Swerve Robotics Roles
The Board of Directors shall set policy regarding the business of Swerve Robotics. Each Director will serve as a working member of one or more Action Committees, as appointed by the Chair.
The Executive Director shall have the power to execute the policies of the board, to oversee the day to day operations of the organization, and to employ, remove and suspend all agents and employees not elected or appointed by the Board of Directors, to determine the duties and responsibilities of such persons, to create such titles for such persons as such officer may deem desirable to enable them to execute their duties and responsibilities.
- Coaches – Coaches are assigned to specific teams by the Executive Director. Generally, each team will have a head coach and an assistant coach. Coaching responsibilities consist of supporting the entire team and leading the team anywhere an adult is required, outreach events, competitions, and team travel are examples. A coach will focus the Team, ensures that everyone’s ideas are heard and works to find compromises. Additionally, the coach should be training youth to lead, through support and guidance as the youth drives the process. A Coach of a FIRST Team is responsible for honoring and communicating the Program’s Core Values to Team members, Team Volunteers, and others affiliated with the Team.’
- Mentors – Swerve Robotics prides itself on having a strong cadre of professional mentors who volunteer on a regular basis to support the teams. Mentors are jointly utilized among all Swerve Robotics teams and are considered subject matter experts. In keeping with FIRST, Swerve Robotics believes that the best learning comes from student driven solutions to problems. Thus, the best adult leaderships comes from those who are skilled at asking the probing questions, offering constructive critique, and allowing students to experience the power of mistakes. Once basic skills and safety training is accomplished, students take the lead in setting priorities, determining learning needs, testing solutions, and creating their robot, from design to completion.
Other information about the role of coaches and mentors can be found here.