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					Bomb Squad
team 16

2010
2010
Business & Organizational Plan




“There are many teams who’ve directly benefited from the assistance that
Team 16 provides - whether with robot problems or team development... The
Bomb Squad exemplifies what a Hall of Fame team in FIRST is all about. The
dedication of the adults to their mission statement makes every student of the
team a more confident and motivated individual. The team has weathered
difficult situations in its history, but the sudents have always remained the
focus.”
- David Brinza, Mentor, Team 980
Business & Organizational Plan
table of contents
Executive Summary  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . Page 1 - 2

Bomb Squad Mission Statement  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . Page 3

Bomb Squad Team History  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . Page 4

2009 Organizational Chart  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . Page 5

Bomb Squad Team Member Responsibility  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . Page 6 - 7

Bomb Squad Budget 2008 - 2009  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . Page 8

Bomb Squad Award History  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . Page 9 - 10

Bomb Squad Scholarships  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . Page 11

Shred Squad Mission Statement and Services  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . Page 12 - 13

Science and Technology Group Mission Statement .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . Page 14

Photo Album of Community Involvement, Bomb Squad VEX & FTC Teams,
and Off-Season Events  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . Page 15 - 17

Contingency Plans  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . Page 18

2009 Woodie Flowers Award Winner John Novak .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . Page 19
Bomb Squad
executive summary
Mission Statement
	    The	Bomb	Squad	Business	Group,	established	in	2007,	is	tasked	with	the	
organization,	management,	funding,	sustaining,	and	expansion	of	the	FIRST	Robotics	programs	in	
North	Central	Arkansas.		


Date the Team Began	
	    1996	

Names of Founders and the Functions They Perform
	  Original	mentors	still	active	on	the	team:	
	     -	Andy	Marts,	Engineering	Mentor
	     -	John	Novak,	Engineering	Mentor

Number of Team Members
	  16	Students	and	10	Mentors	

Location of Team and Sponsors
	    Mountain	Home,	Arkansas
	     -	Baxter	Healthcare,	Inc.	
	     -	Mountain	Home	High	School
	     -	The	Science	and	Technology	Group,	Inc.	

What We Do and Services Rendered	
	   -	 Team	organization	and	management
	   -	Host	the	Arkansas	State	FLL	Tournament
	     -	Market	holiday	items	(Evergreen	wreaths,	trees,	and	HexBugs)	
	     -	Operate	the	Shred	Squad
	     -	Letter	writing	campaign	to	solicit	donations
	     -	Provide	information	to	our	corporate	sponsors,	local	school	board,	our	community		
	     and	the	FIRST	community
	     -	Fundraising	for	other	FIRST	teams
	




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Relationships and Information Regarding Current Sponsors
	     -	Baxter	Healthcare	has	had	a	manufacturing	facility	in	Mountain	Home	since	1964	
and	is	one	of	the	largest	employers	in	the	county.	Baxter	is	the	Bomb	Squad’s	founding	
sponsor	and	primary	source	of	our	funding.	Our	professional	engineering	mentors	are	
Baxter	employees	and	the	local	plant	provides	machine	shop	support	for	our	robot	
construction.		
	      -	Mountain	Home	High	School	provides	the	registration	and	transportation	for	re-
gional	and	Championship	events.		The	school	and	teacher-sponsor	manage	team	
selection	and	academic	standards.		The	integration	of	Project	Lead	the	Way	classes	supports	
the	students’	education	in	science,	technology,	engineering	and	mathmatics	(STEM).
	      -	The	Science	and	Technology	Group,	Inc.	(STG)	is	a	501(c)(3)	non-profit	
corporation	founded	in	2001	to	promote	technology	education	through	participation	in	
FIRST	robotics.		STG	is	a	volunteer	organization	that	provides	for	the	overall	
management,	budgeting,	facility	acquisition	and	travel	arrangement	of	the	Bomb	Squad	
FRC,	FTC,	and	VEX	teams	and	manages	FIRST	Lego	League	in	Arkansas.		The	Board	of	
Directors	is	composed	of	mentors	and	parents	who	meet	at	least	once	a	week	throughout	the	
year	to	plan	and	coordinate	our	FIRST	programs.

