Secondary Robotics Coaches Meeting

May 22, 2019

Thank You and De-brief of the Season

Let me begin by saying "Thank You!" for an incredible season this year.


We had a remarkable 35 secondary teams this season, sent 19 teams to the CA State Championship, and 8 teams to the World Championships! All of your hard work and dedication to this program is evident and TUSD Robotics is well known throughout our area and beyond.


Some things we learned this year that was shared by the coaches at the meeting were:


  • extra events in TUSD helped better prepare students
  • events help motivate students to meet deadlines
  • making a calendar of helps students reach the deadline
  • code of conduct implemented helped improve behavior and support
  • taking advantage of the Robot Skills part of the competition increased chances of going to State championships
  • engineering notebooks was vital to the building process and helped win awards
  • we had way more fun this year with school spirit, dressing up, ect..
https://youtu.be/_JVQOiw_OUU

Preparing for Next Season

Purchasing New Game Field Elements:

TPSF will provide some game field elements for each school site. If you would like an entire field, you will need to purchase this with school site funds. Just please let me know so I do not order too many game field elements.


Begin Thinking About Your Calendar (Practices, Deadlines, Tournaments)


Other Items You May Want to Purchase:


  • Engineering Notebooks- VEX
  • Back Up V5 Motors
  • Back Up V5 Brains
  • Back Up V5 Brain Batteries
  • Back Up Charging Cables
  • Back up V5 Joysticks
  • USB Data Sync Cables- be careful with magnets....

New Tiered Stipend System

Link to Document


In order to try and recognize the number of hours it takes to coach build a strong robotics program, we are beginning to raise the stipend amount for robotics coaches. This will continue to be revisited over time to eventually create equity between the HS sports coaches and HS TUSD Robotics Coaches.


Two Tiers for Secondary Coaches Next Year:


Option A: $860

Competitive Season Running August Through February

Responsibilities:

  • Teach students the engineering design process and notebooking
  • Introduce and follow the suggested timeline

  • Support students in choosing a robot to build

  • Teach students the rules of the game including Robot Skills

  • Provide coding lessons and support

  • Support driving practice

  • Host approx 3 three hours of practice a week

  • Attend 2 TUSD Tournaments


Option B: $1,800

Competitive Season Running August Through February

Responsibilities:

  • Teach students the engineering design process and notebooking
  • Introduce and follow the suggested timeline

  • Support students in choosing a robot to build

  • Teach students the rules of the game including Robot Skills

  • Provide coding lessons and support

  • Support driving practice

  • Host approx 5 hours of practice a week

  • Attend 2 TUSD Tournaments + 3 Additional Tournaments



Bonus Stipends for Coaches who qualify teams and attend:

CA State Championship held in March= $250

World Championship held in April= $250

Mark Your Calendars!

TUSD Teams will be registered early for the tournaments below. Principals will be emailed to provide a budget code for $50 per team for 2 tournaments. All additional tournaments are at full price = $150


September 21, 2019- Beckman Robopatties MS/HS Tournament


October 5, 2019- Beckman Robopatties MS/HS Tournament


November 2nd, 2019- Robohawks MS Only Tournament


December 7th, 2019- TUSD MS/HS Tournament


January 11th. 2020- TUSD MS Only Tournament


February 1st, 2020- TUSD MS/HS TUSD Only Tournament- Mandatory for all teams

Link to Survey

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Thanks again for everything and have a wonderful summer vacation!
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Resources Coming

  • YouTube Channel for TUSD Robotics
  • Updates to Haiku Site