Team 4534 was formed as a community-based robotics team by UNCW students for the purpose of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education of high school students. The team’s success depends on the support and participation of parents, students, and the local community.
Profile of a Team 4534 Student
- Is a team player with a positive attitude.
- Treats all other team members with utmost respect and does not discriminate based on gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, or ability.
- Self-motivated and hard working.
- Willing to learn and be open to new ideas.
- Willing to prioritize Team 4534 over other extracurricular activities.
- Willing to commit substantial time to the program, including:
- Meetings, demonstrations, and presentations as scheduled.
- Attending emergency meetings when needed.
- Show an appreciation for the time and monetary support provided by mentors, parents, and sponsors to make this team possible.
- Exhibit Gracious Professionalism when working within the team and representing the team, both in person and virtually
- Willing to help maintain the team’s resources (cleaning up the build space, moving/packing team equipment, etc.).
- Show academic responsibility for school commitments (maintain a B average in all classes).
- During all Team 4534 events and activities, students will follow rules of conduct or behavior and all procedures as required by the Student Code of Conduct.
- All students are expected to follow the requests of the mentors/coaches. In turn, mentors/coaches are expected to listen to students.
- Students may be removed from the team by a vote of the mentors/coaches for lack of participation or behavior that is not appropriate if all other means of correcting the problem are ineffective.
Cost of Participation
- All student team members are required to a non-refundable registration fee of $300 per student due no later than 7 days after registering. If this fee will be a hardship, please see the coach as early as possible to apply for a scholarship.
- Students are responsible for travel costs and must travel with the team using the team’s accommodations. Community fundraising, sponsorship, and non-profit status will be used to help reduce that cost as much as possible. Plan to budget approximately $600 for travel to two district events and the NC State Championships. World Championships will be addressed with separate fundraising and have an estimated cost of $750/student before fundraising.
Unsafe Behavior: If any dangerous or unsafe behavior is discovered during team events, activities, or gatherings, parents will be contacted. Dangerous behavior is not tolerated and, depending on severity, may lead to dismissal from the team.
Student Drivers: It is not the mentor or coach’s responsibility to monitor student drivers. While students are on team time, they may not drive with other students unless specific parent permission has been granted on both sides each time.
Student Relationships: Like supervisors/managers in the workplace, it is not the mentor or coach’s responsibility to monitor personal relationships between students. If relationships (good or bad, male or female) impact the team or become a distraction to the rest of the team, means will be taken to minimize that effect through separation of students and their activities. If it continues to be a distraction to the team, parents will be notified.
Handling Conflicts or Disagreements: If a student, parent, mentor or coach has a disagreement or a problem with a specific decision or in how things are being handled in general, it is up to them to talk directly with the person involved. If you feel unable to talk with the person involved, please talk with an adult on the team who can mediate. It is inappropriate to talk about personal disagreements with Team 4534 students, mentors, coaches, or parents to other FRC teams or other people not involved.
Being an Integral Part of the Team: More student time involved with the team and placing FRC as a higher priority means:
- Personal ownership and pride of the team and its goals and direction.
- Cross functional learning.
- More skills learned, used, and reinforced.
- Stronger relationships with team members and mentors.