I am a co-captain of my high schools FRC team. On day 4 the team collectively decided (voted) to build a robot that had an elevator on the front to deliver hatches, and a different undecided mechanism on the other half to score cargo into the cargo ship and the lowest rocket bay. However after seeing a couple of RI3D teams members realized that it wasn’t as hard as previously thought to build a mechanism that manipulates both cargo and hatch panels. Their idea was to put a manipulator onto the elevator that we planned to use for the hatches.
When they brought to their idea to some of the mentors the mentors said basically said “we have already decided on our general design”. However the students believe that this could be a beneficial change to our robot.
I however don’t really know what to do. My co captain has a parent that is a mentor, and lets the parent push them around, so they are on the mentors side of not changing the design. I am personally on the side of the students, but i don’t want to appear to biased. Any Ideas on how the students and I should handle the situation.