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Rasin' money, planning seasons, spreadin' STEM


The business subteam is the backbone of Team 1280. The business team is responsible for planning team logistics, raising the $40,000 yearly budget, and managing the team's community outreach program: ExtenSTEM initiative. The business team writes numerous grants, cold calls companies, and gives countless funding proposals in order to raise the capital to fund our team. Moreover, business team members actively work to encourage younger students to participate in STEM! The business team also handles the more mundane, but nevertheless important, tasks of planning travel, coordinating with the school administration, and taking care of a mountain of paperwork.


What is Dean's List?

The  FIRST Dean's List Award. celebrates outstanding student leaders whose passion for and effectiveness at attaining FIRST ideals is exemplary.  The students who earn FIRST Dean’s List status as either a Semi-finalist, Finalist or Winner, will not only be great examples of current student leaders who have led their teams and communities to increased awareness for FIRST and its mission while achieving personal technical expertise and accomplishment, but it is FIRST’s goal that all Dean’s List Semi-Finalists, Finalists and Winners will continue on, post award, as great leaders of FIRST’s ever growing student alumni. 

Dean's Semifinalists:

- 2020: Vikram Gopalan and Ameesh Daryani

- 2019: Radhika Gawde and Kanishk Gupta

-2018: Wajiha Syed and Radhika Gawde


Meet our Admin Lead:

Radhika Gawde

What does she do?
As Admin Lead I am responsible for serving as a liaison between the team, FIRST, the school administration, and the community. I oversee the business team and I plan the logistics of the team including travel,managing team finances, and making executive decisions alongside the team captain.

What’s she like?
Radhika is like the team mom. She is always smiling in the shop and encouraging the rookies to try their best and to learn as much as they can in order to gain the most hands-on experiences in STEM. She is outrageously passionate about FIRST since she has been in the program since elementary school. Now she helps lead SRV’s student-run team with funding, outreach, and boosts team morale.

“Over the past four years on this team, I have grown both as a person and a leader. Although I have always struggled with delegating tasks, the various leadership roles I have learnt to effectively manage the team and ensure that all tasks are completed and all the team’s goals are accomplished. It has been so rewarding to see the team grow from a small team that struggled to raise a budget with no mentors to our thriving team of 70 today. Moreover, seeing the kids become more confident and watching them putting them their skills and knowledge to use is always so satisfying as many of them start out as quiet and grow out of their shell as the season progresses!”

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