BY YI-CHIA SCHMAEMAN
In the fall of 2014, 10 high school students became charter members of Wired Devils, Grosse Ile’s FIRST Robotics Competition team. FIRST, For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology, is an international organization for youths.
An old woodshop turned storage room was home to the Wired Devils. These youths were enticed by robots. They were attracted to learning by doing. They looked forward to challenges. They also were not afraid of hard work and long hours.
Under the tutelage of mentors, they learned about safety and many used hand and power tools for the very first time. Gradually, they became proficient in using engineering principles to design and prove-out a robot. Once knowledge was shared with students, the mentors stepped aside. The mentors became enablers and staunch cheerleaders of the team. With encouragement from the mentors, the team matured into a student-run operation. The day-to-day organization is planned by the student leads, who are responsible and held accountable by their groups and the mentors. [Read more…]