Summary of Team Growth
	   -	The	Bomb	Squad	began	in	1996,	earned	the	Championship	Chairman’s	Award	in		 	
	     2000	and	is	now	one	of	14	teams	in	the	FIRST	Hall	of	Fame.
	     -	Baxter	Healthcare	and	Mountain	Home	High	School	founded	the	team.	There		 	
	     are	two	original	mentors	left	on	the	Bomb	Squad.
	     -	Over	260	students	have	participated	and	a	significant	majority	of	them	have	gone	to		
	     college.	
	     -	We	are	the	only	FRC	team	in	Arkansas	and	were	recognized	by	the	Governor’s		 	
	     office	as	one	of	12	“Great	Partnerships	Around	Our	State.”
	     -	The	Bomb	Squad	was	chosen	as	one	of	the	17	teams	to	beta	test	the	2009	control	
	     system	and	train	other	FRC	teams.				
	     -	In	2009,	John	Novak	was	the	winner	of	the	Championship	Woodie	Flowers	Award.	

Summary of Team’s Future Plans
	     -	STG	has	started	a	building	fund	and	plans	to	construct	a	permanent	home	for		 	
	     the	Bomb	Squad	on	the	campus	of	Mountain	Home	High	School.	
	     -	We	will	continue	to	participate	in	our	community	parades,	county	fair,	and
	     summer	celebrations.
	     -	The	FLL,	FTC,	and	VEX	teams	provide	the	best	foundation	for	FRC	student	recruit-	
	     ment,	and	we	are	working	to	expand	those	programs	in	Arkansas.
	     -	Scholarships	are	offered	to	every	single	graduating	senior	on	the	Bomb	Squad.
	     -	Our	team	is	represented	throughout	the	entire	year	on	our	website,	Facebook,	and	
	     articles	in	our	local	newspaper	and	schoool	newspaper	and	regular	appearances	of			
	     students	and	mentors	on		c ommunity	radio	shows.
	     	-	We	are	active	in	supporting	the	FIRST	community	by	holding	workshops	and		 	
	     answering	questions	on	CD,	FIRST	forums	and	those	submitted	to	our	website.
	     	-	The	focus	of	our	Hall	of	Fame	activity	has	been	to	encourage	and	assist	teams	with		
	     Regional	Chairman’s	Award		submissions	and	showcase	the	RCA	winners	in	our	
	     “Future	Hall	of	Fame”	touchscreen	display	at	the	Championship.	

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Bomb Squad
mission statement
- To compete in the FIRST robotics program as a well-rounded,
competent team that can serve as an example and
inspiration
- To continue the legacy of this Hall of Fame team and
improve in all areas
- Professional development of skills in engineering, machining,
computer aided drafting (Inventor), business management,
computer programming, advertising and promotion, comput-
er animation, logic, and time management
- See what careers are actually about and set goals for
education
- Improve grades and encourage college attendance
- Scholarship opportunities
- Learn to communicate confidently with serious professionals
- Work on a team and learn leadership and organizational
skills
- Give students the opportunity to form peer relationshipswith
top professionals in their fields
- Demonstrate that hard work and achieving excellence are
really what “fun” is all about
- Learn to commit to a process and see it through no matter
what it takes
- Inspire younger students by mentoring FLL, FTC, and VEX
teams
- Spread the message of FIRST




