re: Robotics Competition: Tomorrow's Tech Talent Has Game
I found Dan Richardson's comment about how the competitiveness of the robotics league captured his fascination. The spirit of the competition is a paradox - at times competitive, yes, but also cooperative.
My son, Billy, is a member of the Pascack Pioneers of River Vale, NJ. During last year's competition, another team's robot suffered mechanical failure. Billy provided assistance, fixing their robot. When I asked him, "Aren't you helping the competition?", his response was, "It's not a competition to me. It's all about helping and learning from each other".
As well, at the end of each match, teams tried to balance their robot on a "coopertition" bridge with the other team's robot, even nudging a sluggish competitor's robot with their own to accomplish the feat, in order to earn extra points.
Teams also regularly cheer for other teams.
So, while each team certainly wants to win, members exude a spirit sorely lacking in the win-at-all-costs world of sports. Learning how to win is important; learning to do so with grace and humility is equally important.