As the title implies, I’m wondering how teams usually find technical mentors, as that’s a major weak point of our program at the moment.
A bit of background on our team – Our team is a community team, started in late 2018 because I had experience on another FRC team, and wanted to make “the FRC experience” more accessible to students in my area. For our first year, we functioned mostly without mentorship, as our “lead coach” in the system moved around 45 minutes away, and was frequently out of town. After the season, we put out several notices on CD and other platforms and found a few amazing individuals, however, no direct technical mentorship beyond some code review.
Going into our third season, I’m not entirely sure how to go about finding technical mentorship, which seems to be one of our biggest weaknesses as a program, as the students on the team are really motivated to improve, however without guidance, it’s a lot harder for students to learn and grow. I’ve been trying to fill that role as best I can, by teaching myself using online resources and passing on that knowledge, however, our team’s grown past the point where I’m able to effectively teach all the new members across sub-fields. Does anyone have any ideas or suggestions as to how one might effectively find guidance?