The monthly newsletter
A month of acceleration!
Wow, what a month it's been! For October we will review three topics: admin, design, and alumni. Our admin team has taken great initiative since the start and even before October began. They have developed new advertising items, helped continue cleaning the trailer, made portrait photos accessible to all members and opened our media alumni group. The design team has been hard at work too, with project teams revealing some of their latest designs, utilizing the Car Corner's new layout, working in the shop and of course getting new members onto every aspect of the building process.
Our restructure in September has proven to be worth while and allowed Admin to create refreshing items for advertising and networking purposes like: assembling an alumni LinkedIn group channel, creating a new trifold, new flyers, host a portrait photo event, and mingle with the Design to clean the trailer. On a separate note, we understand that our social media is dry, so we've assembled a social media group that will progress our portals to be more fluid in publishing fresh content. Our social portals will start on a granule scale and progress to be more fluid in order for our team to adapt with high maintenance.
Design team's October acceleration is large, so large we're not able to fit everything in! The first area of recognition are the project teams which we've allowed members to choose, produce work and compete for future officer positions. In our display figure you can find a design from our Steering Jig Team, a drawing made on BS solidworks with quality that surprised our officers. This drawing is a static jig which will assist with the positioning column for steering. Another honorable mention is our Optimum G Team who has begun simulations to collect base line data for testing our motor and car performance. Lastly, is aero and body design. Of course we have our panels built from Bell Helicopter though we are taking new steps to create molds that will model panels for areas that our Bell Helicopter panels do not cover. Our admin media team will bring more detail about this process soon.
Finally, we want to invite our legacy members (alumni) to our profile on LinkedIn that is specific for almuni operation and service. You can become a leader of the team again and offer explorative opportunities, interact with new members, be a guest speaker and more. We have a direct link below for you to use and become a member on our alumni group to be re-inserted with the organization.
New member service, Car progress, team restructure
September was a massive month of team restructuring. COVID-19 has tested every officer's ability to be productive, pro-active, and efficient to this year's car progress. Our internal and external operations to configure appropriate service for new members to become integrated with the organization unfortunately fell short in many areas. But, the passionate hearts of our young leaders were not discouraged to let this obstacle halt the organization's strife. This issue was understood in its earliest stages, so we quickly re-assessed our schedules, strategies, and priorities in order to
not stagnate our goals, or delay the 2021 car's preparation for testing.
Texas Tech also announced in the middle of the month that school organizations were allowed to host events with a max of 10 members. A new policy that generated shiftiness with officers to implement members at a faster pace, but because the new policy allowed a bigger audience did not necessarily mean it provided us instantaneous freedom to do so. You see, much our structuring over the summer was in preparation to coordinate members mostly from a virtual performance and we did not anticipate a transition for physical positions this early. Sure, we had many new features being utilized (like Youtube, newsletters, online workshops and procedures for reduced physical exposure) but with a small team and numerous objectives to conquer made it obvious that we needed to reassess strategies in order to properly serve members in a physical aspect. In conclusion we were unprepared to serve members accordingly due to our massive effort in trying to provide a quality online experience. To prove that we've changed our circumstances we are excited to share a portion of October's early content
We offer a glimpse into October on this newsletter, since we have already jumped into exciting opportunities to interact with new members since our restructure. Things like cleaning the trailer, going on field trips and taking portrait photos! It is now the second week of October and we have already tackled many physical activities that bridge the gap between officers and members. October will be our first month as a true team that will not only show the success from our reformation but along revealing new foundations! October will be the light that guides us forward and foreshadow the journey ahead.
Return to campus, Apparel, Orientation
The team is leading into the 2020-2021 academic year with ambitious goals. We had a successful orientation launch with over 60 curious attendees and the majority of those joining the team. Many more observers found us on their own volition. We are excited to bring these new members onto the team and introduce them with our internal systems to educate, develop, and innovate our 2021 car. While we spawned recruitment in August, the Design Team began transitioning the car and major work elements back into
the Car Corner, along with preparing a safe regulated work environment for new members to be incorporated. A few pictures in our figure below display this process.
Team t-shirts are now available to purchase and are accessible through the new apparel tab. Our system to dispense these items will be coordinated through a time sheet for members to have the leisure of deciding when they wish to pick-up their order. If you're a supporter looking to purchase an item please contact us first before you buy, so that we may properly coordinate the accessibility of your order, due to our inability to ship or deliver.
In addition to returning to campus and being cautious of inter-mingling new members to reduce the spread of COVID-19. We have established sanitization areas around the car corner and opened a new Youtube channel. The channel serves as a storage for our recorded virtual workshops and handbook sessions. These recordings will be accessible to all members as an education resource for quick and easy access to catch up on missed out content or review. With Youtube becoming a primary accessory to the team we plan to capitalize on its capabilities to supply our audiences as well. More to come on this feature.
E-Controls, one of our influential sponsors supplied us with three webinar sessions to offer our new members. This was our first major experience that we provided members to take advantage of with many more to come.
Texcraft, Car progress, House-keeping
The Red Raider Racing team initiated its return to working on the 2020 car on July 6th, at an off campus location where it was stored since before Spring Break of 2020 in order to have access due to COVID-19 and the quarantine shutdown. This location was provided by our sponsor Texcraft, and it was a necessary transition to use their location since the regular facilities. technologies, and occupancies on campus that we utilized were no longer accessible. Things like 3D printing, fabricating, and most importantly having a designated private space (the car corner) to work.
With our return to the 2020 car we also took intiaitives with our administrative strategies to deploy many resources for renewing our trailer, creating apparel, restocking office supplies, and other minor house-keeping essentials to properly prepare ourselves for our orientation initiation. And the Design members have spent hours welding, installing the differential, creating a handbook and also maintaining a clean work space at Texcraft to respect their gift to us. Obstacle after obstacle the team pushed forward dedicating and scheduling themselves to properly balance their time with other activities while participating with the car's development.
Each year the team elects new leaders, and Emma Martinez (our new President) has given the team vision, coordination and continued Red Raider Racing tradition over the course of this summer by properly communicating and executing goals. This is a massive hurdle that still haunts the team daily, because it is a daily process to keep the organization alive. The figure on this page cycles through various pictures, and one of them displays our External Relations Officer who is not a S.T.E.M. major practice welding! Something he hasn't done since middle school, a direct example of how anyone has a chance to get hands on experience in this organization.
The team members who participated during our time at Texcraft this summer have made it possible to begin a new chapter with promising opportunities for all joining members and existing members. We overcame each hurdling obstacle, and eliminated delaying factors that could have suppressed our orientation invitations to the team or year events.