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Bomb Squad
team history
T     he	Bomb	Squad,	begun	in	1996,	is	one	of	the	oldest	and	
      most	decorated	sustained	teams	in	FIRST.	A	handful	
of	 engineers,	 an	 English	 teacher,	 and	 a	 history	 teacher	
                                                                   third,	and	fourth	seasons.	This	young	team	even	won	the	
                                                                   2009	FTC	World	Championship.
                                                                   					Over	260	students	have	been	inspired	to	excel	by	this	
with	big	dreams	for	the	students	in	our	small	town	devel-          team	and	most	all	of	these	have	attended	college.		At	least	
oped	a	partnership	between	the	Baxter	Healthcare	facility	         five of our former team members have gone on to start or
in	Mountain	Home,	Arkansas	and	Mountain	Home	High	                 mentor	FIRST	teams;	one	of	our	alumni	is	Dean	Kamen’s	
School	 that	 would	 result	 in	 one	 of	 the	 most	 impressive	   Chief	 of	 Staff.	 The	 totality	 of	 personal	 and	 professional	
legacies	in	the	FIRST	community.	                                  success	of	our	students	is	truly	remarkable	and	is	the	vali-
					A	brilliant	start	would	net	the	team	four	consecutive	        dation for all the commitment and sacrifice of our men-
Chairman’s Award Finalist finishes at the national level           tors	and	volunteers.
and	 culminate	 in	 a	 Chairman’s	 Award	 in	 2000.	 Only	         					The	recent	Arkansas	Governor’s	Summit	on	Education	
the	eighth	team	to	win	this	ultimate	prize	that	has	been	          and	 Economic	 Development	 included	 our	 FIRST	 pro-
awarded	to	a	mere	sixteen	teams,	the	Bomb	Squad	strug-             gram	in	12	“Great	Partnerships	Around	Our	State,	Some	
gled	with	a	“what	to	do	now	?”	dilemma.	                           Great	Examples	of	Public/Private/Business	Partnerships	
					The	partnership	with	Baxter	Healthcare	ended	after	the	       That	Are	Getting	Things	Done.”		Governor	Beebe	visited	
2004	season	and	it	looked	like	the	team	would	retire	on	           Mountain	 Home	 High	 School	 and	 met	 with	 the	 Bomb	
its significant accomplishments. But a few of the mentors,         Squad	-he	even	drove	our	robot.
the	English	teacher,	and	the	history	teacher,	the	students	
(and	a	lot	of	community	fans)	couldn’t	let	go.	
					So	the	team	that	was	rich	in	resources,	success,	and	
reputation	ended	up	in	the	attic	of	the	gym	with	borrowed	
tools	and	a	serious	case	of	“what	do	we	do	now?”	What	we	
did	 was	 continue	 to	 get	 students	 excited	 about	 technol-
ogy	 and	 determined	 to	 be	 excellent	 no	 matter	 what	 our	
financial or facility situation. Our community stepped up
and	supported	the	team	even	though	we	had	no	corporate	
sponsor	-	an	“impossible”	position	for	an	FRC	team.	But	
we	are	the	Bomb	Squad,	we	specialize	in	impossible	situ-
ations.	
					Several	mentors	and	supporters	founded	the	Science	
and Technology Group (STG), a non-profit corporation,
to	 promote	 technology	 education	 in	 Mountain	 Home.	       	
STG	took	over	the	management	and	funding	of	the	Bomb	              					Team	16	was	selected	as	one	of	17	FRC	teams	to	beta	
Squad	and	Arkansas	FIRST	Lego	League.                              test	the	new	2009	control	system	and	train	a	portion	of	
      Baxter Healthcare commited financial support to the          the	other	1700	teams.		We	traveled	to	Kansas	City	and	St.	
team	for	the	2008,	2009,	and	current	season.		While	we	            Louis	to	demonstrate	the	new	control	system	and	offered	
certainly	hope	to	continue	as	a	Baxter	team,	we	now	know	          training	workshops	to	over	70	teams	from	3	states.
we	can	survive	and	succeed	on	our	own.		We	still	do	not	           					In	fourteen	seasons	of	competition	the	Bomb	Squad	
have a facility, but have been fortunate to find suitable          has	earned	and	maintained	a	position	in	the	FIRST	Hall	
spaces	to	borrow	or	rent	for	each	build	season.                    of	Fame.	In	addition	to	the	Chairman’s	Award,	Team	16	
					The	Bomb	Squad	is	a	cherished	icon	in	our	town.		We	          won	 a	 Creativity	 Award	 at	 the	 Championship	 level.	 	 	 In	
are	 a	 popular	 participant	 in	 multiple	 community	 events	     2008	 the	 team	 was	 a	 Division	 Champion	 and	 earned	 a	
including	parades,	summer	celebrations,	the	county	fair,	          World	 Finalist	 medal.	 	 	 The	 many	 Regional	 honors	 be-
and	school	demonstrations.		We	have	expanded	the	pro-              stowed	upon	the	Bomb	Squad	include	7	Regional	Cham-
gram	to	include	our	Junior	High	students	by	forming	an	            pionships,	34	Regional	Awards	and	2005	Woodie	Flowers	
FTC	team,	the	Junior	Bomb	Squad,	in	2006.		This	team	              Finalist	and	2009	Championship	Woodie	Flowers	Award	
is	well	on	its	way	to	a	reputation	as	excellent	as	the	FRC	        winner	John	Novak.
team	by	winning	a	Regional	event	in	each	of	its	second,	

