As Iowa’s representative for the competition, the Camanche Elementary students feel a level of pressure on their backs like never before, especially because they are one of the smallest schools participating.
”Most of the teams are from big cities,” Kennedy said. “Ten-thousand participants is a huge amount but not when you compare it to the quarter of a million students who take part in LEGO League around the world.”
Even though Kennedy’s students are feeling the nerves of competing at such a high level, the excitement of the competition is overwhelming those fears.
For Ethan Schultz, taking a trip to St. Louis is something he has been looking forward to since the team found out they were going. That is just a small piece of what he expects will be the best part of the World Expo.
”I’m really excited to meet the students from other countries,” Schultz said. “Especially the teams from China.”
Kennedy is enthusiastic for her students to meet and compete against international schools, but she believes seeing the way each continent handles the challenge differently will be a learning experience for everyone.
Not only will the Disaster Masters get an opportunity to witness what their third grade counterparts have developed out of LEGOs, but they will also get a glimpse into their futures as they witness the high-tech creations the high school level teams have developed.
”It’s really going to be a neat experience for the kids to see how other teams solve the same problems they’ve had to solve,” Kennedy said. “This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that most kids their age would never get to have.”