My friend, Minnie, and her 5 year old daughter, Olivia, attended their first FRC Competition on Friday. Olivia was absolutely captivated by the robot action. She loved loved loved the matches and the game. When we went down to the pit to collect some buttons, Congresswoman Louise Slaughter was also visiting the pits. The Congresswoman talked to us about the work she has done to make the national grant process more fair for female scientists! She encouraged Olivia to love science and to work hard. Minnie and I were both so happy to meet and have a candid conversation with our amazing Congresswoman!
I also introduced Olivia to our alumna Shauna who has spent the last year working at NASA. Shauna really connected with Olivia - discovering their mutual love of LEGOs! A week later, Olivia is still talking about how cool it is that she met someone who worked on a robot that is in space (referring to Shauna’s work on the Robonaut 2 which is currently on the International Space Station).
I really wanted to share this story of how inspired one girl has become from her trip to the competition last Friday. Minnie and her husband, Damion, are also starting a Jr. FLL team at Olivia’s elementary school - so I am sure we will see lots more of Olivia in the future.
Well hello from competition week 5! I have just experienced my first, full blown, competition in FLR. As much as I had fun, I also had stressful moments that came with being the scouting lead. But in the end, it has its rewards. I get to work hard and see all of my efforts pay off, of course with some help from others along the way. I can now officially say that I have never needed caffeine that much that early in the morning.
Anyways, I am currently in a follow-up meeting from FLR and I presented Mr. Brewer with an awesome cookie cake. At FRC, he won the Woodie Flower's award (he totally deserved it too)! I highly recommend the cookie cakes. Scouting went... well. it still needs a little bit of work. I can't wait for Champs!!!!
Welcome to the blog of Rolling Thunder, FIRST Robotics team 1511. The team is from Penfield High School in Penfield, New York and mainly sponsored by Harris Corp. To find out more about the team and FIRST, please visit the Who We Are page.