Meet the Mentor- Lori Dale and EMCC

Posted by Lori Dale On September 12, 2017 Comments Off

Hi!  I am Lori Dale.  I have been with the team since shortly after the 2012 competition. My first exposure to the team was through my son who joined the team in 2012. He was a part of the animation team, served as Safety Captain, was on the web team, and a programmer. (He is an alumni, and Jr. Mentor now.)  He encouraged me to help out before I actually started doing so. When my husband and I came to watch the team compete in the 2012 (“Rebound Rumble”) competition, I was so impressed with what I saw that I rather hesitantly asked if they needed extra help– they did, and I have been hooked ever since.  

So what impressed me?  First of all, I was impressed with the “Gracious Professionalism”- that is all the teams helping each other and getting along.  No one boo’ed the other teams, or the refs., and people on other teams groaned (in sympathy) when a robot tipped over. Everyone seemed to be excited and having fun.  Also, though I am not part of the “build” team, I still find it fascinating that all the teams world-wide get the same challenge, and rarely do you get any 2 robots exactly alike.

I have served in a variety of roles on the team, but usually function as “Robomom” and an administrative assistant.  As “Robomom” I take care of similar things to what moms do at home- clothes- I oversee team shirts, food- I sometimes bring “goodies” for the team, the calendar- I send out texts and emails to keep everyone informed, and I make sure that someone is taking plenty of pictures and videos to document the highlights of the year.  I am currently the only district employee who is a mentor, so I handle some details related to that, including being “Keeper of the Keys”.  I am also the person who has been writing the intro’s to the “Meet the Mentor” blogs. Next week we should be back to having the students write the blog.

Being a part of this team, and FIRST, has been a real gift and joy to me.  I have learned things, gone places, and met wonderful people that I would not have known otherwise.  Including the great kids on the team. Being a part of this team has given me far more than I could ever give back!

 

On another note, the team will be competing this Saturday, Sept. 16, at the East Metro Collaborative Competition in Woodbury, MN. at East Ridge High School.  The competition begins at 8:30 am, and is open to the public. Come join us, if you are free! We have never participated in this competition before, so we are excited to compete, and meet teams that we have not met before.  Here is a link to the EMCC page, which will have a map to East Ridge High and other information.

https://www.em-cc.org/wordpress/

 

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