Enjoy these pictures taken by Karla Bickley.
I went up to Cleveland to watch the Buckeye Regional competition on Saturday and it was absolutely amazing to watch these young men and women in action. The ideas that all the teams come up with for their robots to accomplish the tasks set by FIRST for the competitions each year are simply incredible. So many different ideas to achieve the same goal! Something that I have NEVER seen at one of these competitions is a sore loser. Even the teams that have been eliminated still cheer on and congratulate the teams that have advanced. When I see how well these kids behave and work together, it makes me happy to be there when I can to show my support. The team mentors can be credited as a big influence to all the team members with all the time and effort they put in each season. They are some very special people, and top-notch role models! If you've never been to one of the FIRST robotics competitions, I highly recommend it. Congratulations to the Mavericks for winning the Buckeye Regionals, and good luck in St. Louis. Wish I could be there!