I am a mentor on FRC Team 447 and we are working with FRC Team 1720 and Purdue Polytechnic Anderson to start up 10 new teams in our areas. We have limited knowledge about either the VEX program or the FTC program beyond what we see at FIRST Championships or YouTube videos.
Purdue Polytechnic Anderson has worked to secure funding for these teams and we have meet with representatives from both VEX and FIRST to learn more about their offerings. As with any meeting where a group or individual is selling you on the benefits of their program, we have gathered a lot of information about how they see it working, their programs benefits, etc. What we are looking for now is some real world feedback from people in the programs.
We have teachers interested in getting a program off the ground and the common questions come up regarding how much time and money is involved to a) be engaging and teach the students and b) field a minimally competitive robot. As a mentor on a FRC team, I simple don’t have that information first hand.
If anyone here would be will to fill out a short survey, it would be very much appreciated. The survey is designed to learn real world information regarding time commitments, team sizes, and average cost incurred in various programs. This survey is being posted on FRC forums and FTC forums as well so if you know anyone involved in any of the three programs that would be willing to fill out the survey it would be very much appreciated.
Our goal here is to provide the most accurate information to potential new mentors as we know the success or failure of a new team will reside with them. The current discussion is whether we launch as VEX teams, FTC teams, or both but we want the mentors to know what to expect with either program.