Posted by Ken Leung at 2/7/2001 6:44 AM EST
Student on team #192, Gunn Robotics Team, from Henry M. Gunn Senior High School.
In Reply to: Q&A164
Posted by Joe Johnson on 2/7/2001 6:14 AM EST:
This rule does seems quite unreasonable… But if you think about it, it kind of teach teams more about managing money and resources even more efficiently. Every team now learns to not spend too much money on spare parts and hope to reuse them in later years.
And if you look at the market of computer components, it kind of have a similar situation on the people, except in the computers market people have to keep buying new components because the older version simply go obsolete so fast that the people need to keep up. And that’s just life. People just seem to work harder so they can buy newer stuff and be happy about the fact that they are keeping up.
Well, I still understand that there is no reason to buy new parts from year to year in this competition. But the reason behind this rule is still consistent with the spirit of FIRST. The more I think about this, the more goodness is coming from this rule.
For rookie teams, they don’t have to worry about much because it’s their first time buying the stocks. They learn to spend money more wisely. And whatever extra parts they have they can end up selling them to other teams who needs them. This is a pretty nice way to make sure people don’t waste any parts. Teams now won’t buy too much from small parts, but instead they will buy the extras from other team, thus reducing the demand on Small Parts and make SPI’s life easier. In addition, same thing apply to teams who decide not to continue in the competition. They can sell the parts the year so when other teams buy them, it will be purchasing parts in the current year.
For veteran teams, I guess FIRST just want to make sure veteran teams don’t have left over money because they don’t need to buy more from small parts. It is kind of unfair that if one year a veteran team receives much more funds then they need for that year, they get to be rich and don’t have to worry about money for a while, while other teams have to struggle through every year trying to find sponsors.
I can understand FIRST’s standpoint about this. In the spirit of the competition, FIRST will rather be stricter about rules then to let older teams have an advantage over rookie teams.
Then again unfairness always happens in the business world, and the stronger fittest simply survive. But I suppose FIRST would like to create an easier environment for other teams to really have a good learning experience about engineering and technology while not having to worry about business just yet.
I guess I don’t have much complains about this.