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A FIRST Cinderella Story

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Debera Harward
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Re: Inspiring
Debera Harward   5/6/2014 1:56:02 AM
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That is really very great learning from the mistakes is also an art and courage every one can just talk about their success but identifying the issues and then resolving them is actually called courage and few people have those . GOOD WORK .

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TonyIglesias   4/29/2014 6:35:34 PM
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Thanks to everyone for your kind comments about NI and our involvement with FIRST and other STEM outreach programs. I am one of the NI mentors for Team 4847 and we had a great time at the FIRST World Championships in St. Louis last week. We placed 25th overall and were matched against FTC teams from all over the world - we even competed against a team from Saudi Arabia!

It has been extremely rewarding for me to watch these students develop into innovative, hard-working young adults. When we started the robotics program at Connally in 2009, we didn't have many members, any equipment or even a work space to build our robot on the weekends. Now, the Connally High School Robotics Program has three different robotics teams and continues to grow each year. Though Connally is a Title I school where 50% of students are at risk to graduate, several of my former students who participated in the robotics program have graduated and are now pursuing engineering degrees at schools like the University of Texas. Others have gone on to continue their education at schools like Brown and Yale. I'm extremely proud of my team and how robotics programs like FIRST continue to inspire talented students to pursue engineering and the sciences. 

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AnandY   4/28/2014 9:43:24 AM
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I think this is the perfect autonomous car ever introduced on the tech world. The technology used to develop this car is just unbelievable; 20 cameras and four laser scanners, is just amazing. The fact that this technology can be integrated in any vehicle makes it even more interesting. It is also interesting that the vision and scanner technology is not that expensive. Another great part is that it can be manned by anyone in the vehicle but with this am not that convince but I will give it benefit of doubt.

William K.
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Re: A sign of real wisdom is visible.
William K.   4/27/2014 8:27:18 PM
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911, I am not certain how your comment applies to my post, which is about the wisdom of choosing to learn from mistakes. 

Those kids chose to learn from failure and to succeed as a result. That is true wisdom working.

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Re: A sign of real wisdom is visible.
far911   4/27/2014 5:12:10 AM
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William , you know what i believe.....ITS THE END THAT COUNTS NOT THE BEGINNING.. and for me team 4847 has proved that no matter how harsh there start was they ended up winners for me.

AnandY
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AnandY   4/26/2014 5:37:15 AM
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This is the most inspiring Cinderella story. I will also like to commend the kind of hard work and dedication of Team 4847. It is really amazing how they managed to make it through to the finals despite the rough times they have been facing. They are real fighters and I wish them well during the World Championships. I would also like to congratulate NI for the support they are giving this team and various engineers outside there, keep it up NI.  

AnandY
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AnandY   4/26/2014 5:34:34 AM
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Call me a snob but I would never have expected a title 1 school in Austin, 'red-county' to build a functional robot, or any functional robotic part, let alone build one good enough to qualify for a national competition. This story is indeed an eye opener and just goes on to show how much potential lies unharnessed among our youth. If you get the time please give us an update on how the school's robotics program is coming along, I might just check it out next time am in Texas. 

William K.
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A sign of real wisdom is visible.
William K.   4/25/2014 7:52:15 PM
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The fact that the team chose to learn from what was wrong with the previous effort is very good. True wisdom includes a willingness to learn from mistakes, both one's own and also the mistakes that others make. So it is very inspiring to see that the team chose to learn from errors of the past. I applaude them.

Nancy Golden
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Nancy Golden   4/25/2014 7:08:25 PM
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From the article: In addition, it's important that teachers, administrators, and team mentors see the value in these programs and commit their time to give advice, motivate, and help these students succeed.


This is so important and I applaud National Instruments and everyone that is involved in helping these students to become successful. It is amazing what a student can accomplish when someone believes in them and offers help.

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Charles Murray   4/25/2014 4:59:33 PM
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Yes, encouragement is a wonderful thing, 78RPM. People tend to follow a path toward things they're good at. If educators don't provide access and a pat on the back occasionally, we can hardly expect more kids to follow technical pathways.

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