Like most topics here, we are not the most versed, but we did do some of this last year.
I was just thinking that with COVID, all teams may need to consider this.
We are a small team, and we were mostly working with Romis when we were hybrid.
Many of the challenges are not far-removed from in-person meeting challenges. How can you maximize your time while keeping everyone engaged, learning, having fun, and achieving your goals at the same time?
The best way to do that is to have a plan and provide scaffolded resources so everyone can access the learning and fun bit while the whole team is productive. TBH, we sometimes struggle with this even in person.
Anyway, as for resources. Github is incredible. Multiple comupters and mini robots are extra helpful. If you have the ability to get a Romi in each remote programmer’s hands, it is helpful.
We had Zoom on the host laptop and running on an iPad watching the course and the main robot, but our remote programmer had one at home as well.
He and our other programmer would be able to talk to one another and each make changes to the code simultabeously. Github allowed them to sync changes. It was not flawless, but worked well enough.
If screen sharing is an option, it is helpful.
Multiple screens allow the program computer to see the people online and their code at the same time.
If we were working with the full team and robot, I would have a Zoom instance running on a t.v. and that way everyone would be able to be included when it is appropriate. When not, I would leverage breakout rooms.
If you have any mentors who are teachers and have taught hybrid courses, I would ask their help too.
Teams has a lot of potential as it coukd theoretically link directly to github, but we did not explore this.
If you all work in CADD, I would strongly suggest Onshape as it is collavorative by nature.
I would also recommend posing this question to your members. Many teams, us included, lost members because the thought of another Zoom session was too much. There is a lot that can be done independently, and having drop in help can be a powerful tool. If you are okay with member-member discussions, you could have team leads be the drop-in leaders.
The last potential suggestion is exploring the command Framework. It naturally can lend itself to distanced iteration. If members also gad a mini robot and some mechanical materials to prototype (we also sent home scaled game pieces), the remote students could create scaled prototypes.
It would be cool if your events had enough cell covetage to allow a tv to be setup in the pit too.