I’ve been thinking about trying to get a team started with a few friends, and was wondering about the typical cost of starting a team (registration + sufficient parts + anything else i’m missing.) The only thing I’m sure of at the moment is the $100’s to officially start it.
Alright, I think you need to do a little bit more digging. Remember, you don’t really need all of the contents of those starting kits. Look at the really basic kits too, like programming starter kit I think its called.
My advice would be to not buy one of the big kits but start with a Clawbot ($500) and then add necessary extra parts, Aluminum, motors, gears, sensors, etc. The Clawbot will give you the VEXnet system bundle (cortex, controller, VEXnet keys), 4 motors, battery, charger and is good value for the money. Although the super kit is also good value it contains parts you may not need.
So that leaves $500 for competition fees and registration. If you have success I’m sure more money will be found.
Yes, it’s the “cheap” stuff. But we have been using this for 5 years of VEX. Sometimes we buy the reinforced cutting heads, but they cost ALOT, and students are so careless that they just break them when they set the dremel down. It isn’t worth the extra money to just have them broken.
Don’t forget the $850 entry fee to the world’s!
But seriously, by the time you have built a few prorotypes, replaced a dozen motors, and so on, I suggest $3500 is more realistic, but worth much more than 10x that in fun and learning for high-school engineers.
Good luck … make it happen!
And by the way … do not waste your money on any power tools other than a good battery operared drill and bits. A nice-to-have is a sanding machine.
For hand tools the Vex toolkit, plus a hacksaw with 32t blades, vice, hammer, left- and right-handed tin snips, long-nose pliars, #1 philips screw driver, square, selection of files plus a good organizer and a toolbox.