Become a Mentor

At Highland School, we take pride in maintaining a student-run robotics program.  In this way, we create a valuable learning experience and allow the students’ amazing creativity to shine through.  As mentors, we each contribute experience and advise and create the framework for a program teaching a wide range of technical and business skills.  But most importantly, we want everyone involved to have fun!

Being a school program, we deal with the fact that students and mentors move on in life.  This makes it very important to constantly focus on the training and recruitment of new team members and mentors.  If you would like to volunteer some of your time to help in any of the areas listed below, please contact our Upper School Division Director, Cassin Bertke (cbertke@highlandschool.org).  The role of the mentor is to work side by side with motivated students to help guide them through a terrific educational experience. 

Mentors are always needed for:

Build Team

  • Electrical- Wiring design and construction for the robot.
  • Mechanical- Managing shop activities and robot construction, the pit area during competitions, and ensuring safety procedures are followed.
  • Programming- Development of the software to control the robot.
  • Strategy- Understanding competition rules and rule book requirements and translating them into a game strategy and design requirements

Business Team

  • Finance- Tracking expenses; preparing and maintain an operating budget; and maintaining a Bill of Materials for the robot including cost for each part used.
  • Fundraising- Soliciting donations and corporate sponsors for the team; preparing grants; and organizing team fundraising activities.
  • Marketing- Developing a theme for the team, including uniforms, slogan, mascot, robot name, and pit theme decoration; design posters and buttons; maintaining website; and creating press releases and competition flyers.
  • Outreach- Planning community events to interact with the local community and businesses.

Competition Manager

  • Coordinates logistics or lodging for the team.

Program Management

  • Coordinate overall program Activities.  These can include oversight of plans, schedules, and finances; maintaining a business plan and formulating goals for sustainability; preparing an annual report at the conclusion of the season.

Team Parent

  • Organizes season parties and food during build season.

 

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