Team Pangaea 2018-19 Season Blog
Media Team — Dev Khanna — October 15th, 2018
Hi! Welcome to what is (hopefully) going to be the first of many monthly updates from Team Pangaea. Quite fittingly, the Media Committee was granted the great honor of writing the first (well, second, but the first never saw the light of day) blog post. Our committee is responsible for documenting everything that Team Pangaea does, from our outreach events, to regular meetings, to making content for our social media accounts, to making memes instead of paying attention in class.
These last couple weeks have been very productive. For our off-season, Team Pangaea has been organized into five distinct committees: Media, Finance, Outreach, Design, and Build. This year, as our team leader Zachary puts it, is Team Pangaea's "year of organization," and so far, we're already off to a better start than last year.
And speaking of last year, what a fantastic rookie year it was. We had a fantastic experience in Australia, and we never would've dreamed of reaching the World Championships our first year as a team. Though we did decently well for ourselves, we learnt that we had a TON of things to improve upon—looking at the ways other teams organized themselves, and all the amazing robots on display, it'd be impossible not to want to step up our game this year. Sincerely, though, the role that every team—rookie or otherwise—we met last year played in helping us cannot be understated. The FIRST community has been so welcoming and friendly. So, thank you! And an even bigger thank you to R Factor (6024) for everything and then some. FRC India this year is going to be great!
One of the many lessons we took away from last year is that regular meeting during off-season is an absolute must. By the end of build season, we were still scrambling to get basic administrative things established, all while putting together our robot. So, this year, we've started biweekly meeting, and so far, we've already made a decent dent:
Finance has been busy reaching out to all amazing sponsors from last year (we couldn't have done it without them), and reaching out to other companies that might be interested in helping us out. Design has been hard at work putting together mock-ups for some new Team Pangaea hoodies, logos, pins, t-shirts, and, of course, posters. Build has had their hands full with our middle school's First Lego League team (name TBD), and ordering tools that we will need once build season starts. Outreach has been working for weeks on our Life On Mars event, a design-thinking challenge for MS students from across local schools across Mumbai. And Media, of course, has had our hands full getting our documentation on! We interviewed all of our committee leaders, and are making an off-season documentary that should be done shortly.
On the horizon, we're going to be filming throughout the Life On Mars event (should be up on our website soon after the event), and we've a bunch of different ideas for projects throughout the off-season—not to mention our Chairman's Video—so keep an eye on the website to see what we post next!
That's all from us for now! Next up is the Outreach team, so until then, stay tuned on our various social media platforms to get regular updates from Team 6813!