I was on a FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) team for six years during middle
and high school. This experience was instrumental in my decision to pursue
engineering and computer science in college. Having previously participated
in FIRST Lego League competitions, I joined the FRC team at my high school
in seventh grade. In eighth grade, I became one of the drivers of the robot,
and in my sophomore year I became a captain of the team.
FRC motivated me to learn to program. I also learned about electronics,
mechanical design and how to work effectively in a team. Each year, we were
given the rules of a game, and we had six weeks to design a robot to play it.
We had to design around weight, size and time limits.
I spent a lot of time developing computer vision and motion profiling
software. This code is available on GitHub, for example the 2016 computer
FRC was one of the most fun things I have ever done.