National (Global?) Mindsets/Approaches/Views in FIRST

In a post about a possible Midwest Driver’s Union, Eugenia Gavrielov made the following comment, which got me thinking:

What are the differences in the mindsets, approaches, and overall views of FIRST in both its competetive and educational aspects throughout the different regions of involvement?

This isn’t meant to be a “so-and-so is more competetive while so-and-so embodies education and inspiration” thread, and I can only hope that it doesn’t turn into such. I’m just genuinely interested in the opinions of different people throughout FIRST.

Out here in the west we build robots like bricks and beat the _______ out of each other. :smiley:

You may find some interesting (and funny!) stuff relating to this topic in the following thread…