High School Students Prepare for Rock River Robotics Off-Season Competition
ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) — As schools and their teams are enjoying the summer offseason, so are local robotics teams. But on Saturday, July 23, they’ll have the chance to hone their skills at Rock River Robotics’ off-season competition.
“One of FIRST’s mantras is to call it a college sport for the mind,” said Karen Hill, co-chair of Rock River Robotics’ off-season competition.
While the weekend’s competition will be a fun learning exercise for the competitors, the teams will also develop some serious professional skills.
“Rockford has a strong manufacturing history, we’re really excited to have this in our community and there are definite labor needs and so when Karen (Hill) talked about ‘it’s sport for mind, ‘is where every gamer can go pro,’ said Rockford Robotics mentor Chris Magee.
“Unlike the NFL or the NBA which are hard to come by, our students who come to us in high school to learn manufacturing and engineering, we have jobs for each of them right here in our community,” said said Magee.
As students learn work skills, they also learn life skills.
“It’s helped me a lot to figure out what I want to do with my life and show that I have a lot of abilities that I didn’t know I had,” said Winnovation student leader Hannah Jacobson.
“We just try to come up with as many different ideas as we can, we try to be original with our ideas and tackle challenges in the best way possible,” said Connor Osullivan of Stillman Valley.
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