The audio recordings in this podcast were recorded in late 2019
Video interviews are available at the bottom of this blog post
Click Video Play Button to Listen to the Podcast (Uploaded March 2021)
This Lego track shown below was used as development for the event that is sponsored by First Lego League
More information is available at First Inspires
Deep in the basement of their home the geniuses practiced for the contest with fellow members of their team (team members shown in streamed video below)
A lot of work was done by the team members and parent sponsors to make this event happen. Good Job Everyone!
The following are 2 video interviews with 2 of the participants in the Indiana State Wide contest.
These competitors had to program the Lego brick to accomplish the goals that were given to them. They also had to assemble the Lego parts, motors, and sensors to carry out the mission.
The graphics on the table were supplied by the contest coordinators.
While in Vermont we had the opportunity to watch a live stream of the event. Many teams were present. What you will see is a video capture by one iPhone of the other iPhone that was viewing the live stream. Kind of kooky but it worked!
The chartreuse green tee shirts are the team members. While they were competing on the contest table there is another team on the other side so that more teams can compete quickly. The teams do not compete directly against another team. Each task that the team accomplishes is worth a certain numbetr of points. The task points are added for the final score.
Is it possible that the world in which we live is, and will be, developed by programmers?
Quite a generation of talent at such a young age!
Click the following audio link to listen to the Professor Ruchika Podcast
Additional Information to Supplement this Podcast
Have you ever wondered why some people volunteer to help others? At their own expense, in far away places, and working in challenging situations?
12 intrepid persons from around the world shared this experience during March-June 2018 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. This is the city in which all of us met Ruchika from Delhi, India. We completely agree with her students, "We love you teacher".
Teaching 3 regular classes and assisting with the young learners program, her smile and enthusiasm were felt by all. Conversations with Foreigners allows Cambodians to increase their spoken use of English by interacting with English speakers. This school term included volunteers from India, USA, Canada, England, Australia, and Spain.
In her spare time (between lesson plans, early classes that started at 6:30 am, followed by an evening class as well) Ruchika explored and enjoyed Cambodia.
Several of the trips were related to the school's outreach mission to the community with assistance to rural schools, water purification, sanitation, and funding for NGO's who are helping to boost the wellness of Cambodian citizens.
The following podcast, found at the bottom of this blog, was recorded in the teacher's lounge of the community house. The listener will hear the sounds of the street in the background.
Enjoy the insights into Ruchika and India which she provides.
Click any picture to begin a slide show of all pictures.
Factoid: According to WikiPedia, Delhi's urban area with an estimated 2016 population of over 26 million people, makes it the world's second largest area according to the United Nations. (2016)
By contrast, Cambodia's total population is approximately 16 million. Phnom Penh, the capital city in which Ruchika taught, is approximately 1.5 million.
Discussion with 2 Millennials - Their thoughts, views, hopes
Reading References for your Further Exploration
The following links are for your exploration and further understanding of the demographic called "Millennials". The web is full of articles on this super important group of young people around the world. We can 'look into the future' as their emerging views of life, their beliefs that will turn into policies for nations, and their guidance from the previous generations manifest quite soon.
Pew Research “Millennials in Adulthood” (2014)
Harvard Business Review - “The problem with Millennials is that they are way too hard on themselves” (2016)
Advocates for Youth - “Millennials: Demographics and Facts” (~2012)
(lots of graphs and charts)
All Grown Up - “5 shocking problems about real “millennial problems” (and how we overcome) (~2016)
Millennials exist around the changing world. This article points out the many problems that are facing the next generation.
10 Most Critical Problems in the World, According to Millennials
================= Check your Experience Age (~2015?)
(Try this for fun to see if you are a 'fuddy-duddy'...)
Take a look at this "20 questions to see if you really are a "buddy-duddy"
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