Friday, September 18, 2009

Smart Kids at the Tech Expo

Lelani (left), Keoni and John Dade with their robots^

It is possible that the most interesting booth at the Demo Day & Tech Expo at the Roanoke Civic Center--going on at this minute--is one that doesn't even have a name. Four high school age kids are sitting at a table surrounded by what looks like erector set construction. They built everything you're looking at and they're 15 to 17 years old.

The "sponsors," informal as they are, are First Tech Challenge of Carnegie Melon Institute and First Leggo League at Staunton River High School. Lelani and Keoni Dade (pictured above) are a brother-sister act who built several of the robots and their father, John is in charge of putting it together. Robert's robots are experiments to get him ready for a NASA contest. Contact John here if you're interested.

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