For the past month, I have served as a counselor for robotics summer camps at local schools in my area. I helped kids with their robots and announced the robotics matches as well. I returned to my old stomping grounds with these camps as they were held at the high school and middle school I attended. Each camp lasts a week and the campers learn how to build a robot from scratch. Then, they compete in a tournament to crown a winner. It is always amazing to see the creativity that the campers have while building.
Assisting Campers with iLevel® Technology
My job was to check on the campers and the other counselors to see if they needed anything, as well as to see their progress. The campers always want to learn more about the robot building process to better themselves. My Edge 3 Stretto® Power Wheelchair with iLevel® allowed me to help the campers by getting them the parts they needed that were higher up.
On the first day, the campers follow a manual that tells them everything that they need to do during the building process. They can add on or take away whatever they want from their robot. Once they complete building, they must practice in the fields for the game. On the second day, the teams continue to practice and find areas where they can score more points or fix their robots. This allows the campers to think critically and problem solve by making modifications to their strategy, as well as their robots.
The View from My Stretto Motorized Wheelchair
On the third day, the campers participate in practice matches to get ready for the main matches the next day. The teams continued to get better and score more points as the matches went on. Elevated at iLevel, I announced the matches and all the participants could see me while I was elevated. I also helped count the points scored because I could see the whole field from my Stretto motorized wheelchair.
On the last day of camp, we had our qualification matches, as well as final matches to decide the winners. The campers did a fantastic job and two teams were crowned the winners of the whole tournament.
My Stretto Power Wheelchair with iLevel truly benefited me throughout the weeks of summer camp. It allowed me to help campers with their robots. Plus, iLevel gave me a great view of the field while announcing during matches. I am truly thankful to have had my Stretto Power Wheelchair as it has made something I love doing so much easier.
I am excited for the future summer camps that we will have and all the new ways I will use my Stretto motorized wheelchair. The campers make it all worth it. I am excited to get back and see what new creations will be made.
About Bryson Foster: Bryson is a Friend of Quantum and lives in North Carolina. He advocates and raises funds for the development of treatments for muscular dystrophy. He loves sports and cheers for his favorite basketball team, the North Carolina Tar Heels.
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