Originally Posted by Steven Sigley
Couldn't have said it better myself.
You could have said it right... FIRST isn't about teaching, it's about inspiration. Inspiration can come from education but it can also come without it. I don't need to teach my students how to build a hardware PID controller. Only show them what it can do so they can become curious and want to learn how to do it. Some mentors/teams/students are inspired through education, others aren't or can't.
To me, if all a student learns in a given season is "I don't really like writing code" I consider it a success, the student was inspired to find what they are passionate about. That's my job here.
You can lead a horse to water but you can't make it drink. Our job is to make the horse thirsty.