How do you help other teams, as a rookie/newer team?
Gracious professionalism. A way that all people in all teams should strive to act. It embodies the idea of treating others like you would want others to treat you.
As a younger team, there is little you can do to help other teams. Often times, you might be the team who is in dire need of help to fix the robot before it can go onto the field. The first, and most important thing your team can do, is say thank you and show your appreciation.
After we hosted a workshop to help local teams, the appreciative words said to us after the workshop made us want continue holding the workshops. A rookie team that won Rookie Inspiration at SVR always had a smile of appreciation pasted on their face and kind words to say every time we had helped them throughout the season, making us proud to be affiliated with their team. At the last competition, one of the teams which our team had helped throughout the season went beyond most and gave us a sign thanking us for the help we provided them making us proud to have helped them. Although we were the ones helping these teams, their kind gestures made all the effort we had put in worth it.
Saying thank you and showing appreciation through your gestures can validate and team’s efforts to help you.
In addition, bringing a positive attitude to the table can lighten up the moment and help others enjoy the competition. Often times, older teams might have an end goal and might be so focused on that end goal, they forget it is the process that makes this experience enjoyable. Remind people the results should not determine whether or not the team is having fun, but the process should determine that.
I believe sincerely anyone can exhibit gracious professionalism. The other day, I found this. As I said earlier, the smallest acts can feel validated with a simple thank you: http://www.raiderrobotix.org/2012/04/06/the-greater-reward/
If you are a newer team, or a rookie team, who is able to help other teams. Then it is always great to provide the help you can. However, most new teams are unable to provide substantial help and therefore it is important to bring a positive atmosphere and show your appreciation for others help.
~Nupur, Monta Vista Robotics, FIRST Team 115