CHARGING FORWARD

As an organization that teaches young people how to solve problems and innovate, we are doing the same in order to ensure we are fulfilling our mission and enabling our community to stay engaged with programs like FIRST in the challenging year ahead.

All activities will be conducted at Hamilton School District properties and are strictly voluntary.

The following is recommended to ensure the health and safety of all Charger Robotics team members.

As an extracurricular program, some of our offerings have been reduced or suspended for the 2020-21 season as advised by the Hamilton School District.

GRADES PreK - 1

GRADES 2 - 4

GRADES 5 - 8

GRADES 8 - 12

GRADES 9 - 12

HEALTH & SAFETY

Before You Arrive

Mask Use

Health Checks

Working Safely

 

Stay home when sick

Inform Advisors that you will not be attending

Mask up

Ensure you are using a clean mask.  Fit mask around mouth, nose, and chin.  Pick up mask by touching ear loops only.  Avoid touching the mask or face while it is on.

Use Hand Sanitizer

Use hand sanitizer when hand washing is not possible.  Apply enough to cover your hands and rub together until dry (15-20 seconds).  Be sure to get in between fingers and the front and back of your hands.

Cover coughs and sneezes

If you do cough or sneeze, do NOT remove your mask.  For extra protection, use a tissue or inside elbow to shield others from your respiratory droplets.  Then immediately wash your hands.

Avoid shaking hands

A wave or nod are all friendly alternatives to shaking hands.

Stay 6 feet apart

Keep a respectable distance from your peers and volunteers to avoid spreading disease.

Wash your hands (again)

Wash your hands frequently for 20 seconds between your fingers and on the front and back of your hands.

Don't touch your face

Don't touch your eyes/nose/mouth/facemask.  Pay attention to how much you touch your face and try to break the habit.

Avoid Carpools

Avoid riding with others to or from our workspaces.

Clean tools & workstations

Clean and disinfect tools, contact points, and work surfaces after each use, as appropriate to the material being cleaned.

 
 

Charger Robotics is running one (1) FIRST LEGO League Challenge team for the 2020-21 season.  This is due to limited classroom space, available coaches, and other logistical challenges.

Charger Robotics is not accepting new FLL-C members this season.  We recognize that this may cause some disappointment in students and parents  hoping to join our program.  This is what we feel we can safely do at this time.

Cyber Turtles meets on Monday and Tuesday evenings at Templeton Middle School from 6:00PM to 8:00PM.

Wisconsin FLL Regional Tournaments will be held as Remote Events.

 

  • Expect to have a similar judging experience as previous years - just remotely from the safety of Templeton Middle School.  There will be the usual five-minute presentation and some Q&A time with the Innovation Project, Robot Design, and Core Values judges.

 

  • Teams will take an unedited video recording of three competition attempts and record the scores online via a digital portal. 

  • There will be an awards ceremony for each regional event, and some teams will be selected to advance to the next level.

 

FTC Season Plan

Entry & Access

FTC Team Rosters

Carts & Equipment

Charger Robotics is running six (6) FIRST Tech Challenge teams for the 2020-21 season.

Teams are comprised of 6 to 8 students and approximately 2 mentors.

There is no current plan for attending in-person competitions at this time, as judging can be performed virtually through the "Remote Events Hub".

 

FRC Season Plan

Entry & Access

Carts & Equipment

Charger Robotics is running one (1) FIRST Robotics Competition team for the 2020-21 season.

FRC activity will not begin until January 2021.

  • The 2019-20 game "INFINITE RECHARGE" is being re-played

  • We have already built a robot for that game

  • Uncertainty exists regarding the FRC season

  • We are limited by classroom space, available coaches, and other logistical challenges.

There is no current plan for attending in-person competitions at this time, as judging can be performed virtually through the "Remote Events Hub".

FAQ

 

Q:  Who is expected to help with all the extra work and changes (health screenings, workspace disinfection, inventory management changes, etc.) on top of the things we already do for the program?

A:  The Advisors are accountable for these activities and actions, and the whole organization (students, mentors, parents, custodial staff, etc.) are responsible for actually completing these tasks. 

 

Students and mentors should wipe down equipment and tools within their work area prior to leaving the zone for breaks or at the end of the meeting.  Powered industrial equipment, handles, and other surfaces where multiple team members may touch should be considered for more frequent cleaning as well.

Q:  How will these extra procedures impact our meeting time?

A:  Begin clean-up 30 minutes before the end of the meeting.  This will still allow enough time during our meetings to get a meaningful amount of work done, while also enabling us to protect our members and practice good 5S/6S principles.  We will adjust this plan after in-person meetings begin and we learn from experience and practice.

Q:  Are students still able to participate in physical meetings whether they elected to attend school virtually or in-person this year?

A:  Yes.  Students who sign up for attending school virtually - unless they enroll in a virtual school outside of Hamilton School District (e.g. Wisconsin Online, eAchieve Academy, etc.) - are able to freely participate in any extracurricular activity or athletic team.

