The article is Parent Part of the cost. And Robotics is free in our district, but I do an annual analysis of the cost so the district knows how much this is really costing them. There have been discussions on if budget crunch came and we had to cut programs, how much would parents need to pay. They did analysis of the after-school programs (robotics, band, glee club, drama, all the sports, code club, etc.) Robotics was the lowest. So if disaster were to happen, the $121 would be allocated to the parents.
Since @Railgunawesome brought it up, the cost for our VEX VRC program is $350 per student. It’s also lower since we don’t charge internal teams to come to our events ( Outside pay $40) and the Regional Championship is $75.
In both cases, the current out of pocket for parents is transportation to events and food. Each team member gets a Tshirt.