1511 works on building leadership throughout the team, year round. All students are encouraged to take on leadership roles at throughout 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!
Leadership Boot Camp Suggested Schedule (10 - 15 students)
Leadership Boot Camp Compromise Activity (Please note, this is original material created by 1511's Team Leader, Larry Lewis, based on an actual FRC game.)
Leadership Boot Camp Survey - this is the survey we provide at the end of Boot Camp so that we can modify it for next year. You can also modify the survey to ask these questions prior to a Boot Camp to determine what your students would like to learn about.
Presentation from the 2015 Championship Conferences: Leadership Boot Camp: Training Your Students in Leadership
Presentation from the 2014 Championship Conferences: Leadership Boot Camp
Our former Lead Mentor, Kim Eckhardt, 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 below:
How to Run a Leadership Boot Camp
Motivating Yourself and Others
Rolling Thunder's Leadership selection is a 4-step process:
We require our student leaders and their parents to sign a contract to some basic rules we require of our student leaders. Having clear expectations of your students is key.
Here is a list of the Student Leadership Roles and their duties. These change every year based on the new student leadership's preference, what the team's goals are for the future, and what are the team's needs. Students will select which role(s) they would like to fulfill. Also, note that we have primary and secondary students in each of these roles so that the senior students can train the new students in these roles, working side by side.
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.