For the last week I have been traveling from Michigan to St. Louis as part of the FIRST Robotics World Championship. I’m a mentor for the Adambots (www.adambots.com) and I was chosen to que the teams…which means getting them from their ‘Pit’ to the arena and onto the field of play, both in the right order and ON TIME! A number of people told me that mentoring teenagers was like ‘herding cats’ but aside from the initial bumps in the road, it was a lot of fun, and I was able to meet kids from all over the world – the Netherlands, Brazil, Israel, Mexico, Canada – as well as teams from all over the U.S. I also met some other great volunteers from all over the country, with all kinds of interesting stories and personalities! FIRST Robotics, started by Dean Kamen, promotes science, math, technology, problem-solving, camaraderie and ‘Gracious Professionalism.’ I was one of 800 volunteers, and there are 120,000 volunteers for FIRST around the country. It was a whirlwind, and I am glad to be home – heading to my sewing room for the rest of the week!
There were lots of ways that I was inspired this week, but I’m attaching only a few of the photos, as they really show some of the enthusiasm the kids (AND adults) have. (www.usfirst.org)
ST. Louis is known for it’s Arch, but it has a beautiful sculpture park, Laumeier Sculpture Park (www.laumeiersculpturepark.org ) as well as smaller sculptures in lots of areas – restaurants, hotels, courtyards, city parks. I respect the copyright laws on the laumeier site, but will say.. I have a new favorite sculptor…Isaak Witkin. His sculpture is fluid, interesting, and makes me ponder. If you’re in the area, GO! Reflective, calming, interesting, dynamic… OK, I could on and on, but go visit! Because of this park, I am going to start seeking more parks like it. I know there’s the Meijer site in Grand Rapids, Michigan, so maybe that will be next.
Finally, the streets of St. Louis were interesting as well…. there were triangles in a row like ‘Flying Geese’ and triangles/lines used as urban camo for traffic camera/lights.
Be inspired this week!