Mr. Earl Chen’s first report from Zhengzhou, China about the robotics competition. Continue to pray for health and safety.
The first full day of workshops is done. Our team was matched with 9072 nicknamed “Das Maschine” from Zhengzhou Experimental High School. Due to a large language barrier, Jonathan Chan came in as MVP with translation (thanks to AP Chinese!). Some of our students can understand some Chinese but not in a tools or robotics context. Phillip had lots of great ideas to contribute in solving tough problems in either programming or machine design. The others provided communications and scouting support due to the chaotic nature of this event added to our lack of cell phone reception, we needed to run messages between team members who were scattered all over the campus in the practice field or machine shop or other. The ladies bonded quickly with team 771: an all girls team from Ontario Canada. Tomorrow we will be helping another team with their robot, then going on a sightseeing tour in Xian.
In the pictures, we have opening ceremony and speeches, workshop time, special Taichi session before dinner, then dinner at the school dining commons. No injuries, no complaints (other than it’s so hot and humid 24/7). The students are making friends and staying safe.