By now you may have heard what I announced yesterday - the pricing and the financial support we're providing to grow FTC in the coming year. In summary...
The new kit is a true competition kit. Some of the specifics include:
11 Motors (4 DC Drive, 4 Servo, 3 Lego)
3 complete sets of software (and team licenses)
The list goes on. In short it's everything you need to compete in a FIRST event in one package.
This kit, including software and licenses, would retail for about $4,000. We've worked hard with the commercial partners to drive down the cost of this kit to teams. The price to FIRST teams?
The price of the complete competition kit is $900.
As a non-profit organization FIRST is fortunate to have many great supporters. Several members of the FIRST Board of Directors (past and present) have generously donated funds to help teams and Affiliate Partners make the transition to the new platform.
Next year Affiliate Partners will receive $5,000 each to fund FTC events in their area. This is a one-year grant and will be used at their discretion for anything to do with putting on a great FTC event.
Over 800 teams competed in FTC this year. Returning teams will receive $450 toward the price of the new kit. They'll register with FTC and then be eligible for the grant.
Finally, we'll offer 250 need based rookie team grants of $450 for the 2008 season. Those same rookie teams will receive another $275 next season.
We're committed to bringing teams who have been with FTC with us to an exciting new platform that will challenge FTC teams with real-world challenges.
I'll keep this blog up and running to announce more details about ordering and kit of parts detail.
PS - Check out: http://science.ksc.nasa.gov/robotics/first/atlanta-finals-2008/ to get a look at this years FTC Championship. At about 4:15pm we'll run the showcase (new platform) championship on the Dome floor. It will be telecast by NASA via the link.