Computer science engineer meets with home-schoolers recently

By Abby Redding
Times-News correspondent

Daniele Benedettelli, a computer science engineer from Italy, met with home-schoolers who are part of the Plan “B”-FTC Robotics at the Graham Library. / Abby Redding, Times-News correspondent

GRAHAM — Daniele Benedettelli, a computer science engineer from Italy, was in Alamance County the week of Oct. 14 and spoke to a group of home-schoolers who are members of Plan “B”-FTC Robotics at the Graham Library. He also participated in the Bricks 4 Kidz Robotics Exhibition Oct. 19 at the Alamance County YMCA. Benedettelli is a member of LEGO® Mindstorm’s expert panel and Bricks 4 Kidz lead robotics designer.
Benedettelli took a few minutes out of his busy schedule to answer some questions:
Teens & Twenties: What was your first LEGO set?
Benedettelli: 1986 Mobile Crane. I was 3 years old. “I cried and cried because I could not put it together.”
Teens & Twenties: In your biography, you mention your interest in Legos and music when you were younger. Did you have plans just to be a musician?
Benedettelli: Yes. When I was young, I believed it was possible. I loved playing the piano and composing music. What I do now is composing music for my videos. I do keep playing the piano. I bought an accordion to play with my brother who is also a musician. When I was young, I didn’t have the guts to move forward. I don’t regret it, because well I’m here.
Teens & Twenties: Do you teach robotics it Italy?
Benedettelli: Well, I try to. I’m teaching in high school. I teach Automatic Systems. That means I can teach robotics.
Teens & Twenties: Are the children in Italy interested?
Benedettelli: Yes they are, but they are more interested in video games. It is a matter of culture. I do hope it will continue to grow.

 Abby Redding is a junior home-schooler and a Teens & Twenties writer and photographer.

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