DREAM stands for Delivery of Resources and Equal Access Machining. This is a new initiative that team 865 took starting in the 2018 offseason in order to level the playing field and give teams opportunities. The DREAM project is broken down into two components, our Open Machine Shop, and our Grant Writing Seminar.
Our team has access to an abundance of resources from our school’s Engineering-Robotics SHSM (Specialist High-Skills Major). We’ve realized over the years that many other teams don’t have access to machinery as we do, and created an application form (published on our website and can be found here: http://tinyurl.com/865machining, or at the top of our website (Machining Form). Our machines include a CNC mill, a CNC router, a CNC lathe, manual mills, and manual lathes. We take requests including (but not limited to) gussets, boxtube, and plates. Team 865 is currently supporting four teams through our machine shop.
FIRST, unfortunately, is accompanied by many expenses, which leads to the shutdown of many rookie teams. Financial stability is crucial for teams, not only in the short run but in the long-term. Often teams don’t know where to start or how to properly fundraise. To make it easier for rookie teams, we partnered with the Grant Review team at Motorola Solutions Foundation to create a Google Hangouts video call in which they did a presentation and worked one-on-one with us to answer any questions we had. They showed us and other teams how the process works from both the point of view of the applicant and recipient.