We have two media liaisons, Ngoc Tran L. and Victoria D. that work on updating our webpages, putting together presentations and advertisements, and spreading word about the team. These jobs are split between the two. Victoria D. often takes care of the webpages while Ngoc Tran L. takes care of the public relations factor. The two girls work together in assembling presentations and advertisements for the team. Though they are not as active in building it programming the robot, these two often help out with the Mechanical team on small jobs. Both liaisons hope to have a flag for the team made by the Oregon Regionals this year.
As Team 1540’s members begin to have even more last-minute build sessions in order to finish the robot, non-robot subgroups are also getting a lot of work done. Team 1540 has six main non-robot groups: Chairman’s Submission, Video Production, Marketing, Outreach, Web, and Non-Robot Software.
The Chairman’s Submission team is showing creativity in reshuffling and working our Chairman’s essay down to 10,000 characters to make the February 21 deadline. They are also working with the Video Production team in order to produce our Chairman’s Video. A BunnyBots 2012 video is also in the making.
Marketing has been completing two main tasks: creating marketing material to hand out at the competition and drafting Team 1540’s first business plan. The marketing material includes the Program Book for the Chairman’s presentation, fliers about our team, and a robot spec sheet. The Business Plan is a new part of Team 1540. It describes the functions of our team, as well as organization, finance, and plans for growth.
The Outreach team has been working on a project for non-local teams that are coming to the Autodesk Oregon Regional. The team is compiling a list of food places and hardware stores close to the Memorial Coliseum, and printing it in a pamphlet. On the events side, a contingent of 1540 members just participated in a community LEGO event supporting the Children’s Developmental Health Institute in Portland on January 26, sharing Phoenix – our Rebound Rumble robot from last year.
The Web team has been working on adding more content to our website, and reworking the design a little. A collection of our outreach and events is being compiled, as is a introductory landing page for what we’re doing at the upcoming regionals. One of our web members is also currently working on our alumni website section.
Lastly, the Non-Robot Software team is building a high quality web app for competitive analysis. Team 1540 uses the web app to input live information from the stands about each team and their robot. The head scout can also then access the data in the pits when strategizing for the next match.
This year Team 997 expanded its sub teams to include animation, marketing and business. During the build season, these three groups became one sub team called Marketing and Media. The animator’s have been working hard animating graphics for the Chairman’s video, designing the aesthetic panels for the robot, and making spirit items for Regionals. The marketing and media team members have been hard at work as well writing the Chairman’s essay, weekly press releases, updating the team’s website and Face Book pages, and editing the Chairman’s video. The Marketing and Media’s final task before Regionals will be to finish the final aesthetic design for the robot and team pit.