One of the more fun aspects of my work is what is commonly called “giveback”. This is where you offer help to your colleagues, and people outside the company. As IBM celebrates it’s 100th birthday, I am rather proud that the emphasis of the celebration is on helping people and organisations in our community, rather than some internal event.
This is where the fun starts: I have been able to work with one of the local schools over the last few months as they prepare for a RoboChallenge. We have a team of 10 and 11-year olds learning to work with Lego Mindstorms robotic kits. The artistic side is not neglected, they design costumes and a flag for their robot – in fact the whole school got to design a flag and the best one was chosen. They have specific tasks to perform in the Challenge, and a mystery task that they will only see on the day. It is very clear some of the kids just grock programming, and all of them have worked hard to build a robot and dress it up. The robot has been called Bling! – so you can probably guess the costume 🙂
The Challenge is on Saturday – wish us luck!