When working on an engineering team in college where we are constantly onboarding members, it’s important that everyone is aware of how different parts of the system work. It’s a little overwhelming when there’s a large-scale project to work on with so many parts to keep track of, and you may only be doing one of those parts. The best way to learn things is by getting your hands dirty and doing all of it yourself – in a mini project so you can get it done in less than 10 weeks.
We think this is is a valuable use of time – by the end you'll have broader engineering knowledge, and have a better idea of how you can contribute to the team's ongoing project.
(written by Ryan N. If you see this lmk if you like this rationale paragraph)