Schools We Represent

Lakota East High School
Lakota East Freshman School
Lakota West High School
Lakota West Freshman School
Kings High School
Home Schoolers
Monroe High School
Little Miami High School
Winton Woods High School
Mason High School
Ursuline Academy
Walnut Hills High School
Indian Hills
Fairfield High School

Team Structure

Lakota Robotics Leadership Council is the administrative body of the team and is consisted of 5 to 10 dedicated adult mentors. The team is led by 2 student co-captains who mentor subteams and guide its students. Team 1038 is organized into 4 primary subteams: CAD & Design, Mechanical, Controls, and Media & Operations. Each subteam has a subteam leader responsible for training their respective students.

Partnership and Leadership

For 1038 to fulfill our mission we must form a partnership between mentors and students. Partnership means that each partner recognizes and respects the roles of the other(s). We use the term team to refer to the organization; like a sports team, our success will depend upon individual performance. Like a sports team, our success requires that each individual perform their assigned responsibility and trust that their team members perform their respective responsibilities.

To be effective and successful, the team needs leadership. While students and mentors are equal members, we recognize that leadership requires skills and experiences that may not be inherent in every individual. Therefore, we ascribe leadership roles to those who demonstrate the commitment, expertise and values required of an effective leader.

In general, mentors will provide leadership and we will practice situational leadership; that is, different individuals will be expected to provide leadership at different points in the process or for different functions. (Note to students specifically: leadership is about influencing the outcome. It is possible (and a valuable skill) to influence the outcome without being the designated leader.

Commitment (Expectations) of Team Members

  • Make 1038 a priority. Attend every work session; advise the appropriate leader of absences.
  • Fulfill your assigned responsibilities.
  • Be present at and participate appropriately in decision-making sessions.
  • Listen for understanding; be willing to be influenced.
  • Represent your ideas and opinions respectfully.
  • Treat others with respect.
  • Value ideas and opinions of others and seek to understand other perspectives.
  • Support the decisions of the Team.
  • Submit to the authority of the Leadership Council
  • Read the Handbook
  • Live our Values

Operating Principles

  • Mentors model situational leadership while demonstrating that students’ input is valued.
  • Students accept direction from mentors; express questions, concerns openly and respectfully.
  • Students and mentors engage one another so that all learn from each other.
  • Lead mentors may, at their discretion, delegate leadership to students.
  • Work sessions start and finish on time.
  • Decisions are made using the consensus model.
  • Decisions are data-based and made on schedule.
  • Decisions are not revisited.
  • Decisions are made by those present when the decision is made; no proxies.
  • Mentors manage the process and delegate tasks to students.

Community Involvement

The Team keeps active in the local community, as they host events, make demonstrations and support other math and science-related programs for the area’s students. Some of these events and activities include:

  • FIRST Lego League mentoring (Aug – Dec)
  • FIRST Technical Challenge mentoring (Sept – May)
  • FIRST Robotics Training/Workshops (Oct – Nov)
  • Cincinnati Mini-Maker Faire (Sept or Oct)
  • West Chester Pumpkin Fest (Oct)
  • FIRST Lego League Regionals (Dec)
  • FIRST Robotics Competition (Jan. – May)
  • CORI Robotics Tournament (June)
  • Hosting Girls Scouts (June – Aug)
  • Numerous demonstrations/FUNdraisers (all year)