We go back Sept 3rd, and I hope to actually do stuff this year, unlike last year… :-\ (Driver’s Ed sucks, worst 17 weeks ever).
We have a “Robotics Driver’s Ed” (yeah, I know I’m coining it after a bad thing, but my dad came up with the name) to teach anyone who has any urge at all, to ever touch the controls on the robot. I hope to pick out younger potential drivers, not by skill, but by how they listen, as I find the ability to listen much more important than skill. After that’s done, anyone who “passes” (IE, has enough skill and listening abilities) will be noted, and then they’ll have to keep working through March to stay a consideration for a driver. Hopefully it’ll be better than the previous two years, in which I, as (more or less) head programmer, my other programmer, and another student who just kind of tried to drive became the drivers, only because we knew how the robot worked, and no one else did…
As for classes in school, I’m taking several AP classes, two other college tech classes that don’t get any weighted credits (Cisco Semesters 3 + 4 and High Tech 2). Those will kill me, but there’s no way around it. I’m also doing an Intel Project, which won’t help. Come January, I will quite literally be sleeping whenever I have a free two minutes.
Considering advantages to going back to school early, more time spent on AP/IB materials is always better. For FIRST, it helps, but not too much. Most teams should be firing up the team engines around that time anyways, and school starting is only important for getting new team members and establishing any new policies and whatnot.
So, long story short, school starting is bad, because it means no more summer, good because it means that the robotics season is only 4 monthes (and change) away :D.