The more dedicated members you have on your team, the more projects your team can accomplish. Starting teams may be a tough challenge, but once it gets started, it can grow quickly. MVRT started with only 12 founding members on the team. Since then, the team has grown to over 100 members on the team. The team may even start with only one member, but it could grow through word of mouth. Even with a mentor (Usually a Science or Math teacher) the team can start if the mentor advertises the club in his or her classrooms. When it comes to recruitment, it is important to highlight the excitement of FRC, whether this may be videos of competition or demo-ing a robot.
Some of the recruitment ideas that MVRT has employed in the past have been:
- Promotional Video: Videos can be taken from the FIRST website. Informational Meeting/Interest Meeting: The more people know about the team and what it does, the more their interest will spike.
- School Demo
- Talking in classrooms
Recruitment is a big priority for teams because a strong member base will be beneficial for the team.