Team Roles

Designosaurs Team Roles:
Chief Strategist:
• Discusses ways to help the team be successful in competition.
• Understands the game rules and challenges thoroughly.
• Gathers input from other team members to influence strategy.
• Responsible for documenting rejected and final strategies.
• Keeps up with any rule updates to ensure team compliance.
• Searches the Internet for discussion by other teams regarding what works.
• Make sure that our secret strategies do not fall into enemy hands.
• Selectively spread misleading information (do not lie).
• Gathers intelligence information on other teams via competitions, informal gatherings, websites, etc. and puts data into spreadsheet for future alliance selection.

Mechanical – Chassis and Drive Poobah:
• Investigates different solutions to solve mechanical design challenges related to the robot chassis & drive.
• Uses team brainstorming & practice build sessions to make decisions about final chassis and drive mechanical design.
• Communicates and tests to ensure that all mechanisms on the robot work effectively together.
• Works with the Chief Compliance Officer to test and refine robot design.
• Enter into CAD.
• Regularly monitors forums for rule updates, to ensure team compliance.
• Responsible for the final integrity of the chassis and drive components of the robot.

Mechanical – Arm & Hand Honcho:
• Investigates different solutions to solve mechanical design challenges related to the robot arm & hand.
• Uses team brainstorming & practice build sessions to make decisions about final arm and hand mechanical design.
• Communicates and tests to ensure that all mechanisms on the robot work effectively together.
• Works with the Chief Compliance Offier team to test and refine robot design.
• Enter into CAD.
• Regularly monitors forums for rule updates, to ensure team compliance.
• Responsible for the final integrity of the arm and hand components of the robot.

Code Slinger:
• Familiar with both Robot C & Samantha module.
• Writes well-commented programs for both the autonomous & teleop parts of the competition.
• Alters the programs as necessary.
• Regularly monitors forums for rule updates, to ensure team compliance.
• Ensures there is a hard copy of the program at events.
• At events, makes any changes the drive team needs in order to be more efficient during the controlled portion of
the match.
• Offers assistance to teams that are new to programming.
Electrician:
• Responsible for designing and connecting the electrical infrastructure.
• Maintain current wiring diagram.
• Checks electrical integrity before all competitions.
Organizational Specialist:
• Understands the function of hardware elements and tools in the kit.
• Organizes and monitors the use and location of all hardware and tools needed for building and maintaining the robot.
• Responsible for maintaining the organization of all parts and tools.
• Keeps track of all wiring necessary to program the robot.
• Keeps track of all power strips and batteries needed for the robot.
• Manages the battery charging process.
Chief Compliance Officer:
• Regularly monitors forums and FIRST resources for rule updates, to ensure team compliance.
• Conducts independent tests of the robot’s performance to identify potential problems and areas for improvement.
• Tests for functions that do not work reliably and makes recommendations for improvements.
• Responsible for thoroughly knowing the competition rules and point distributions
• Documents all tests and results in the engineering notebook.
• Makes sure our robot passes pre-competition inspection.

Master of Documentation:
• Records and documents the team’s activities, actions, failures, and successes in the engineering notebook.
• Makes sure that all required components of the documentation process are completed.
• Follows up on all team members to make sure they have included their background information and robotic goals for the year in the notebook.
• Takes photos or video footage of build process, and events for use in outreach efforts.
Note: All team members should contribute to documentation in some way, especially in the engineering notebook.

Webmaster:
• Responsible for creating and maintain the team’s website.

Pit Boss:
• Creates safety and robot functionality checklists throughout the build season, to be used at scrimmages
and competition events.
• Conducts thorough safety and robot functionality checks regularly at all events.
• After each match, ensures that all nuts and bolts are tight, that metal is not bent or impairing motion, and that all
wires are still firmly attached.
• Ensures that all materials and tools used for repair are accounted for and returned to the appropriate location after game play.
• Understands and uses safety precautions at all times in the pit.

Team Public Relations Representative:
• Lead the group when talking to judges, scouts or guests in the pit during competition.
• Promote FTC® and their team by speaking at community outreach events or team demonstrations.
• Understands each team member’s role in order to direct more specific questions to those individuals when necessary.

Scouting / Data Collection:
• Monitor other team websites, YouTube videos, etc. to get information about their robot cababilties & strategy.
• Systematically interview and observe other teams prior to competition to obtain information about their robot.
• Carefully collect data during competition meets on how each robot actually performs during matches.
• Collect information on how other teams’ strategy changes when working with other teams in competition.
• Use data to inform driving strategy during matches and to select alliances in the elimination matches if necessary.

Drivers:
Note: The person assigned to each role will be the go-to person and the person that will be responsible and accountable for the role. The assigned person can delegate to other members in the group as they see fit.

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