Q:  Do I really need to wear a mask the whole time I'm at a Charger Robotics meeting?

A:  Yes.  Wearing of masks or face coverings at certain locations during pandemic periods is an expectation.

 

Additionally, temperature screeners and individuals being screened are to wear face coverings.  This policy is applicable to all Charger Robotics students, mentors, advisors, as well as visiting sponsors and VIPs.

Charger Robotics Advisors will continue to update team members and consider student, mentor, parent, and school administration feedback on specific or relevant issues.

Q:  Will students be interacting with each other in large groups?

A:  No.  Students will be divided into cohorts of approximately 8 students and supervised by approximately 2 mentors. 

 

These cohorts will be naturally defined by sub-dividing into FTC teams and FRC departments.  Charger Robotics will record which students are working together in these cohorts and will keep these teams consistent for as long as possible (most likely the entire season).

Q:  What happens when I need to access another area and end up walking near a student who is on a different FTC team or cohort than I am?  Do I need to do anything to prevent cross-contamination?

A:  We are using the "6-15-48" rule as guidance for contact tracing per Waukesha County and the CDC (as of right now).  That means we need infected individuals to identify others who worked within 6 feet of them, for 15 minutes or more, within the 48 hours prior to the sick individual showing symptoms, or later. 

 

Walking past each other doesn't violate that suggestion.

Q:  What if I'm at a meeting and a student or mentor mentions that they're not feeling well?

A:  Direct that individual to go home, take care of themselves, and to consult their medical provider. 

 

Advisors and Mentors should remind team members to proactively inform Advisors before they enter our workspaces to prevent unnecessary exposure.  

 

Individuals suspected of being positive by a health care provider or symptomatic should stay home for at least 10 days after they first became ill AND at least 3 days after you have recovered.  Recovery means that fever is gone for 72 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications AND your respiratory symptoms have improved. 

 

Follow health care provider's instructions if they're more strict than the Charger Robotics requirements.

Q:  What if an individual begins to exhibit COVID-19 illness-related symptoms during a meeting?

A:  If a student or mentor begins to cough, experience shortness of breath, show signs of a fever, or other symptoms, direct them to go home, take care of themselves, and to consult their medical provider.

NOTE:  Do not violate confidentiality by disclosing the identity of the team member to anyone beyond a need-to-know (typically the Advisors)!

Charger Robotics Advisors or Mentors may stop nightly operations as needed in order to facilitate pre-cautionary cleanings.

 

Individuals suspected of being positive by a health care provider or symptomatic should stay home for at least 10 days after they first became ill AND at least 3 days after you have recovered.  Recovery means that fever is gone for 72 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications AND your respiratory symptoms have improved. 

 

Follow health care provider's instructions if they're more strict than the Charger Robotics requirements.  

Q:  What should we do if a team member is NOT exhibiting COVID-19 related symptoms, but had direct contact (within 6 feet / 2 meters for 10 minutes) with someone who has tested positive?

A:  Direct this individual to go home, take care of themselves, and consult their medical provider.  Individuals who are symptom-free are to quarantine or self-isolate for 15 days from when you were last in close contact with the person with COVID-19. 

Again, do not violate confidentiality by disclosing the identity of the team member to anyone beyond a need-to-know!

 

If you continue close contact, the 15-day quarantine period will have to restart.  Close contact means that you've been within 6 feet of the person with COVID-19 for more than 15 minutes, or touched body fluids or secretions without using the appropriate precautions.  If you are unable to avoid close contact, you must stay in quarantine until 15 days from when the person with COVID-19 completes their isolation period.  This is likely to be at least 24 days total.

Individuals who develop COVID-19 like symptoms during quarantine/self-isolation should follow the same procedure as the question above.  If you do seek testing, a negative test result within the 15-day period does not mean that you cannot become positive later.  You must stay in quarantine for the entire 15-day period.

Q:  I have tested positive for COVID-19, but I want to participate in Charger Robotics activities.  What should I do?

A:  First, make sure you're taking care of yourself.  Individuals with symptoms are to stay home at least 10 days after you first became ill AND at least 3 days after you have recovered.  Recovery means that fever is gone for 72 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications AND your respiratory symptoms have improved. 

If you never became ill but have COVID-19, stay home and self-isolate for at least 10 days following the date of your test.  After the tenth day, you will likely be instructed by your health care provider to take another test.

 

Follow health care provider's instructions if they're more strict than the Charger Robotics requirements.  

While you're at home, you can still participate in our online/virtual-based activities and continue to submit work electronically via our Google Drive, Onshape, GitHub, and other web-based accounts.  Contact the Advisors for more information.  

Q:  If I'm in quarantine/self-isolation, can I still participate in Charger Robotics?

A:  Yes, you can still participate in our online/virtual-based activities and continue to submit work electronically via our Google Drive, Onshape, GitHub, and other web-based accounts. 

 

Some FTC teams and FRC departments may be able to live-stream their in-person meetings for quarantined students.  Contact the Advisors for more information.

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