Thursday, January 5, 2012
The new ones will not be like the old ones
We're knee deep in strategic planning here at FIRST. One area of great interest is FTC. The growth of the program has outstripped our expectations and continues to be the fastest growing robotics program here at FIRST.
One thing is clear, those that come on board in the future will not be like the ones that got started with FTC originally - and that's OK, it's great in fact. The mission is to change the culture - and that means more kids and coaches that had not considered technology and robotics start considering it.
Keep that in mind as you start new teams and recruit for the teams you've got. Look at those kids who might not be "in your circle" now and let them know about FIRST's ethos and scholarships, tell them about the excitement of competition and the progression of programs, point to what you and others have gone on to do based on your experiences.
You build your team, build your circle, and you help change the world - all at the same time. That's a pretty good return on the effort!