A group of Mississippi teens had a magical few minutes this week to interact with Elon Musk onstage while hundreds of utility executives looked on at the Edison Electric Institute annual meeting in New Orleans.
Two of the students, from McComb, Mississippi, population 13,000, were a part of a team that recently received top honors in a global robotics competition, using engineering principles, called the FIRST Tech Challenge.
Jenner McInnis, 16, said, “We were a bit star-struck – Mr. Musk is a superhero in the nerd world.”
Elisabeth McInnis, 14, told The Energy Times, “It was really nice to get to share what we accomplished with someone who has accomplished a great deal in his lifetime. We are problem-solving homeschoolers and Mr. Musk seemed to really care about what we were saying.”
The students’ coach, Lynn McInnis, said this was the team’s “rookie year.”
Jason Holifield, 15, of Summit, Mississippi was also a part of the “Blue Crew, Too,” squad that competed with 5,000 other teams around the world and finished as one of the top four robot game teams in the world.
“It was super cool meeting a billionaire and hearing what he had to say about the future of the world,” Holifield said. “I hope to be a part of it.”