What’s Your Community? – Robotics

My favorite thing about robotics is you get
to make new friends, you get to know each other and get to program with each other. And you get to just have fun. I think it helps build social skills. Because with robotics it’s a team thing, right. You need to be able to interact with people
and be vocal about it. Because if you’re not, then things can unravel
really quickly. I would say my favorite thing is about the
community of robotics and just what it stands for in a nutshell. And it’s about people learning how to do things
as well as giving the opportunities and community to have it. It’s really cool to see the fact that you
can have people really, I don’t want to say obsessed, but it is. You’re obsessed over just these robots and
what they’re doing and to think about it, these are students doing this. I can see a change in students, give them
the opportunity to do things they didn’t think they could do. We had a student a few years back that came
in and said “I don’t know anything about computers. I don’t have any friends. But I want to join robotics.” And that particular student had Asperger’s. So it was kind of hard for him to communicate
at first. He was a senior and it was the start of the
year. By the time he graduated, he was our best
driver on the robot, he had designed the new shirt designs for all the shirts for the team,
he had created cartoons for every single student, he was outspoken and he was also the class
clown by the time we were done. So he opened up and became somebody that he
wasn’t even close to being when he came through the door. And for us, that was a huge win. And it wasn’t just one person that did it,
it was the students, it was the whole team coming together. That’s our biggest achievement, right there. If we can do that, we can change the world. (Cheering) That is fantastic!

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