The Captain Role
KING TeC Captain is a KING TeC enterprise-wide student leadership position. Captains assist the robotics program coaches with program planning, mentoring, and operational execution of all enterprise-wide activities including organization and leading of student team members to support all program needs.
The Business Department
This department creates the Executive Summary submission for the Entrepreneurship Award. The Business Department also serves as the contact to our sponsors and works to maintains sponsor relationships. The Business Department works with the Community Engagement Department to promote KING TeC as a brand. This includes making KING TeC merchandise, ensuring a constant presence in the stands at competition, communicating with and advertising events to the public, creating all video content for the team, and maintaining the team website. This department works with the Community Engagement Department to create the Chairman’s video and to ensure the sustainability of long-term team projects.
The CAD Department
The CAD Department is responsible for the CAD of the robot. After the initial drawings and decisions for the robot have been made, the CAD Department works to turn those initial designs and requirements into a 3D digital model as a “blueprint” for the mechanical department. KING TeC uses Autodesk Inventor as our CAD software.
The Control Systems Department
The Control Systems Department works to construct all of the electrical components both on and off the robot. In addition to the main control board, the Control Systems Department is also in charge of making sure all of the pneumatic components on the robot are in working condition. This department works closely with the Mechanical and Programming Departments.
The Community Engagement Department
The Community Engagement Department creates the submission for the Chairman’s Award. It also organizes the team’s long-term projects and 80+ outreach events for KING TeC yearly. The Chairman’s Award is the most prestigious award in FIRST which is awarded to teams who exemplify the ideals of FIRST and who spread STEM throughout their community and beyond. In this department, writing, speaking, and people skills are essential. This department works with the Business Department to represent KING TeC at outreach and sponsor relation events. The two departments also collaborate to ensure KING TeC’s outreach and fundraising activities are sustainable. The department also manages the team’s public image, which includes imagery, promotion collateral, and social media. The department additionally manages documentation of outreach and fundamental team processes.
The Mechanical Department
The Mechanical Department focuses on the design and creation of the robot’s frame, manipulator and other specialized parts. The Mechanical Department works closely with the Computer Aided Design (CAD), Control Systems, Strategy, Electrical, and Programming Departments. The Mechanical Department creates parts on the robot from fabrication drawings done by the CAD Department. The Mechanical Department also directly communicates with KING TeC’s fabrication sponsors to have some parts machined.
The Programming Department
The Programming Department is responsible for programming the robot during build season. In addition to creating both the autonomous and the drive programs, the Programming Department works on maintaining the FRC Survival Guide App. The Programming Department works closely with the Mechanical, Control Systems, and Strategy Departments.
The Strategy Department
It is the Strategy Department’s job to create a set of objectives the robot must follow on the field. This ranges anywhere from the starting position in a certain autonomous program, to which game objectives will be fulfilled during a match and how. It is also the Strategy Department’s job to utilize scouting data during competition to create a pick list for alliance selection. A strategy is needed to define what is most important in a game, such as the main scoring element, as well as other objectives that must be accomplished. This department works closely with the Mechanical and Programming departments.
To help make every level of Prior Lake Robotics as fun and challenging as possible, we select Division Captains for each program. Division Captains have a lot of experience in their program and a always have desire to make it even better.
FLL Explore and FLL Challenge Division Captains
FLL Explore and FLL Challenge (FIRST Lego League) Division Captains are responsible for coordinating the Jr.FLL and FLL events. They will facilitate communication between the division coaches and FRC leadership. They help plan KING TeC’s FLL Summer Camp and coordinate mentor training and mentoring at teams build nights.
KTC Division Captains
KTC (KING TeC Challenge) Division Captains are responsible for coordinating the KTC events. They will facilitate communication between the division coaches and FRC leadership. They help plan KING TeC’s KTC Summer Camp and coordinate mentor training and mentoring at teams build nights.
FTC Division Captains
FTC (FIRST Tech Challenge) Division Captains are responsible for coordinating the FTC events. They will facilitate communication between the division coaches and FRC leadership. They help plan KING TeC’s FTC Summer Camp and coordinate mentor training and mentoring at teams build nights.