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Bomb Squad
organizational chart
             PROJECTS                                MANAGERS
Business Group1                      H. White

  Business Plan Development            S . Baker, H . White
  Team Management/Organization         H . White
Hall of Fame    2
                                     H. White, S. Baker

Safety and Pit Captain3              N. Davis

Robot Design4

  Inventor                             E . Jones
  Drive Train                          N . Davis, B . Rehak, A . Jones, E . Jones
  Strategic Components                 B . Rehak, A . Jones, E . Jones, N . Davis
  Controls                             J . Schmidt, A . Anderson
  Graphic Design                       H . White, A . Jones
Programming/Software Development 5
                                     J. Schmidt, A. Anderson

Website6                             H. Hatch

Compliance7                          M. Dunn, A. Jones

Publications8

  Photography                          H . Hatch, H . White
  Videographer                         S . Baker, A . Jones
Construction9

  Practice Field Construction          B . Rehak, E . Jones, A .J . McCurley, N . Davis,
                                       C . Norton, A . Webb
  Fabrication                          A .J . McCurley, N . Davis, B . Rehak, C . Norton, N . Davis,
                                       M . Dunn, A . Webb
  Mechanical Assembly                  N . Davis, A . McCurley, B . Rehak, M . Dunn, A . Jones,
                                       E . Jones, A . Webb
  Control and Electrical               B . Rehak, A . Anderson, J . Schmidt, E . Jones
Competition     10




  Game Strategy                        B . Rehak, H . White, E . Jones, A . Jones
  Scouting                             H . White, S . Baker
 Drive Team                            A . Jones, H . White, B . Rehak, E . Jones


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Bomb Squad
team member responsibilities
1
    Business Group:
Develop business plan and organizational chart
Responsibile for team management, travel arrangements, budgeting
Develop scholarship criteria

2
    Hall of Fame:
Design and present Hall of Fame booth and information
Compile and display Future Hall of Fame team information
Assist and encourage other FIRST teams with Regional Chairman’s Award
submissions

3
    Safety and Pit Captain:
Robot maintence supervision
Battery management
Promote safety in the work area (safety glasses, clean work spaces, etc .)
Supervise pit operations

4
    Robot Design:
Mechanical and electrical design of the robot
Inventor drawings
Drive train development
Prototype and design strategic components
Design control system
Graphic designs & skins

5
    Programming/ Software Development:
Responsible for developing algorithms to control various functions of the
robot
Develop driving control
Develop autonomous operations

6
    Website:
Develop and maintain team website
Communicate on forums
Update blog


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team member responisibility continued
7
    Compliance:
Memorize all rules and regulations
Keep detailed record of parts and costs
Determine and support that robot is legal

8
    Publications:
Photography and videography
Post videos on YouTube and Chief Delphi
Update website blog
Prepare and submit Woodie Flowers nominations -
Regional and Championship
Submit newspaper articles

9
    Robot Construction:
Part fabrication
Mechanical assembly
Build control system
Electrical wiring
Trouble-shooting

10
     Competition:
Identifiy game strategy
Develop and implement scouting procedures
Provide scouting analysis/alliance selection to drive coach
during competition
Select and train drivers and human players




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Bomb Squad
budget 2009-2010
Arkansas Championship FIRST LEGO League Tournament - $15,800
      - Lights, Camera, Projectors, Sound - $11,000
      - Trophies, Medallions - $2,800
      - Supplies and Concessions - $1,500
      - Donations to AR FLL Champion for World Festival Travel - $500

