Participating in CDI is the best decision Team 469-Las Guerilllas could have made- not because we played well, but because the majority of our team this year is new to FIRST.
We used CDI as a way to introduce new members to the wonder of robotics. And what a terrific meduim CDI was to do just that. Our kids learned to strategize, to conceptualize design, to use both handtools and machines, to wire and to recognize problems on a machine they helped create. They got to see firsthand the benefits of building a wooden prototype, and of having sufficient time at the end for development. In short, they got to see what engineers do every day.
But more than anything else, our kids learned about teamwork and the idea that every member has something worthwhile to contribute, and that success can only come from the collective efforts of everyone involved. The best machine out there is nothing without kids that know how to use it.
How lucky we are to have had the chance to teach this all before the FIRST season begins. Thank you everyone at Chief Delphi for volunteering your time and energy to bring us this opportunity. We look forward to participating again next year.