2011 Robotics season

Posted on Wednesday, March 30th, 2011 at 10:55 pm in

In posts for previous years, I have done a bunch of complaining. But I’d like to emphasize the good. Frankly, I’m amazed the team still exists. We managed to get sponsorship somehow, that was good. I have learned a lot about engineering, and it’s been fun despite being frequently harrowing during build season.

To be mature, the problems at foot are my fault. The team members needed more training in order to provide assistance, and I realized that I hadn’t prioritized teaching, only to learn and build. And so I ended up doing a lot of it, and most team members little. I was afraid, I think, that they would ignore me. I have given small lessons in the past, and the students were inattentive. Also, it’s hard to give lessons and pep talks when only half the members are present at any time. I was too lazy to repeat myself. I hoped there would be more students with internal motiviation who would, like me, figure things out autonomously. This seems to be the case on other teams, so our team needs to work on attracting those kinds of people.

Actually, my dad ended up doing a lot of building and me the designing. You see, I figured out how to use Autodesk Inventor this time. It really is an amazing piece of software, albeit cranky with some of my constraints.

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