FIRST Tech Challenge Junior Bomb Squad - $5,000

VEX Robotics Bomb Squad - $5,000

FIRST Robotics Competition - $43,550

      Registration
      - Midwest Regional Registration Fee and Kit of Parts - $5,000
      - Kansas City Regional Registration Fee - $4,000
      - Championship Registration Fee - $5,000
      - Off-Season Event Registration - $800

      Travel
      - School Bus - $3,700
      - Fuel for Truck and Trailer - $1,500
      - Hotel - $11,100
      - Meals - $1,000

      Robot and Game Court Construction
      - Additional and Spare Robot Parts - $5,000
      - Game Court and Elements - $500
      - Misc . Shop Supplies - $500

      Promotional Materials                                     corporate sponsorship - 57%
      - Classic Baxter Bomb Squad Buttons - $500
                                                    fundraising and private donations - 20%
      - Printing/ Binding - $300
                                                                        school funding - 19%
      Bomb Squad Building                                     FLL tournament proceeds - 4%
      - Rent - $2,400
      - Liability Insurance - $200
      - Utilities - $1,050

      Scholarship Program
      - One Graduating Senior - $1,000



      Total Expenses: $69,350


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Bomb Squad
regional award history 1996-2009
- TX Regional Finalist - 1998
- TX Xerox Creativity Award - 1998
- IL Regional Champion - 1998
- IL Best Offensive Round - 1998
- MI #1 Seed - 1999
- MI Motorola Quality - 1999
- FL #1 Seed - 1999
- FL Honeywell Leadership in Control Award - 1999
- FL Regional Champion - 2000
- FL Outstanding Defense - 2000
- Fl Honeywell Leadership in Control Award - 2000
- IL Finalist- 2000
- IL Motorola Quality - 2000
- MO #1 Seed - 2002
- MO Delphi “Driving Tomorrow’s Technology” - 2002
- MO Regional Champion - 2002
- TX GM Industrial Design - 2002
- TX #1 Seed - 2002
- TX Finalist - 2002
- MO Delphi “Driving Tomorrow’s Technology” - 2003
- MO Engineering Inspiration Award - 2003
- MD Leadership in Controls - 2004
- MD Regional Champion - 2004
- MD Regional Chairman’s Award - 2004
- MO Delphi “Driving Tomorrow’s Technology” - 2004
- MO Regional Champion - 2004
- IN Woodie Flowers Finalist John Novak - 2005
- IN Daimler Chrysler Team Spirit Award - 2005
- MO Motorola Quality - 2005
- SC Regional Finalist - 2006
- SC Motorola Quality - 2006
- MO Regional Finalist - 2006
- TX Judges’ Award - 2007
- KC Rockwell Automation Innovation in Control - 2007
- IL General Motors Industrial Design - 2008
- IL Website Award - 2008
- LA Regional Champion - 2008
- LA Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers Entrepreneurship Award - 2008
- LA Website Award - 2008
- IL Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers Entrepreneurship Award - 2009
- MO Regional Champion - 2009
- MO Rockwell Automation Innovation in Control - 2009


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Bomb Squad
championship award history
1996-2009
  - Chairman’s Award - 2000
  - FIRST Hall of Fame Team
  - Woodie Flowers Award - John Novak - 2009

  - Chairman’s Award Finalist - 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999
  - Proctor & Gamble Creativity Award - 1996
  - WPI Scholarship - 1998
  - DWC Scholarship - 1998
  - ACE Scholarship - 1999
  - Curie Division Champion - 2008
  - Championship Finalist - 2008

            - The Bomb Squad was featured in
         “2007 FIRST Robotics: Behind The Design .”

     - The Bomb Squad was selected to Beta Test the
                  2009 control system .



off-season events
  - IRI Leadership in Control Award - 2008
  - CowTown ThrowDown Champion - 2008
  - IRI Champions - 2009
  - CowTown ThrowDown Champion - 2009




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Bomb Squad
scholarships
Each year The Science & Technology Group awards a Bomb Squad senior with
a scholarship . In addtion, Arkansas State University at Mountain Home began
a program in 2008 to award every Bomb Squad senior a full tuition two-year
scholarship . This will be extended to all Bomb Squad senior students in the future .



