New to KIPR open

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mattS-H
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Hello there,

I just graduated from high school, and some of my fellow graduates wish to form our own team for KIPR open! Any tips on how to start up a team, guidelines for success and so on would be much appreciated!

We are salvaging the older CBCs from our former high school team as they decided the have no use for them with the new links out (even though the cbc still has kick to it).

Are there any suggestions on getting funding? Being poor college students is tough enough, and money is needed for parts and such.

Thanks for any help in advance,

Matthew Salfer-Hobbs

Matt Salfer-Hobbs
Fletcher Robotics (2009-2013)
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Hey Matt,

A lot of colleges have a program in place for engineering and CS competitions. If you go through the person who's in charge of that program at your college, there's a good chance they can give you some funding. When I wanted to start up Team SNARC in 2011, I went to the leader of the OU competitive robotics program, and we talked, and he asked the Electrical Engineering college for some funds to buy an AR.Drone ($300), and they got it for us without any trouble. Also, if you're publishing a GCER paper, a lot of colleges have funding available for undergraduate research -- we got $500 from OU to partially cover Hawaii expenses because we were presenting papers.

Hope this helps -- it's always good to have more KIPR Open teams!

-Jeremy Rand
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mattS-H
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Thank you very much for the info!!

Matt Salfer-Hobbs
Fletcher Robotics (2009-2013)
-builder (2009-2013) -programmer (2010-2013) -lead programmer and co-captain (2011-2013)