I am a high school Junior and programmer from Silicon Valley. On FRC Team 100, I specialize in Robot Controls and front end programming. I also am on team leadership and have been recognized for my contributions to Team 100 and FIRST robotics.
FRC and VEX Robotics
Throughout my robotics experience, my contributions and leadership to FRC and VEX robotics made the teams more successful and competitive.
In 7th grade, I started a VEX Robotics team at my middle school. At our very first competition, we won the Judge’s Award. On the team, I helped ensure long term stability for the team, working with school officials to make sure that the team could survive beyond me leaving the school.
After I left my middle school VEX team, I started mentoring an all-girls VEX team in my neighborhood. On the team, I helped teach people new to programming learning. The team ended up qualifying for state championships!
While mentoring the VEX team, I joined my school’s FRC team. I got involved with IT and Programming. I am still on the team and have been globally recognized for my involvement with the team and community.
In the Summer of 2019, I interned for Cryptowerk, a data compliance start-up in Silicon Valley. During my time at Cryptowerk, I worked on marketing demos and began work on API wrappers to make Cryptowerk APIs easily accessible to more users.
Cryptowerk uses blockchain technology to assist in ensuring that data is compliant without costly WORM storage or other legacy systems.
At school, I took the AP Computer Science A class. The AP Computer Science A class teaches the core concepts of the object-oriented programming paradigm through Java.
In addition to the AP Computer Science A curriculum, I worked on projects to expand my understanding of programming. My favorite was a project where another person in the class and myself created a neural network in Java.
Encouraging Diversity in STEM
During my freshman year of high school, I mentored VEX Robotics team 1666. Team 1666 is an all-girls robotics team from Menlo Park, California. My contributions to the team included teaching beginners how to code, enhancing our programming knowledge, and providing general support for the team. After my freshman year, the team disbanded, but many of the members continued on to FRC teams in our area.
Diversity in FRC
Woodside High School has the pleasure of being a very diverse school. Not only are we a Title 1 school, but anyone can join Team 100 and go to competitions without paying a cent in team dues. In addition, we open the doors of opportunity for anyone regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, or any other factor. Many of our students are minorities, and we encourage everyone to participate to the maximum extent that they can.
On the team, I have worked to make programming approachable to everyone. Despite some of our programmers having prior experience, many of them never wrote code before their first day in FRC. I worked with mentors and other students to create a comprehensive training plan that encourages everyone to learn at their own pace and have worked hard to be approachable if anyone needs help or has questions.