When we became too old to compete, Wendy, Mom, and I agreed to volunteer judge one of the local competitions. For the past four years, we have thoroughly enjoyed helping run these tournaments and seeing a side of the competitions we had never seen before and we have loved judging the different aspects of the competitions: research presentation, robot design, robot performance, and teamwork.
While I have now judged all of the different aspects of the competitions, my favorite part is refereeing the robot performance. I love watching the brilliant ways the teams solve a challenge and encouraging them in their work. I also enjoy seeing the missions first-hand and watching the team members - who are under a lot of pressure - overcome sudden mechanical problems and difficulties.
First Lego League has been a wonderful part of my life since I was nine and has taught me many valuable skills and lessons. I am so glad I can continue to and help in the program and see other kids benefit from the same experiences I enjoyed!