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Purchasing Materials

We can purchases basic materials for your project. Each team is allocated approximately $600 for their project budget. This number can go up or down based on the number of teams and the nature of their projects each year.

Our preferred providers are

1. Amazon (for most anything, with prime shipping preferred)
2. Adafruit (for Arduinos, RPis, and associated electronics, servos, etc.)
3. McMaster-Carr for odd-size fasteners, connectors, etc.

For basic electronics and other hardware components a competitive analysis isn't usually required. If you are ordering something unusual or specific related to your project (e.g. laser altimeter, thermal imaging camera, etc.) I will ask you to do a trade study to compare different examples of the component to select the best part for the best price. See me for details.

To order from Amazon, create a list on your account and then add me, nikhil.joshi@highlineschools.org as a collaborator for your parts list. I can then easily purchase everything on your list.

If you are using vendors other than Amazon, it gets more complicated. The procedure is:

  1. create a spreadsheet with all the parts, and the column data filled in, and share with me.
    Part NameUnit CostQuantityTotal CostLink to webpage for the partAny important notes or comments, use for part.

  2. After I approve the parts list I will reserve the school credit card to purchase the parts.
  3. You need to go to each vendor website and fill your cart with the necessary parts.
  4. You need to fill in the shipping and billing information for each vendor as shown below.
    Shipping Address:

    Nikhil Joshi (FbD)
    Raisbeck Aviation High School
    9229 East Marginal Way S
    Tukwila WA, 98108

    Billing Address:

    Highline School District
    15675 Ambaum Blvd. SW
    Burien, WA 98166

  5. I will use the cheapest shipping option. It's easiest to have a tab in your browser for each complete shopping cart. When that's ready, call me over and I will enter the credit card information to complete the purchase.