First Lego League Inspires Tuthill Engineers
The Springfield Lutheran School’s First Lego League stopped by Tuthill Springfield, Missouri’s shop to thank them for sponsoring their project. They created an amazing photo album that captures their project from design to competition.
Tuthill engineers Keith Webb, Jemmi McDonald, Tian Ling and Ed Bland spent time with the team talking about what it is that engineers do. They shared stories about what inspired them to become an engineer along with how engineering can be a trial and error process with great learnings achieved from mistakes.
Team coaches asked for advice on how to work as a team and engineers advised how every team member has a valuable opinion and a unique set of experiences to share. The collective input of a team can lead to awesome and sometimes unexpected results!
The 2016 Lego League project was themed around animals. This year’s competition has a water theme and SLS will be asking TVBS engineers for assistance in brainstorming their design build.
Ed Bland - Tuthill Engineer
“It was great to see kids excited about creating something. They are being introduced to automation and robotics by using Legos. They understood the importance of having different strengths and weaknesses in a group to offer creative ideas. I was somewhat surprised that they knew they learned more from their failures than their successes.
My personal contribution was my answer to ‘When did you know you wanted to be an Engineer?’ I was about 10 years old and it was because of my grandfather. If you could dream it, he could make it. It made me look at everything in a different. I wanted to know how things worked and if I could make them better. I look forward to seeing their project next year.”
Keith Webb - Tuthill Engineer
“I have a 10-year-old daughter that is in a school with great emphasis on (STEM) Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. So I have seen her participate in programs like this and it always gets me excited to see young people discover the world of engineering through their own creativity.
It amazes me that 4th graders are programming Lego robots to perform tasks and functions. I didn't get introduced to programming until I was in college!
They have asked us to participate in their next project which involves hydrodynamics and I don't think they'll have any trouble getting volunteers from Tuthill engineers. The children's excitement is contagious.”