In order to help other FRC teams be successful (especially rookie teams), Team 4994 has collected and posted useful information here, in our Resources section. Below you will find useful FRC Web Links and documents that we have created. If you have any questions about any of our information, feel free to contact us.
Rookie team "must haves"
FIRST Fundraising Toolkit
Every team (Rookie or not) needs to fund their program. This toolkit is a great place to get started. Remember that it is good to diversify your income, in the event that you lose a source. The Fundraising Toolkit has a variety of sample documents from a wide variety of successful team.
National Instruments FRC Support
This is a instrumental resource for software downloads, LabVIEW programming, product specs and much more!
Every FRC team needs a website. Team 4994 has found Weebly to be the best! This entire site was created (for free) through Weebly. You also have the option to purchase a .com once you have the funds.
Autodesk for Education
Free Software! That's right FREE full versions of all kinds of software for students, teachers and schools! Create an account and you will soon be using programs like Inventor, AutoCAD, Maya and 3ds Max!
Other great Resources
Chief Delphi Forums
This is a discussion forum used to discuss the FIRST Robotics Competition.
Kingston Robo-Cards' Documents
Robo-Cards Sponsorship Packet
These are the documents that we use to reach out to potential sponsors. We also send a packet along with our thank you letters and Certificate of Thanks to those who did sponsor us.
Every team needs a business plan, this is our current one. The business plan is a document that is constantly evolving as your team grows and matures.
New Member Application
It is important to grow your team. Rookie teams usually consist of about 10 to 15 members and it is a good idea to keep a new team small until you are able to create jobs for larger teams.
Rookie Lessons Learned.
"Communication is vital, communication with in the team and with other teams... You never know when you will need help and having open communication makes getting that help a whole lot easier."
"Plan, Plan, Plan. It's exciting to start building a robot, especially your first ever robot, but take the time (like the whole first week of the build) to plan every aspect of the robot. After that, order your parts and stick to the plan, otherwise you end up doing a lot of re-engineering and making changes on the fly."
"Read ALL of the rules and have at least one person dedicated to knowing ALL of the rules. Or else you will end up fixing a lot of violations and finishing your robot with minutes to spare before your first match!"