So after this weekend’s event a team came to me and said, “We’ve lost one of our stars. If it shows up, could you please let us know?”
“Sure.” I replied, “Does it have your team number on it, or your school name?”
“Um. Neither.” was the reply.
This was very unfortunate as we have an exceptionally high rate of return for labelled parts that go missing. Right now, for instance I’ve got a cube and two stars labelled “Alpha” in my basement, and they’ll be going back to Alpha secondary this week. And while we may have found an unlabelled star to return to this anonymous team… we’re not sure whether or not it’s theirs because the stars all look the same.
Game pieces, batteries, joysticks, cables, extension cords, power bars, VEXnet keys… they ALL LOOK THE SAME. If you put your school name or team number on it, then people will return it to you before you even know its gone missing. Heck, add a phone number and make it easy for everyone.
And please make it clear… your school’s initials make sense to you and the event organizers, but not to everyone else. Your team number works wonders. Your school or club name does, too. So do both. Make it clear, make it big, make it bold… and you’ll probably never lose anything. (At least not for long.)