I strongly urge the team to organize the shop well, before they leave for Christmas. This not only serves as a preseason inventory and clean up session, it also provides the students involved an opportunity to lead in an important part of the team as well as educate themselves on the FRC parts and standard shop tools. This is also a valuable way for team members to know where stuff should go, and how future generations of McKinley Tech students can learn the name of an item, where it goes in the shop, and how to find out more information on the part.
Every student should identify and organize at least 2 items a day to start, more as they get better. Make an ID card for items. Use clear tape to tape it to the box or shelf holding said item.
1) Name of item. Large font (20+ point Font, if possible)
2) Picture of item.
3) Link(s) to website(s) where an industrious person can find out more information. Could be manufacturer website.
4) Other things??
5) Name of person making the ID card at the bottom.
Where possible, make it easy to sort like items by size, etc. (Drills have their own big green case, for instance.)
Some things, like all the random motors in the motor box, should probably have their own zip lock baggie with the ID index card (3" x 5") in the baggie with the motor.
The above information should be in a word processor file (Word, whatever) and saved in a central file system, in case it needs to be altered by a future student.
With the vast range of fastener types, sizes, etc, the problem could become overwhelming really, really, really fast.
The following should be printed and used in doing the inventory: