Above: Partial screenshot of our spreadsheet tool to help FTC teams budget and order parts (download spreadsheet from the bottom of this page). LEGO Education pricing as of March 2012. Physical tools are not included in budgeting because they tend to be owned by organizations outside of the team, but there are places to enter miscellaneous items such as tools in the spreadsheet.
To create a budget, decide which of these costs your team may not require, like laptops or Mindstorm Kits, or where you would like to budget for the variable items, like the robot parts, or if you feel you need to add costs, like space rental or a teacher's stipend (though the vast majority of team's coaches are unpaid volunteers).
Veteran team will want to start by creating a parts budget using our spreadsheet tool. We've filled in part counts for simple, medium and complex robots. The spreadsheet can aslo be used to keep track of major parts orders.
If you have more than one team, you will be able to share a field and the field elements each year, as well as all the larger and more expensive tools.
First Year Costs = ~$3,000 (1-time) + ~$2,000 (Annual) = ~$5,000 not inlcuding tools
One-Time Costs ~$3,000 not including tools
* Resources that teams may already own and not need to purchase.
** FTC Base Kit available with or without Mindstorms Kit, but Mindstorms as priced assumes it is ordered with the Base Kit.
*** Field wall are expensive, and a less expensive version of the walls could be constructed, but not ideal.
Annual Costs ~$2,000 not including tools
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