Over the last year, the Orange County Robotics Alliance (OCRA) has been putting together a report on the sustainability of FIRST Robotics Competition teams in California. The report looks at defunct vs alive teams, what socio-economic and geographic groups don’t have access to an FRC program in their area, and explores 3 conversations with defunct teams on what could have been done to help continue run their programs moving forward. The intent of this report was to help steer internal decision making, but I hope that others within the FIRST community can find the information presented interesting and help spark other conversations and ideas. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to respond, message me, or contact OCRA directly.
OCRA is a non-profit centered in Orange County, California, dedicated on supporting robotics-based STEM education programs in Southern California. As a part of this, we help host Beach Blitz, workshops, and other events to help support teams in the area. If you are interested in helping out OCRA, please shoot me a message or contact us through our website!