteam.org/
During the FRC build season we focus on creating a team image to present at the competition. We design costumes, design and order promotional items such as buttons and magnets, and design our pit. This year our theme is Tigard Engineering Corps. We are still in the process of finalizing the designs for our T-Shirts and promotional items and we hope to send off the designs to be printed by the end of this week.
There are a few non-engineering team members on our team. Greg B. is our resident photographer and videographer. He has spent many hours photographing the team and live streaming our work days. Greg tends to get right in the middle of the action taking photos and videos. And some build team members try to hide when they see Greg! Another key person on our team is Claire P. Claire has literally worked all year for the team. Since our team came back from 2012 Worlds Competition Claire has been a part of numerous presentations around our community. The Lions, Soroptomist Club, Kiwana’s, Rotary, School Admin meetings and the Chamber of Commerce to name a few. She also helped with the parades in the community and a Lego Camp too. Claire is my go-to person if I need something done for the team. She always says yes and always gives 100%. Claire is currently busy finalizing our chairman’s presentation and designing the Klamath Basin Robotics Pit! Thanks to all our non-engineering team members. These people only prove, it’s not just about the robot!!!!