So,#4 had his Super-Regional (I think that translates as “Southern half of the state but there was a group from Cobb County there, so not actually sure) Lego Robotics meet yesterday. Smart, Smart event organizers. Very wise and useful event organizers who totally knew what they were doing.
You had 44 teams, ranging in size from 3 to 15 members, assorted coaches and parents. Sponsors of the event included Chik-Fil-A and Zaxby’s who provided food at a low cost. The thing was held at the Warner Robins Air Museum,so during the copious amounts of down time between events there was something interesting to do. I kept thinking how,if this had been held at a Civic center, it would have been some kind of fresh hell to go to, but no…there were all sorts of exhibits and big ol’ airplanes to look at and flight simulators for the kids to ride in. Granted, I can only look at a B-17 so many times, but there was also a warm and cozy cafeteria that apparently no one knew about, staffed by a couple of cheerful women who kept bringing hot coffee “oh…no charge, no one ever drinks this stuff anyway” and since it was on the 3rd floor with panoramic windows, Terry and I could sit and basically see the entire (well guarded and fenced) campus of the museum, and keep up with where #4 and Andrew were (plus we gave #4 a cell phone so we could call him from the cafeteria and say things like “get off the F-14, didn’t you see the no climbing sign?” and he’d think we were somehow God-like that we knew he was doing that.)
At the end of the day, there is an awards ceremony, trophies etc. Naturally, I was looking forward to that like a root canal. Wordy people talking about how smart the kids all are and spending 30 minutes thanking Chik-Fil-A and Xaxby’s for the cheap chicken, thanking each and every volunteer by name, all that…oh yay I was looking forward to that. then it started, and the Emcee guy said “thanks everyone, for the cheap chicken and for helping out. Here’s who won what: etc” and 20 minutes later we were in the car and heading out. Boom, just like that.
Anyway, his team didn’t place, so they aren’t going on to the State thing. Part of me is all “rats” because it would be cool to do that, but the other part is all “WHEW” because it’s held in Atlanta on the Ga Tech campus and its 3 days after I am having a painful medical procedure and there simply isn’t that much to do at Ga Tech in between events so the boredom factor is potentially very high.
I was deeply impressed by all the kids that were there. Smart, smart kids,who knew there stuff. Well behaved and good sportsmanship, funny costumes here and there…it was a good thing.