I was trying to find NYC teams nearest to a location. The FIRST inspires site allows searching by zip code which is good but then limits distance to 10 miles. New York City is very dense, there’s lots of things within 10 miles, but it could take you an hour to travel that far so I’m looking for something more granular.
The only way I can think of to do this is to click on each “New York” team and see where they are with a map handy. Before doing that, I figure I should ask here in case such a thing already exists.
100 miles? Wait, there’s something FIRST does better than TBA??? At least TBA does have mapping available from the team pages, though I don’t think it’s all that accurate (it’ll get you into the city, at least).
On the other hand, I think I saw somebody post a link to a “global map” of teams in the last year or two.
Thanks! That’s exactly what I was looking for. They don’t have granularity for the miles you can search for, but it doesn’t matter because they SORT the results by distance. Which is both logical and useful.
It also helped a lot because some of the nearby teams are in the borough of Brooklyn and I hadn’t looked through all the Brooklyn teams to see which are nearby.
That was what I was thinking I mean how many freaking engineering students do we have that really need something to do??? I also like the feeling of a map because for people that want to join a team but don’t know how to join or where to join it would make searching for a team easier for them.
I caught a parent and her son at our regional last year talking to a volunteer about how to find a local team. The volunteer suggested the FIRST website, which she had apparently tried to use in vain. She found out about the regional from the news (!) and came to check it out.
I interjected and pulled her aside and helped her. Apparently her son was about to enter HS in Shenendehowa - home of Team 20, but she couldn’t navigate the FIRST site to get any contact information. (She didn’t realize Team 20 was out of their school - the school is buried in a wall of sponsor text on the FIRST site.)
So yes, there’s quite a bit of room for improvement in mapping and team information, especially for those new to FIRST.