"Kids never really get to see engineers in action," Dischinger said. "They get to see the work they produce but not them actually doing that work."
And, according to Dischinger, seeing the team mentors in action is doing its job.
"Most of the kids who compete on our team go on to some kind of technical career," he said.
With their win at the regional competition, the team is now eligible to compete at the FIRST National Championship in Atlanta. The team won't be attending, however, because of budgetary restraints.
"With the economy the way it is, going to nationals just doesn't make sense," said Dischinger. "We just appreciate the fact that we still have a team."
With more than enough drive and determination to go around, there is no telling what these kids could do with Cameron's $500 million budget.