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General Discussion / Re: Budget
« Last post by kweiss on July 03, 2015, 02:29:02 PM »
You seem to be pretty on point, although you may want to consider breaking things down further, because depending on your team's preferences, some of the items you listed could drastically range in price. Here are the following things you may want to consider:

Booth- This can be anything from PVC with fabric draped over it to 80/20 with flat screen TVs and LED lights. You will want to think about how over the top you want to make your booth before allocating money towards it.

Transportation- Depending on where you are coming from and what your team/school rules are, you may be able to carpool with parents driving, or you may need to rent a bus.

Team outfits- I say outfits because these can range from t-shirts, to jean button down shirts, to plastic hazmat suits, to hand made Hawaiian pants. You will also want to consider what your presentation team will wear if it is something that they do not already own.

Spirit- Most teams will make some sort of "spirit sticks" to have in the stands to define their team area. These tend to be home made out of materials like PVC. Other spirit items could be colored hairspray or pompoms, but I consider these to be very much optional.

Booth freebie- Most teams will give out something in their booth, but it is up to you what you want to give. It could be business cards, stickers, keychains, or something more.

Food- You will want to think about food at kickoff and the competition, as well as any meals that may be needed during build season.

Presentation- Many teams opt to give the judges some sort of folder with information about their team as a way to remember them when they leave the judging room. What goes in the folder is at your discretion.

I hope this helps and I wish you the best of luck!
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General Discussion / Budget
« Last post by Emily Johnson on July 03, 2015, 10:16:45 AM »
Hi!
I'm finalizing the budget for our team, and I was just wonder what other people put in their budgets. Of course, BEST registration and materials are free, so it's just a small amount for booth/presentation materials, the notebook and sheet protectors, and a small amount to replace something that is ruined. (Like plywood) I guess a small amount for snacks/spiritwear. Is there anything that you notice that I failed to mention? Thanks!!
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Booth / Re: Booth Ideas?
« Last post by Jim_Walker on May 11, 2015, 02:52:54 PM »
You've basically hit the nail on it's head. So moving on from that, I think that the thing that most teams don't do so well on is making sure that everything is neat and VERY clear, and also not too long-winded. The people who are in the pit, talking with the judges are far more important than what is actually on the panels.
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Booth / Booth Ideas?
« Last post by Reynold on May 08, 2015, 09:01:20 PM »
What do you think makes a good booth? To me, as long as it shows off the team in a well organized and professional manner and does cool stuff with other people, it's a nice booth  ;D. I'd like to know what you guys think!
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General Discussion / Re: Linkage comments, issues, or changes
« Last post by Atlas Seniority on September 18, 2014, 06:23:08 PM »
I don't find issues, but maybe a new insignia?
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General Discussion / Re: Wheels
« Last post by kweiss on September 18, 2014, 12:16:31 PM »
Here are some examples of wheels our team has made and used in the past. They are all made out of wood that was cut on our CNC. One thing to keep in mind is that you will want some sort of traction on your wheels. In the past, our team has used a variety of methods to gain traction including putting rubber on the edges of the wheels and most recently adding 1/4 inch "spikes" (you can somewhat see them in the second pic) to the wheels for Bugs in 2012 when the game pieces were a solid 2lbs.
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General Discussion / Re: Wheels
« Last post by Andrew on September 18, 2014, 09:47:04 AM »
A quick answer to your question is no you have to create your own from the parts. More in depth answer for the reason behind this is that in order. To create a fair competition BEST has given everybody the same parts and those parts are the only thing that you can use. This way money is not an issue for teams sense the kit of parts is provided for free. If you would like to view the compleate rules go and get the rules from the BEST File Maneger located at http://best.eng.auburn.edu/stored_procedures/folder-manager2/folder-auth.php?folder=859&parent_id=1 the password to get into it is located on the last page of the notebook you got from your hub on kickoff.
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General Discussion / Wheels
« Last post by SandyCreek on September 18, 2014, 09:11:59 AM »
Are we permitted to use the wheels we own or do we have to create new wheels from the parts?
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Rules/Strategy / Re: Booth Rules
« Last post by Andrew on September 17, 2014, 07:03:02 AM »
No problem!
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Rules/Strategy / Re: Booth Rules
« Last post by Atlas Seniority on September 16, 2014, 10:39:55 PM »
Thank you so much!
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