Thanks for the advice, calvc01. That makes me feel at least a little bit better.
Our team managed to score 2 STEM Research awards, 1 Robot Skills award, 3 Teamwork Champion awards and 1 Excellence Award in their local and State competitions so far, so they’re not “used to losing”. They qualified for the World Championship with that 2nd STEM and the 3rd Teamwork award and a WHOLE LOT of sheer luck at the State competition. Are they ready for Worlds? Not by a long shot and I’m just worried that, if they get “pounded” by the competition at the Worlds event, it might discourage them from staying in the program next year. Hard enough to keep them motivated when things just don’t want to work out (our autonomous program worked flawlessly during practice, but NOT EVEN ONCE at the State competition), so we’re just looking for options to give them a better chance…aside from relying on our STEM project to maybe be good enough for the World competition too.