2016 and 2017 are the years that I wanted to try new things. While trying new activities has always been difficult for me, I was ready to take on the challenge. This year when someone mentioned robotics to me, I believed that it might not be a bad idea, considering that I was looking for an extracurricular to do. I also thought that it would be great for me to look into robotics since I have never attempted anything in the engineering field.

I remember the first day that I came to the shop and was actually quite surprised. I remember being immediately welcomed by both mentors and team members. My anxiety from before arriving to the shop dissipated, and I felt very comfortable. Prior to coming to the robotics shop, I simply thought that robotics was like one giant team project where people only connected on a “business casual” relationship. However, this is not the case at all. Multiple team members have told me that not only is robotics a place where people come together to build an awesome robot, but it is also a place where people come together and develop team building skills and, as some people would say “a family like relationship.” Team members and mentors are incredibly helpful and patient, which I very much appreciate.

Though I haven’t been on the robotics team for that long, I am really enjoying my time on the team. I’m learning a lot about the different tools in the shop and started to learn about the CAD program Inventor. I realize that robotics is not so much what you know, but rather, how much you can learn and apply your engineering, programing, and building skills. I’m glad to feel welcome in the shop and that everyone on the team is willing to help me learn new things, whether that is learn how to use a new machine, a new tool, understanding a new program, as well as the many other aspects of robotics. I’m excited to pursue more robotics activities and ready to learn more about the engineering skills and all that robotics has to offer.

By Emily, Sophomore