Yesterday was the 2015 kickoff of the FIRST Robotics Competition. What’s that, you say? Well, watch this video and listen to the soothing voice of Morgan Freeman while he explains it to you:
Don’t worry, I’ll wait for you to finish before I continue…
FIRST Robotics is a way for me to give back to the community, and a way for me to help further Science and Engineering in the U.S. You see, for a long time I’ve read the articles and seen the statistics of the state of decline of Science and Engineering within the U.S. and how all these jobs and proficiencies are going off-shore. It’s disconcerting, to say the least. Then I came to the realization: What am I doing about it? I’ll save you the platitudes about how even one person can make a difference, blah, blah, but the fact remains that if I’m not doing my part, I can’t get all preachy about other people not doing theirs. That would make me a hypocrite, which is something I vowed I would never be. It’s a worthy goal, and lots of people in the public eye agree, for once.
Who would have thought you’d see Snoop Dogg and the like bestowing the virtues of Science? Did I mention that Will.I.Am performs at the FIRST Robotics Championship basically every year?
He’s doing his part. I guess I should do mine. That’s why for the last 2 years I’ve been involved in FIRST Robotics as a Judge and a Mentor. That’s also why this year I accepted the primary coach position for the Raymore-Peculiar High School Robotics team, at which I’ll be spending at least 3 days a week coaching and mentoring 30-40 students every week, getting ready for the Kansas City Regional on March 13-14.
More on the actual kickoff and design later!