Babblings of an aging geek in love with the Absurd, his family, and his own hubris.... oh, and Lisp.

Pigmice Organization

First Problem


Build Season is Too Short and Too much Work

  • Our entire team often work sequentially.
  • Team mates are often unclear what to do.
  • Teams unclear what to deliver to others.

How can we effectively work together?

Sub Team Structure

Each Captain structures their team into sub-teams.

Each sub-team needs:

  • Leadership:
    • A Lead / Student Mentor
    • Leads need Assistants (probably Freshmen)
  • Clear responsibility
  • Ownership

Teams do not need silos. (What’s a silo?)

Sub Teams Structure

Sub-teams allow us to:

  • Work in parallel
  • Clear products and deliverables
  • Defined Knowledge

Second Problem


100 Freshmen are interested in Pigmice
15 come back the next week
5 stay and become contributing members

We need to engage new members!

Engaging New Members

New members need to know the following:

  1. What our Robotics Team is/does
  2. Why join?
  3. Their potential place in our organization
  4. How they can be productive

What We Do

Clearly, this is pretty easy to explain.

  • FRC
  • Pigmice
  • Outreach and Service Projects
  • Our team structure

Why Join?

Place Pigmice and FRC in a larger context.

  • Mad Skillz
    • Learning STEM by applying STEM
    • Building Large Projects
    • Leadership and Mentorship
  • Helping the community and your school
  • Community Outreach
  • Part of a team

Your Place in Pigmice

Our Team Structure shows their potential place, but how would a new member know where they fit?

Each team and subteam should:

  • Give a presentation explaining their group
  • Make a demonstration to show off what they do
  • Create a small project for new students to try

That’s a lot of stuff to finish over the summer!

Being Productive

How can new member learn basics quickly?

How do most students learn? How did you learn?

  • Online?
  • Lessons?
  • Projects?

At the beginning of the school year, you’ll be teaching all the new students.

Are you ready?