1511 works on building leadership throughout the team, year round. All students are encouraged to take leadership roles at different times through the year. Here are the major ways 1511 promotes Leadership!
The Leadership Boot Camp is a full day training held over the summer or in the fall. It is designed to
be helpful to both students and mentors and is based on several very popular leadership books. There are lots of workshops and activities to get participants working on their new skills immediately. This has been a very valuable training for our student leaders!
Our former Lead Mentor first presented this camp in 2006. She also presented "How to run a Leadership Boot Camp" at the Championship Conferences for two years, as well as a seminar on "Motivation." The documents are linked here.
How to Run a Leadership Boot Camp
Motivating Yourself and Others
Rolling Thunder's Leadership selection is a 3-step process:
To manage the various sections of building a robot, our team is divided into subteams by subject. To keep those subteams organized, a student is appointed leader of that subteam, with the responsibilites of keeping that subteam's wiki page up to date, taking attendance, keeping meeting notes, and writing task notes among other responsibilities.
To keep student initiative high, students are encouraged to lead events such as robot demonstrations, community service activities, fun team events, and fundraisers. They set up times, dates, and organize all the details associated with creating and running an event.