Created: Sun, 15 Dec 2013 09:33:00 EST
Updated: Mon, 16 Dec 2013 10:15:36 EST
Middle School students had laser like focus as they competed in the 3-rd annual first lego league regional robotics competition in Dublin. Impressive children to say the least. Many saying they have dreams of being engineers---at 12 !
"The atmosphere of controlling the robot, it's just so much fun, said 12-year-old Ben Huggins. competing in the regional competition was 32 teams including two from the Oconee Community Mentoring Association.
A Community based mentoring service helping to instill positive values in kids.
"we learn how to program. we learn how to build robots from legos," said Christian Miller, a member of OCMA.
Coach Chris Johnson started the program in 2009. "First Lego was a program that I saw advertised and I thought would be a great activity for my kids."
Judges assessed three fields in the competition--project presentation, robot design and core values. While the day is about competition, these coaches say they're looking to prepare students for the real world.
"All jobs in the future are going to have a high technical component to them. our children have to be ready for the new you know 21st century job market which is going to be highly technical," said Johnson
"I realized that as you grow up the one thing that stands out the most is your grades"
Rodrick Wimbush is a member of OCMA and now a judge for the first Lego league. "I realized that as you grow up the one thing that stands out the most is your grades."
He says both the First Lego League and OCMA have helped him learn life lessons. "Always believe in yourself, if you push yourself to the next level you'll never know what you can achieve"