I am a rookie coach of 3 young homeschooled girls who just finished our first season at the qualifier. I have an engineering/math background, but not much mechanical engineering.
Let me say our team had a fabulous time at the qualifier. Lots of fun was had by all, and we all learned a lot.
We continued to meet 2x a month to continue learning about programming and robot design in preparation for next year.
Then I just burned out. I looked ahead to the next year: I still don't have a good feel for robot design, even having worked partway through the Winning Design book. I thought the first half of the book was poorly written, and couldn't bring myself to get through the 2nd half.
My dd doesn't care for the graphical programming language Lego uses. We recently embarked on learning Python, and both of us were relieved at how much easier it is to learn and understand than Lego.
The Project was a surprise to me last year. Why are we doing a science fair at a robot competition? I didn't know about the project until we had already registered. We managed to put something together, but the idea of going through that again, in addition to all the robotics stuff, just seemed daunting.
Has anyone else BTDT? The kids would like to continue, but it seems like such a time sink to me, better spent elsewhere.
Thanks for your help!