|The two brothers again - now wearing the same shirt|
This was right after they had finished that crazy month and they had been really impressed with him - he had always impressed them and had to go to all their competitions as we couldn't leave him home alone. In fact for years he had been their best 'scout', informing them of which teams had which skills and letting them know which teams would be their best partners or the best strategy to run with them on the field. Now it would be official.
|Collecting the MA State Championship|
Trophy - he was the driver
And not in name only - no shadowing. The head programmer said that he had to be a full team mate - that meant he would be let into the code, would have to pull his weight, drive and everything. I had tears in my eyes. This was their last year in robotics and they just told me that they were going to let this 7th grader on their team and affect their chances of winning or loosing on their last run for the gold. I told them what character I thought they had.
Andy was more than thrilled. He poured his heart into it. My husband started teaching him Java and
he took over tons of the testing of the code and running testing protocols on the robot. The brothers drove every morning before school and with so much practice the two boys became a formidable driving team.
We went to the state championship I talked about before (when we pulled the local high school along to the championship and thus moved them on to the super regional). The guys let Andy collect the State Championship trophy - becoming the only kid to ever win the robot game in MA in both levels in one year.
|Getting ready for the Finals Matches of the MA State Championship. The Seniors and the 7th grader.|