I'm a Jr. FLL coach, so bottom of the pyramid, as it were. And yes, we are going. The kids are super-excited, and it is SO good for them to see the kids walking the path ahead of them. The older children are always so kind to the younger ones, I am always impressed.
This is our team's second year. Last year we wound up in nearly last place, but this year we made it to the state Championship. The kids were very sad to not make it to World's, but I think they did pretty dang good moving up that much in one year's time.
We are working on being self-sustainable and then we hope to expand the program into the Lego League for the younger crew.
I was a little disappointed when my son didn't want to join a Robotics team. Then I learned what the time commitment was and decided maybe it wasn't a bad decision after all.
HUGE time commitment, my son dropped a couple sports much to his dad's chagrin. He loves it more than any sport, so it was a good choice for him.
But, yeah, it can take over your life.
The only single thing I'd let take up that much of my time is the subject that must not be named in this forum.
What he'd have had to give up made up most of his decision, I think. He likes band and hockey and mountain biking and Magic and Minecraft and watching youtube......
He may eventually find an overwhelming passion, but until he does, he's gonna be a dabbler in many things.
The kids on his school's team do love it. Most of them are in his tech program at high school so we know them a little bit.
I hope all the participants love it. The closest we've been to something like that was DI with my daughter in late grade and middle school. It wasn't quite as time intensive, but similar. A lot of fun, but a huge time commitment (often for the whole family).