Excited Daredevils fans from Elise Kuutti’s kindergarten class at Lester Park Elementary School came to the FIRST Robotics Northern Lights Regional Competition at the DECC to watch qualifying matches today. The children were excited to experience the day’s happenings. They got to sit with current Daredevils, watch the matches, and talk with members of the team. The day brought inspiring ideas for these future robotics participants, as well.
One of the kindergartners, Callum, enjoyed watching the robots compete. He also said his dream is to be an inventor someday. Two other students, Angel and Chloe, were amazed to be here. Chloe loved watching the mascots from the other teams and Angel was just absorbing all the fun. In the pit, where all the teams work on their robots, the children were drawn in watching the Daredevils as they prepared for their next match. Harvey and Blake especially had fun collecting buttons, and Harvey indicated he really liked to watch the robots battle on the field.
From the beginning of the school year, the students have learned a lot about robots in the classroom, knowledge which they brought with them today. To prepare the them for their visit, Kuutti, a former Daredevil parent and mentor, explained the basics of robotics and described the process of designing the robots. Kuutti also had them draw their own design and build it with LEGOs®. With this preparation, and their experiences throughout the day today, the students learned a lot about the world of robotics.
If the students continue to learn and come back throughout the years, maybe we can expect to see them as Daredevils someday.