2007 Recipient - Kayleigh Brown
2008 Recipient - Clayton Brinza

2009 Recipient - Ali Croom




      Arkansas State University - Mountain Home




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Bomb Squad
shred squad

                             Shred Squad


                               Our Mission Statement

Shred Squad is the first and only secure document destruction enterprise in the Mountain
Home area .

We are a local and independent company formed to provide a necessary service - con-
fidential paper shredding - at a competitive price with integrity and professionalism while
making significant contributions to our community.


These are the primary goals of our community service:

• Offering flexible, well-paying employment opportunities to outstanding high school stu-
dents in order to allow them to participate in the FIRST robotics program (the Bomb Squad)
without the usual constraints of outside employment
• Providing space for the Bomb Squad machine shop and an area for the students to build
their competition robot
• Allowing assets and equipment of our business to be used by the FIRST team to transport
and store their robot and equipment during their competition season and extensive travel
• Educating the FIRST students in business principles while letting them earn money for team
expenses instead of doing exhausting fundraisers
• Increasing the amount of paper recycling in our area – for every ton of paper we recycle,
we save 17 trees, 3 cubic yards of landfill space, and 7000 gallons of water
• Supporting the Baxter Day Service Center’s work with the disabled by donating our recy-
clables to their operation




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Bomb Squad
shred squad

                          Shred Squad
                           shredsquad .net


                   A Local Document Destruction Company

  Schedule regular document removal at your convenience or one-time bulk
                                service .

                   We provide locking cabinets in two sizes:
             37 inch cabinet - $45 per pick-up, weekly or monthly
             27 inch cabinet - $35 per pick-up, weekly or monthly
                                       or
              $ .50 per pound for bulk and from your containers

Our equipment is HIPAA and FACTA compliant and can shred paper clips, sta-
                 ples, heavy folders, envelopes and binders .

 You will receive certification that your documents have been destroyed and
                                      recycled

For additional information or to arrange service please call or contact us by e-
                                      mail:

                          meredithn@suddenlink .net
                                870-404-3260


Owner:

Meredith Novak
35 Studio Lane
Mountain Home, AR 72653                                                       13
Bomb Squad
the science & technology group
Science & Technology Group • Mountain Home, Arkansas

Mission Statement for the Science & Technology Group	
Science and Technology Group (STG) is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation founded in November 2001 to promote
technology	education	for	K-12	youth	through	experiential	learning	and	partnerships	with	workplace	technical	
professionals,	primarily	scientist	and	engineers.	STG	is	principally	a	catalyst	organization	that	provides	infrastructure,	
training, and other support to facilitate volunteer technical professionals in their interaction with students in a defined
area	of	service.	

Mission & Goals	
The	current	objective	of	this	organization	is	simple:	get	students	excited	about	science,	math,	and	technology.	We	will	
accomplish	this	via	the	competitive	programs	offered	by	FIRST	(For	Inspiration	and	Recognition	of	Science	and	
Technology)	program.	In	the	future,	the	Science	and	Technology	Group	may	be	adding	other	programs	besides	FIRST.	

STG’s Strategic Objectives
•	Create	and	foster	excitement	for	science	and	technology	in	K-12	youth	through	competitive	science	activities	
modeled	after	athletic	competitions.	
•	Use	science	competitions	as	a	vehicle	to	involve	volunteer	technical	professionals	in	the	education	process.	
•	Develop	inquiry-based	curriculum	based	on	the	concepts	used	in	the	competitions,	in	order	to	reach	all	students	
and	enable	systemic	change	in	science	and	technology	education.	
•	Reach	out	to	all	segments	of	the	student	population	who	are	underrepresented	in	science	and	technology.	

STG	is	a	volunteer	organization	in	which	many	people	and	organizations	devote	a	large	amount	of	time	to	STG’s	activi-
ties.		The	strength	of	STG	is	the	volunteers.	

