Runnymede Robotics uses sub-teams to organize the team activities during the pre-season, build-season, and tournaments.
The build division’s goal is to design the robot, prototype concepts and apply what they learn from the prototype concepts into building a competitive robot. The build division is broken down into the following working sub-teams: Each sub-team focuses on different parts of the robot to spread out the work and make building the robot easier.
Robot sub-teams are very time intensive and require a commitment of 15 hours/week during the build and tournament seasons (Jan-Apr - 2 nights per week and Saturdays).
The Construction team is responsible for designing, prototyping, fabricating and assembling the test robot and the competition robot (i.e. frame, structure, motors, mechanical systems and mobility systems). They also trouble shoot and repair the robots during competition.
Electrical / Pneumatics Team
Electrical and Pneumatics is responsible for the electrical and pneumatic components of the robots that enable the robot’s components to mechanically lift, rotate, move or grip to perform a task. They, along with the construction and programming teams, are essential members of the pit crew.
Programming is responsible for coordinating all of the computer-controlled components of the robot mechanics to enable the operators to perform the task/game. It involves programming a micro controller in Java to control all of the motors and pneumatics on the robot.
The business division’s focus is to design and manage the marketing, communications, promotions, and administration aspects of Team 1310.
The awards team is responsible for preparing award submissions. Team 1310 has submitted presentations in the past for the Chairman’s Award and the Woodie Flowers Award. This Chairman’s Award honours the team that best represents a model for other teams to emulate and best embodies the purpose and goals of FIRST. The Woodie Flowers award recognizes outstanding mentors.
The Multi-media team is responsible for capturing the images and videos that tell the season's story. The multi-media team uses their skills to support the building of awards submissions, to add to the web content, and to provide pictures for all of the teams' documents.
The Promotions team is responsible for creating the promotional aspects of Team 1310 including: naming, team logo, graphics, advertising, team mascot, banners, give aways, buttons, team clothing, etc. The Promotions team also organizes and manages school and community based fund-raising events.
The Corporate Promotions team is responsible for seeking and securing corporate and community sponsorship. The team creates sponsorship materials and promotes the team to businesses and local community representatives with the goal of raising awareness, building relationships and securing sponsorship needed to cover the costs of running Team 1310.
The strategy division’s focus is on the game strategy, and on forming alliances with partner teams. In order to find ideal alliance partners, a lot of scouting is required at tournaments.
Game Strategy Team
Before competitions, the strategy team meets to deliberate and strategize about the team's approach to the robot game. They review elements of the game and prepare a strategy to obtain the most amount of points possible, and to maximize collaboration with other alliance partners. The Strategy team is responsible for researching rules for the competition and developing strategies to help Team 1310 compete. Game plans for different scenarios are also prepared.
Competition Scouting Team
Competition Scouting is the responsibility of all team members during tournaments. All team members are automatically signed up for the Competition Scouting Team.
During competitions the scouting team observes all other FIRST Robotics teams during matches to get an idea of their strengths, weaknesses and other possible game strategies so as to identify potential completion alliances that would best complement Team 1310. They follow a certain scouting process that involves scouting sheets, a data base and critical thinking to rank all teams for alliance selection. Students also make connections by introducing Team 1310 to all the other teams from all around the world that are present in the competition.