I had a question posed to me about the kilts, and the answer is that the boys named their team the Robo Monkey Kilts before they ever went to the southern Maine competition. One of the boys is apparently of Scottish descent, and therefore these middle-schoolers (much to my chagrin) think kilts are cool. So, the boys decided they wanted them for a distinct look at World's, and the coach went online and found them. Kilts are made from particular plaid patterns, each family or region has a plaid, and they are actually made from the "Maine Tartan" plaid. The dark blue represents the ocean, the light represents the sky, the green is for the forests, and the red (if I remember right, will check later) is for the blood of the people. The boys not only wore them for all of their competition, and the ceremonies, but they also wore them to school on the day that they did their presentation to the entire assembled student body, roughly 200 kids all in the cafeteria. Brave? Or naive?
Dustin came home a bit perturbed, saying "At least 12 or 14 people must have looked at me and said (snidely) "Nice skirt."
Mom: "What did you say?"
Dustin: "It's not a skirt, it's a KILT!"
The boys also picked up a catchy quote from the Maine tartan website, "A man in a kilt is a man and a half!"