Volunteer Corner: Chuck Bowdish | SierraSun.com

Volunteer Corner: Chuck Bowdish

Amy Edgett/Sierra SunChuck Bowdish
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How long have you volunteered for the Boys and Girls Club?Since they moved to the new building in Kings Beach, about 2004.Why did you start volunteering?Ive asked myself that many, many times and still dont know the answer. I enjoy it seeing the kids improve, and their faces light up when they get a concept. Its a real kick.Tell me about Lego Robotics.Its a world-wide competition held every year. The mission statement is published in September. Over 6,000 teams compete, from the [United States] and Canada, over 30 countries including Mexico, Germany, Austria. The teams have two months to solve problems on competition boards. The robots have tasks to accomplish. This year the robots had to do several things to get a single score.Are you new to Lego Robotics?Ive been doing it three to four years. New members are called rookies.You went to a competition in Sacramento last Saturday. Who went?The kids in the Lego Robotics program at the Boys and Girls Club had two teams. Tahoe Tech II had three kids and tied for ninth place. There were 28 teams at the competition. They had to learn NXT, a new program for them. The other team was the ElectroBotts. The teams chose their own names. They placed 14th, and won the outstanding award of Teamwork and Sportsmanship. Its important; these are the core values of the Lego League. Teamwork and Sportsmanship, regard for each other lead to success in competitions and real life.Any information you would like to add about the Lego Robotics program?The whole thing wouldnt be possible without the donors for the club, including transportation, lodging and meals for the competition. Also, the robot camp is half research. This years project was an energy audit. Our kids chose to do the Boys and Girls Club, and came up with significant electrical energy savings. One suggestion was to switch out the old [cathode ray tube] monitors on the computers to newer, flat panels. It would be 1kilowatt-hour of savings per month.How would children get involved?We had to turn kids away, but we have spring and summer camps. It would take another coach to expand the program.And how would potential volunteers and donors get in touch with the Boys and Girls Club?Contact the director of the club at 546-4342. The Sierra Suns Amy Edgett interviewed Chuck Bowdish for this weeks Volunteer Corner. Please send your suggestions to aedgett@sierrasun.com, subject Volunteer Corner. For volunteer opportunities in the North Tahoe Truckee area, visit http://www.handsontahoe.com