All reasons to NOT build a robot:
Expensive!! For the price of one robot, I can buy 2700+ Gushers fruit snacks…nutrition or endless pain of build season, your choice
Boring!! Motor spin, thing spin, robot move…where is the fun in that? With a pack of Galactic Fruit Gushers Fruit Flavored Snacks, you can possibly get a surprise in every bite! With a robot everything is repeatable and boring, no one likes robots. The pure bliss of finding the mystery gushers flavor has been proven by scientists that it brings far more joy to students compared to building robots, greater inspiration, and leads them to be more likely to go to a accredited 4-year institution.
Unsustainable!! $5,000 in registration, $5,000 for robot, $5,000 for all the other things, another $5000 for the other other things, and throw in $5,000 more for literally anything else, and you have the equivalent of throwing $20k into a dumpster fire. If you look at this website, you will find that if you interpolate the match data, within the next few years, we will have 0 matches per year. This will spell death for all FIRST programs. Eventually, we will run negative matches, which means HQ will be paying US registration fees instead of the other way around. How will they afford that? You know what is sustainable? General Mills, the parent company of Gushers. Don’t believe me? Look at this graph:
Reasons to build a robot:
In conclusion, don’t let robotics control you, let Gushers control you.