I’ve been asked this question so many times that you’d think I’d have an answer by now… but no, every time I’m asked it is back to the old drawing board to develop a unique answer. This time I’m going to throw it open to the forum and see if I can crowdsource some ideas.
So… let’s say a team has $1,500 to purchase hardware and software to get started in VRC. Right now, they have nothing. The $1,500 has to include all the hardware they need to get started in year one, including:
Boxes for safe storage of all the little bits and pieces.
Batteries, controllers and the rest of the robot.
VEX specific allan keys/wrenches
But NOT including:
Entry fees, game pieces, playing fields, legal plastic parts, or common hand tools such as wrenches and hack saws.
A) If you have a maximum of $1,500 what would you buy? Please provide part numbers, prices, and any reasons that you might have. (but leave off taxes and shipping, since those vary by location)
B) What are the top three parts that you left off the “Part A” list that you really, really wish you had?
I’m posting my answer to my blog, but will be linking back to this thread. Hopefully it will help introduce some new VRC coaches to the VEXforums.
Thanks for your help,