VEX Worlds 2019 Vibrance Passion and Endless Possibilities

You see how vibrant and passionate everyone is, we’re surrounded by the best people in the world, and, you know, of course we’re going to win some and we’re going to lose some, we’re just infinitely grateful, and this is going to really have a major impact. I've dreamt for the past four years to come to VEX Worlds, and finally I'm here! It feels like a party more than a competition. You can’t walk into this facility and not feel the excitement, and the enthusiasm. This is, for many of them, a once in a lifetime experience. This year at the 2019 VEX Robotics World Championship, we have over 1,600 teams from across the globe. That’s actually 41 countries that are represented here, learning about communications, team work, problem solving, and cooperation. The robot is just the tool to teach those skills. We have 1,650 teams competing here, all for the big trophy. At the end of the event, 1,640 of those teams are not going home with the big trophy. And so what I’m hoping for these students is that they’re making memories, learning lessons, and facing challenges that they will remember for the rest of their lives. A large thing you’re meant to do is just have fun here in the competitions, and all the robotics. It’s just meant to be something you’re excited about. My favorite part is to meet other people and talk about our culture and their cultures. I arrive in a new place get to know more cultures, and above all, participate in what I know, which is robotics. You’re all sharing ideas, so you’re going to gain ideas from them and they gain ideas from you. The students that come out of programs like VEX are incredibly well prepared to join the workforce. Google is a company that has offices all over the world. We often are interacting with people from different cultures, and different locations and time zones. Sometimes we even need translators, because people don’t necessarily speak English. With all of our robots over the years, they’ve always been very adaptable and we really focus on making sure that we can work with our partners. You know, we’ve never seen them before, but we know that they’re going to be good because they’re here. TESLA wants students to experience competitive robotics because so often we hear specifically from employees that competitive robotics was that inflection point that made me want to go into engineering. It is critical that students start robotics at a young age, and more importantly, that the community engages each student before stereotypes take hold. It always surprises me because I just taught them A, B, C, D... ...and they literally put the whole novel together. They know what they want to do, and they are very passionate about that. What is so important is to really have that sense of confidence, so today as I walked around and saw all these kids doing their robots, I thought, wow! Just, the sky’s the limit. I want them to put in the time to be the best, and to shoot for the best, and It’s a lot of work, it’s a lot of time, but I tell everybody that standing there watching those kids come out of the stands and get those awards, my batteries are recharging. When you walk into this arena, even if you’re tired and you have a lot on your mind, the energy is amazing. It lifts you up, and you’re like, we’re doing something really good. This is making an impact.

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