Fall is nearly over, and with winter around the corner, so is the new year.
So, let’s get this out of the way:
No, I was not dead, just preoccupied with a lot of school-related things. One being a seminar on Fibre Optic Technology, and the other being FLL.
For those unaware, FLL – FIRST Lego League – is a program that introduces and encourages child interest in the Science and Technology fields. This years challenge was known as Trash Trek, and quite ironically, involves handling the growing concerns over garbage buildup.
Children collaborate in teams, either created by schools, or by communities. They must engineer their own solution towards this issue, and create a presentation on it.
The other portion – my favorite portion – is the robot game sponsored by LEGO. Children must build autonomous robots out of LEGO that complete this mini-missions on a game board.
My high school was fortunate to be hosting our regional FLL tournament for the 2nd time.
A majority of my time was spend being a referee, and becoming affiliated with the accommodations of this event.
Was it a lot of work? Hell yes.
Was it worth it? Most definitely.
There is no end to the satisfaction felt from realizing that you’ve just inspired a generation of children into loving Science and Technology. Who knows? One of them could be the next great engineer.
Ever since participating in the FLL Food Factor 2011 Challenge, I’ve been hooked to both FLL, and FIRST.
I’ve also mentored my middle school’s 2012 Senior Solutions team, and reffed the 2014 World Class Challenge.
Anyways, I’m sorry for my abrupt appearance, and haste departure.
Before I go, let me leave you with the suggestion of checking out FIRST (go ahead and click the logo above!). It’s changed my life, and I bet it would for you as well.
I hope you’re having a good time! It is the weekend after all!
Care for a suggestion on this weekends activities? Get outside.
Literally. Get out there. Tend to your garden, take a walk, bike, frolic in meadows – just take in that fresh air and enjoy the world around you.
Quite recently, I’ve had an experience which led to reminisce in the simple things. Through this ‘window’, I’ve managed to experience the life we leave behind in our drive, our evolution, towards a futuristic age.
And before this turns into a discussion weighing the pros of active human ingenuity and the simple, but quiet past, I just want it known that it never hurts to remember – and if you cant – then think, about the simple days.
Days where you awake in the morning to not 8 o’clock traffic, but the sound of birds.
Days where your job didn’t involve working in metal structures built above ground, but on the ground itself.
Days where sleep was greeted not with dread as wasted time, but as a period of serene relaxation for the days ahead.
Ladies and gentlemen, Bon Iver – Skinny Love
Again, just try to recall the elementary days. You’ll be a better person in the end, really.
I’ve been playing a lot of Sid Meier’s Civilization recently as Bismark of Germany.
Popular to contrary belief, I value the economic and production benefits, which help aplenty in city development and city-state relationships. Then, once late-game, I can bask in the war/army benefits.
I couldn’t contain my satisfaction from stumbling across this piece, which matched the theme of ‘civilization’ entirely.
Presenting Karma Fields – Build The Cities ft. Kerli (Project 46 Remix)