The Build Season: The Importance of Week 1
If you are looking to help your team through the build season without many train wrecks, you need focus on the most important part: the first week. The way your team spends the first week is crucial to how well the rest of the build season goes and could be the defining factor on how well the competition season is played. Let me explain further below.
WEEK 1 SETS THE MOOD
The first week is so crucial because it sets the mood for the rest of the build season. One team could set a mood by getting right to work on the robot, while another could set the mood by dabbling around and not getting much done. Start off right by engaging the team by getting everyone excited about building the robot. Get right to work on helping the team succeed.
THERE’S MORE TIME FOR OTHER THINGS
This one is simple. If your team gets things done sooner, the more time everyone will have for other projects during the final days of the build season. The teams that get to work right away typically are more productive and have less stress later in the season; the better you start, the better you will end.
GIVES OTHERS CONFIDENCE
During the first few days of the build season, there is bound to be some stress and fear within the team. You can get ride of most of this by giving your team some confidence. In the first week, bring some high energy and passion to the team. Encourage others with your verbal and nonverbal communication. Whether you are just an average “joe” of a student, or the mentor of your team, always try use the first week as a confidence builder, even when things go wrong.