You’re not the only one with this problem, and I’m happy to know I’m not doing something wrong.
I’m also happy to see that you were very lenient on the rules, especially the one about reaching under the bar. I am not looking forward to the potential number of teams that will have to be disqualified/warned for going past the bar unintentionally. It’s a summer camp, and the goal is to help the kids have fun, not enforce the rules.
I wouldn’t personally agree with this, as I think pretty much any other game would be better for kids who have never touched a robot.
What I’m referring to is the fact that these games have to be played by new and experienced teams alike. These students didn’t really care that they couldn’t really accomplish all the tasks, as there were enough tasks they could do to make the game work.
But yes, if I was designing a game just for these kids this would not be the game.