Which person would spend hours of their time to give find children who would be interested in robotics? Which person would then sacrifice their free time to help the children in building their robot? Of all the people I’ve met, only one person would willingly do that. She has helped a group of children including me understand engineering concepts in a few weeks that would normally be taught at high schools over the span of months. My robotics teacher’s personal interests is something she couldn’t care less about. Instead, she puts everyone else’s interests above her personal interests. My robotics teacher being one of the most, if not the most, selfless person I’ve ever met has allowed us to get constant help and feedback, allowing us to get to the National Robotics competition for robotics as a rookie team. I cannot think of anyone more impactful on my life than my robotics teacher.
Our robotics teachers spending their time helping us find the flaws in our robots.
Gear trains in robotics
Thanks to our coaches help and inspiration, my robotics team made it to the state finals as a rookie team with a majority of the members in grades 7-9. In comparison, most of the other teams had most members in 12th grade.
Clinging on to wins
After months of our coaches help and inspiration, we have managed to make our robot controllable, make our robot be able to tell the difference between colors, and make our robot be able to hand off a beam and support itself with no motors needed.
Our robotics mentors have spent hours looking over our robot after we find a flaw in our robot. My robotics team is very thankful for that, as without that, we would've definately not made it to the finals at the state tournament.
Clinging on to wins
Not just our robot to look at
The best mentors manage to improve every part of one's game. When we went to our robotics competition, we were all very focused on our own robot. Our coaches, however, had the bigger picture in mind. They got us to look at other robots and take ideas from them. That alone improved our robot tenfold.
One of the most important lessons we have learned from our robotics mentors is keep it simple. There are many ways to go about designing a piece of a robot, but sometimes all that is needed is one motor and one piece of metal.
Organization is key
For everything we do, organization is important. Our mentors helped us make tables that we could use to keep information we gather at tournaments organized.