On Saturday, Jonah participated in a regional Lego Robotics competition. His team was mostly composed of short, pudgy, white boys. These guys were definitely not on a sports team. Jo was the only kid in the club, who after two hours of robotics, came home, did homework, and then went to soccer practice. (He wanted to do everything.)
The boys were very serious about their robots. They worked every day through lunch period and then for an hour or two after school. Despite all their hard work, Jonah's team was demolished in the competition by the all-Asian girl teams from the neighboring towns.
At the end of a very long day, the kids waited as the judges tabulated the scores. The girls sat demurely on the bleachers. The boys on Jonah's team escaped from the gym and rolled down the hill in front of the school. They sat back on the bleachers with goofy smiles and muddy jeans.
Our kids didn't win a medal, but they had fun and learned a little programming in the process.