Monday, April 16, 2012

Gearing up for Worlds..

Posted by Dawn at Monday, April 16, 2012
Ever since joining Robotics last year in June, I have always been inspired by my Vex Robotic Students for their hard work and dedication. I have learnt a great deal from them and to prepare them for the World Championship in April, we have already started right after our Asia Vex Competition last year in Nov 2011. They hardly took a break.
Anyway, for the past 2 months, the guys have been training everyday from Monday to Sunday, including public holidays. Their only rest days is on Saturday as most of them have tuition on that day. However, some of them still came down on Saturday to build their robots or do programming. On Fridays, we have also been going to ACS(I) or they have been coming to our school for trainings. We train together so that we can exchange pointers.
On weekdays, the students train from 3pm to 7pm, right after school. On Tues and Fri, they end at 9pm. As for weekends or public holidays, training is from 9am to 6pm.

I can dare say absolutely NO robotics team trains as hard as us, including those from other countries. From what I know, the teams in US train twice a week only.

So seriously, win or lose, at least I know that my students have put in their best and we have no regrets.

And in my eyes, they are all winners already.

There's my darling daughter, Danielle on the playfield in my robotics room on a Sunday afternoon. She hit if off quite well with the students.

On the final Friday before we were to depart for the World Championship, we got all the Singapore schools (5 in total) to come to our school for a combined practice and friendly match.

My robotics IC, Mr Teo also prepared ginseng, chrysanthemum tea, chicken essence for the students during our last couple of weeks of training.
There's the students struggling to drink all that down..they absolutely hate drinking all this!
With so much preparation, hard work and sacrifice, I really do wish the students will do very well in the World Championships so that they can be rewarded and recognised for their effort!
"Rather the pain of discipline than the pain of regret"

(Bob Andrews)


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