The team titled today FUNtastic….and that it was. This was only the second time we had the entire team together in person, but by the way the interacted you would have thought that they have been working together for decades. Each one has a unique skill set and they compliment one another really, really well. To top things off it was a super productive day. The kids made lots of important decisions, set themselves some mini goals and a time line, and made some real break throughs.
Rock is doing a super job on researching and building the wave turbine. In addition he helped out Snake with a few minor adjustments that were needed for the base that Butterfly designed. Squirrel showcased the base she designed and Jaguar was able to get the plow attachment she has been working on to fit two of the robots with a couple of modifications, still leaving room for the arm. Snake and Firefly discussed strategy and later on joined in to help on the various efforts that were taking place. Everyone took part in a discussion on the Research Project and handed in their assigned tasks to Jaguar and Squirrel, who are spearheading that effort. It was great to see the kids so productive and working so well together. At one point Butterfly was starting to get distracted by the younger siblings at play nearby and Jaguar did an incredible job of drawing her back into the group by asking for her assistance. In no time at all Butterfly was back in full form contributing. I was also really pleased to hear Dragonfly explaining to rookie team member, Squirrel, how gear trains work and quizzing her on the outcomes for various combinations. It was just so neat to see this team with four new members working and laughing as if they have been doing this for years. It really made my day and I’m still marveling at how they were so productive for the full three hour meeting. I just can’t say enough and can’t help but wonder what awesome things these kids will be doing years down the road if they keep this up.