Saturday, July 16, the Mechanical Mustangs teams were ecstatic to exercise their servant hearts as they helped run the FIRST Access event at Morgan's Wonderland.
According to FIRST, "With the pilot of the FIRST Access programs, FIRST in Texas aims to make FIRST robotics programming more accessible to students with disabilities. The diversity of disabilities leads to the need for greater awareness and opportunities to make our programs more accessible."
As a Christian High School in San Antonio, Texas, LHS wanted to be in on the ground floor of this movement. Teams 6407 and 7615 jumped in and were happy to partner with Kinetic Kids to form FIRST Access team Mechanical Mustangs Justify.
Mechanical Mustangs Justify first competed at the Blackout event at Brandeis High School and was a part of the winning alliance. Saturday's event, hosted at Morgan's Wonderland, was a chance for team Justify to compete against other FIRST Access teams in the same way our high school teams compete during the school year.
LHS students served as coaches for the Justify team made up of Kinetic Kids members, giving great on-field directions and ensuring that the team got to the game field on time. They shared roles helping navigate the team through roles such as lead mechanic, pit boss, and team coder.
LHS team members also helped serve as scoring referees. Coach Andrew Schuetze said, "It was a true body of Christ type of moment as each student served the needs of this community with skill and expertise in a harmonious effort."