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NAC July 2020 Update
Posted on 07/14/2020
Updates - First RoboticsGood afternoon team!

I hope you’re all enjoying the fantastic weather we’ve been having lately and have had the opportunity to be outside and get some fresh air and sunshine!  We’ve been doing some major landscaping at the Schuff house and were smart enough to do it during the hottest and most humid week of the summer!  When will we learn?

I wanted to take a few minutes to provide you with an update on recent team activities and planning for postponed and future activities.  While much of the future is up in the air due to the ongoing pandemic, the team is still making plans for the upcoming year as well as contingency plans based on direction provided by the AASD.

Team Banquet
The end-of-year banquet that never happened will likely be rolled into a welcome back gathering in the fall.  At this time we are hoping for an event to take place in mid- to late-September on a Saturday so all current and alumni members can participate.  This event would be different from our traditional picnic/banquet with regards to food and beverage, serving, and social distancing.  We are working out the details and will keep you informed as plans evolve.

2020 Graduates
One of our team’s long-standing traditions is a gift for all graduates of the team and this year, regardless of how oddly it ended, is no exception.  The gift is an embroidered team blanket and we want to make sure we get them to all the graduates before the end of summer on the off chance that we have to postpone or cancel our fall banquet/welcome back event.  Keep an eye on your email for details on how we plan to get your blanket to you.

Team Meetings
We continue to meet online every other Thursday through our regularly scheduled Google Meet.  These meetings provide an opportunity for updates on subcommittee activities, robot redesign efforts, and other general team items.  Recently we’ve been discussing leadership selection pertaining to president, vice-president, and functional group leads.  Student input on how we select our team’s leaders is welcomed and encouraged.  We’ll be discussing this in more detail at this Thursday’s meeting.

As mentioned before, we’ve sorted our efforts into nine different subcommittees.  Students should select one or two subcommittees to get involved in to help move the team forward.  The subcommittees include:
Team Culture and Values
Team Bonding and Fun
Training Camp
Leadership Development
FLL Development
FRC Team Workshops
Team Branding
Each one of these subcommittees is meeting regularly between the bi-weekly team meetings to establish plans for improving our team’s engagement of students, increasing the competitiveness of our robots, and expanding our visibility in the community.  It is critical that students be involved in these activities and play a role in the leadership of new team initiatives.

Shared Drive
The team now has a shared Google Drive that will contain relevant team information moving forward.  The work we’ve been doing through late spring and into summer can be found there including notes from the subcommittees, a team calendar (Google Sheet), and a document that provides an overview of our recent initiatives titled 2020-21 NAC Continuous Improvement Plan.  The improvement plan document has a table on the second page where you can sign up for the subcommittee(s) you plan to participate in and the calendar contains meeting dates/times and links to the Google Meet.

Please stay engaged with your team and watch your email inbox for other important information as it becomes available.  The silver lining of this pandemic is that it has given us an opportunity to reimagine what we want our team to be and make big plans for the future.  I hope you’ll be part of the process.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

Thanks and have a great week!

Mr. Schuff
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