Flagstaff Fourth of July Parade
Well, this happened after the parade. And it was so profound to me, it was emotional. And it was felt by the filmmakers who happened to be there, it was felt by board members who happen to be there, and it was felt by me. And there was this profound moment when you realize that there's this kid who had been told that college wouldn't be for him that he should think about something else, and was not encouraged really, until he came connected to a hook and the hook was robots. So, you've got this kid who didn't necessarily have the science capital in his background, in his neighborhood, in his family to lead him to a STEM career. And you see him talking to a middle school student, a younger student from Kayenta and Kayenta is a good three-hour drive, at least, from Flagstaff and you see the two of them engaged. Oscar, the young Hispanic teenager is handing over the controls of a robot that he was part of designing and building and is now demonstrating. And this beautiful young lady in middle school has got her traditional braids, her traditional jewelry, the traditional clothing and footwear of a beautiful young Navajo girl, and she is smiling. The two of them are looking at each other. She's making a robot move. And this is all happening right in front of this historic telescope dome. The same place where Percival Lowell believed that he could see and study canals on Mars. So, you've got such a blending of cultures, tradition, history, and in generations and science, all coming together in one moment. And it just happened. It was something we didn't plan on happening. It just came together. And it was absolutely an emotional beautiful experience.