Officers
Tim	Maynard,	President		
Andy	Marts,	Vice	President	
Deborah	Chatman,	Secretary	
Marianne	Pyeatt,	Treasurer	

Board Members
Deborah	Chatman	
Greg	Mills	
Andy	Marts
Mike	DeMass	
Meredith	Novak	
Steve	Hatch
Clay	Layson
Marianne	Pyeatt	
Tim	Maynard
	

Donations	may	be	sent	to	Science	and	Technology	Group,	500	Bomber	Boulevard,	Mountain	Home,	Arkansas	72653.	

Federal	Tax	ID	#	71-0860642	
For	more	information	contact	Meredith	Novak	at	(870)	404-3260.	




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community




arkansas state
FLL tournament




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FTC & VEX robotics




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off-season events
indiana robotics invitational




                    cowtown
                    throwdown




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contingency plans
In the unfortunate event of:
Loss of major sponsor
	       Keep	funds	in	reserve	for	an	entire	season
	       Lower	cost	season	options:		only	1	regional	instead	of	2,	closer	to	home	regional,	no	off-season	events

Loss of build and meeting space
	       Redundancy	–	we	have	a	borrowed	storefront,	but	rent	a	nominal	space	for	storage	and	emergencies	in	the		
	       event	we	lose	our	borrowed	shop
	       Pay	our	rent	a	year	in	reserve	with	a	lease
	       We	always	have	the	mentors’	basement	option

Loss of school sponsorship
        Our non-profit corporation “owns” the team, allows for tax-deductible contributions, and provides a $3
	       million	liability	insurance	policy
	       Maintain	autonomy	from	school	in	facilities	and	major	funding
	       Encourage	communication	and	relationship	with	administration	on	value	of	program	to	encourage	school		 	
	       involvement

Weather related delays
	     Alternate	build	site	with	generator	power	in	case	of	power	outage
	     Mentors	with	4WD	vehicles	to	transport	students
	     Since	we	do	not	meet	at	the	school,	we	can	still	work	if	school	is	canceled		

Loss of machine shop access
	       We	own	hand-me-down	machine	shop	tools.		They	are	not	as	nice	as	the	ones	we	currently	have	access	to,	but		
	       would	serve	us	in	the	loss	of	this	service.
	       The	team	maintains	relationships	and	support	from	several	different	machine	shops	in	town.
	
Equipment or vehicle failure while traveling
	       Travel	with	redundant	vehicles	capable	of	pulling	our	trailer.
	       Make	sure	we	have	room	for	the	trailer	spare	tire.

To encourage:
Mentor Retention
	      Family	Support	and	Atmosphere
	      Constantly	trying	to	recruit	new	mentors
	      Several	mentors	began	because	they	had	kids	on	the	team	and	are	still	active	in	the	program	after	their	
	      students	have	graduated

Student Participation
	      Use	FIRST	Tech	Challenge	for	8th	and	9th	graders.		Our	FTC	team,	the	Jr.	Bomb	Squad,	won	the	2009	FTC		
	      Championship
	      Sponsor	the	Arkansas	FIRST	Lego	League	State	Championship
	      Mentor	a	Bomb	Squad	VEX	team	for	7th	graders
	      Do	school	and	community	demonstrations


FLL Tournament options:
	       We	have	three	cost	options	and	plans	for	Arkansas	Championship	FLL	tournament	ranging	from	zero	cost	to		
        our preferred $15,000 high tech event.



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john novak, 2009 WFA
                       “His brilliance is unmatched . He is the brain power be-
                       hind many successful Bomb Squad robots, and the in-
                       tricate ideas in design and programming that he has
                       passed on to students are invaluable .”
                       – 2005 WFA Submission

                       “His passion for FIRST and FLL far exceeds robot-build-
                       ing . John is determined to reach kids and to make a
                       difference in their lives .” – 2006 WFA Submission

                       “He constantly says, ‘this is a team,’ and is willing to
                       work toward whatever goals the team sets… Instead
                       of telling students something won’t work, he lets them
                       discover that fact for themselves . His enthusiasm in-
                       spires the team and emphasizes that FIRST is not about
                       winning .” – 2007 WFA Submission

“John is always there, always available, always pleasant, and always an in-
spiration…” – 2008 WFA Submission

“The best thing that could happen to FIRST is for every team to have a John
Novak .” – 2009 WFA Submission




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