I have just returned from a quick trip to San Diego where the all-girls homeschool robotics team that I am coaching participated in the U.S. FIRST LEGO Robotics Competition. The team consisted of my two oldest daughters and four other homeschooled girls. It was a fun opportunity to teach a little math, a little science, how to build a LEGO robot, and how to give a presentation.
The girls had to give their research presentation as well as their technical presentation before a panel of judges; scientists from the San Diego Supercomputing Center. They were then called back throughout the day for additional interviews with the judges.
At the end of the day, during the awards ceremony, the team was awarded the Judges trophy for their excellent work on their technical and research presentations. The girls did an outstanding job on their research and presentation projects. I am very proud of all of them.
Here is an emotional video of the girls being called down to receive the judges trophy. (Amy is the one accepting the trophy)
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I plan to update the girls team web site with more photos and their newspaper articles soon.
If any of you have, or know of middle school-aged children, the U.S. FIRST organization, founded by Dean Kamen, is a truly wonderful group of people, dedicated to the inspiration and recognition of science and technology in students.