Members of S.E.A.L Robotics Team are typically high school students, ages 15-18.
All Team Members are Required to:
Be on time
Attend all Team Meetings
Take Initiative and Work Independently
Act Responsibly and Stay on Task
Research, Listen, and Learn
Be Respectful to all Team Members and Mentors
Keep up with Team Communications
Team members must be willing to learn, able to follow directions well, and willing to take initiative to work outside of meetings during the week on tasks. Experience with robotics, programming, or just designing and building things is is very helpful.
We strongly encourage and rely on parent involvement in the team, as most of our current adult mentors are parents. Particularly, parents who have building or engineering experience and are willing to work with their kids and their team mates are the key to the success of this team.
Because some of the tools we work with can be dangerous, we provide training and require an adult mentor to supervise team members at all times. Team Members are in charge of producing their first designs on paper, and then prototyping their design, before the final product is produced. Although the members are in charge of the building process, adult mentors are there every step of the way to provide guidance and ensure safety. This method provides priceless experience to be able to conceive ideas and then build them in real life.
Some comments from current and former team members.
Brock (former robotics team member, now a team mentor)- "Being part of robotics has truly helped me to become a better person. Before I joined at the age of 13, I was quite shy and didn't like to do group activities. When I started robotics I got involved and really enjoyed doing the mechanical work. I became the lead engineer allowing me to learn a lot about leadership and team building. Since then, I have helped found two robotics teams, both of which have advanced to the International World Championship Competitions. Overall this has been a great experience that has helped me to learn a lot. (Brock is a mentor for the SEAL Robotics Team)
Oliver Voorhees (former team member, and now a freshman in Chemical Engineering at NC State) - "Being part of this team has taught me loads about engineering and programming, as well as coordination and leadership skills. The ability to work with other people towards a common goal is extremely important and something I developed further on the team. I find myself learning new things every meeting, and being taught new skills as well."