I have not attempted to leap to the conclusion that every single mentor acts this way, if I have, I apologize for grossly misrepresenting my opinion, but I don’t see where I have indicated that. I only mean that it is a reality which is possible within the rules and statements made by FIRST.
Good, I’m glad that you see that, unfortunately that does not change what I have seen at competition, I don’t mean to say that every pit looks this way, but some do.
Ah yes, that is an opinion I have clearly articulated, thank you for clarifying, as even I didn’t know that I thought that way!
Seriously, why on earth would you say that, I am in no way against putting teams on the field because of a time crunch, I have felt my fair share of blows in that regard, I honestly don’t have much of a response to that because it was such a leaping assumption you made about me.
My teammates would laugh if they saw this, the 7 days before bag I spent 73 hours in the lab. I know what a time crunch is, and if that’s what it takes to put a robot on the field, then I guess my mentors have done a pretty good job of enabling my dedication, and allowing me to show them what is possible. Additionally, last year the plate mounting our lift to it’s driving chain broke in the middle of a quarterfinals match. It was a student who led the charge in organizing the other students in the pit to make a new plate in the extremely short time we had before our next match. That is the environment my team has made possible.
I think academic success is pretty unrelated to an experience in dedication and inspiration, I don’t quite see how related that is to the issue at hand. Regardless, last year’s seniors (the only ones I’ve known well) both made it to their top college of choice (both to purdue), and just two days ago one of them visited the lab and told us about the co-op he had just qualified for, as well as his experience of quickly becoming one of the leaders on the manufacturing team of an extra-curricular engineering team he had joined. So I hope that is evidence enough that our team fosters both a culture of student drive and grit, and academic success in higher education.