By Lionel Pummell
West Sound Academy’s First Tech Challenge Robotics team is busy as they race to build and program a robot that can execute the challenging maneuvers and build requirements prior to our first regional competition November 2, 2019 at Kings Schools in Shoreline.
Last Saturday the WSA Robotics club invited the Safire Phoenix Girl Scouts Robotics team to West Sound Academy to test out their robot on our competition field and to discuss strategy and build options for this year’s competition.
Led by our team co-captains, Aidan Phelan and Emma Longworth-Slone, members cooperated on build techniques and strategies that they had for completing the challenge. SAFIRE lead coach, Tina Lindner, and WSA Hawks lead coach, Lionel Pummell, were happy to see the teams working together in the spirit of Coopertition®.
Coopertition® produces innovation. At FIRST, Coopertition is displaying unqualified kindness and respect in the face of fierce competition. Coopertition is founded on the concept and a philosophy that teams can and should help and cooperate with each other even as they compete.
Coopertition involves learning from teammates. It is teaching teammates. It is learning from Mentors. And it is managing and being managed. Coopertition means competing always, but assisting and enabling others when you can.