“In every block of marble I see a statue as plain as though it stood before me, shaped and perfect in attitude and action. I have only to hew away the rough walls that imprison the lovely apparition to reveal it to the other eyes as mine see it.” ~ Michaelangelo
As God sees my son “I” He sees him in his final shape, and as he is maturing even I am starting to get a glimpse of the awesome man God is growing him into!
“I” is the child that is always opening up toys trying to figure out how things work. He also loves to fix electronics and loves being around his father to learn more about mechanics, home improvement etc. This is his first year with Young Innovators. This program is so amazing and such a great place to expose “I” to science, engineering and its impact on humanity. Talk about learning in context! His father and I are both engineers and never had this level of exposure until college!
For the following 8 weeks “I” and his team will be working on their project in preparation for the competition in December. The competition starts out local and then goes to regional. Eventually the teams compete at a national level. There are three levels to the competition:
- They are to design a computerized Lego robot. They are then to program it so that it performs predetermined tasks the day of competition.
- The theme of the year is Senior Solutions. The teams are to design a product for the elderly that will help them be more independent, engage and connected. In the process they will be interviewing an elderly person, medical and other professionals to identify needs in the industry. They will then design the prototype and present it the day of competition. The team will also work on a poster they will use to present and explain their project to the judges the day of competition.
- The organization feels very strong about their Core Values. These include professionalism and team playing. They will also teach the children how to bring the best out of their competitors while still remaining competitive. They day of competition the judges will ask the teams to perform tasks (i.e. build a tent) and observe how they work together and their attitudes with each other and their competitors.
“I” wants to be a public speaker and wants to develop his speaking skills. He has gone to ToastMasters with me and was so disappointed when he found out he could not participate. He is so excited now because he will get speaking opportunities with his team during the season and the day of competition!
Each of my children are so unique in their strengths, talents and weaknesses. It is an honor to partner up with God as my husband and I train and raise him and see how the Lord hews away the rough walls that imprisons the lovely apparition, the man who Isaiah will grow up to be, to reveal it to our eyes as He sees it.