We are just getting started with VEX at the high school and will be moving into an empty room. We have ordered the kits, but now need to order tables. This might be a silly question, but what color table top is best for students when working with lots of parts and pieces? Our choices are black, greys, and white. Also, what depth (24, 30, 36, 48) would be ideal for teams of two?
On the topic of tables, in our workspace, which alternates between iq, vrc, and vex-u (in a normal year–we’ve been shut out for a full year now for covid), we use 2 ft by 5 ft white plastic folding tables. At the end of every work session, the teams have to fold up their tables and put them away. In a previous work area years ago, teams had a tendency to leave their stuff out, leading to a mess. Having to fold the tables up to put them away helps enforce the rule because there’s no way around it.
So another thing to take into consideration is table height. Ideally tables that support working on the robot easily while standing are a must. Plus high stools instead of normal chairs allow most people to comfortable stand or sit and work. Another cool storage solution is having shelving attached underneath the tables. This allows for teams to keep tool clutter off of the work space and also organized.