Congratulations on all the Mesa teams, especially, the Street Rats for winning the Best Core Values award at their Regional competition on November 2nd! Here’s a little from Mesa participant, Brooke Sanders:
I first became interested in robotics after developing a fascination for building Legos and becoming interested in learning to code. I have always enjoyed math and science and getting involved in First Lego League Robotics of Arizona through Education Empower Inc. (nonprofit) and one of its founders Ms. Anna Prakash introduced me to robotics and programming to accomplish missions and solve real life problems while learning more about science. In addition, I have learned the importance of working as a team and demonstrating other core values such as inclusion, discovery and impact while having fun and developing relationships with peers from different schools. I have also had the opportunity to get exposed to real scientists, engineers and experts in different fields to get more insight on solutions that can be used to solve problems encountered throughout the missions. I have been inspired by youth mentors including girls like me such as Elaina Ashton who has worked a lot with my team and others to coach us on the best ways to think about solving the missions and to prepare for the competitions. In addition, I have been privileged with the opportunity to reach the Arizona, First Legal League state tournament for three consecutive years with the guidance of Intel coaches Alan Tu and Robab Shakiba. This year, my FLL team “The Resistance” has won the championship at the Intel regional tournament last weekend. These experiences not only have inspired me to pursue an engineering or science career but also have provided me with experiences such as presentations skills which will make me better at getting my ideas across. I truly love being involved in robotics and hope to be able to inspire other kids who come behind me to pursue such an amazing experience.