Our team is organized into four main areas of focus: Engineering, Scouting, Finance, and Spirit and Image, which are led by elected students. Each of the four areas is further divided into subgroups, which are led by appointed team members. The four areas are coordinated and directed by a student team director and an adult team adviser. Each team member chooses their subgroup each season, although overlap and group cooperation is necessary to ensure team success.
Engineering is responsible for the construction of both the physical robot and the code that runs it. For students interested in engineering or computer science, the numerous engineering subgroups provide ample opportunity to gain hands-on design, fabrication, construction, and programming experience. The engineering subgroup is currently led by Logan Pulley.
Spirit and Image organizes the team's year-round community outreach programs, including exhibitions for community groups and younger students, as well as other various volunteer opportunities. During competition, Spirit and Image is also charged with promoting team spirit through the use of flags, mascots, chants, and whatever else they can use to get people's attention! Nick Albers is the current Spirit and Image director.
Scouting focuses on gathering and analyzing match data before, during, and after competitive matches to generate efficient strategies for cooperating with teammates and defeating opponents during competition. When the team makes finals, scouting data is necessary in order to choose optimal alliance teammates. Our current scouting director is Nate Albers.
Finance is tasked with budgeting the team's money for the year as well as pursuing sponsorships and grants to keep Team 1716 running. Its current director is Michael Erb. More information about sponsorships may be found here.
Our current team advisor is Jim Johnson and our current team director is Jordain Sharma.