So....I recently joined a robotics mentorship program at school....
Problem? I have NO experience in robotics at all! Except a quick lesson on soldering from my dad last summer....
I know that they're going to teach us everything we need to teach the high school students, but anyone have any stories? Experiences? Anything to tell me a bit more about what I'm getting myself into?
Um...why did you decide to do it?
You're gonna need to know all about basic I.T stuff already, so i hope you're good with computers!
You're going to need to know a lot about wiring and electricity as well. Robotics is not a particularly easy thing to get into and it can be expensive and very intensive physically and mentally.
Hayley S: Ummm.....I guess since I just went from an underserved high school to a university with one of the top science programs, so I feel behind? My last year of high school a bunch of us were hinting that our new Science Club should start robotics, but no one was really interested until this year, and since I live closest among those still involved in helping them get started...
Monika Gottindottir: Luckily it's an introductory course that a lot of engineers from schools without any robotics/computer programs take...they said you can be a bum on the street and they'll teach you everything you need to know to mentor high school students. It's a program sponsored by big companies like Google, Siemens, Zipcar, and Agilent (which I find pretty cool, since Agilent offered my high school the opportunity to do research, too), so...money isn't really an issue...and my dad worked as a technician so I know some stuff about electronics and I did help out during a circuitry lesson for 2nd graders once (...I learned some basics 10 yrs ago in elementary school).
I'm tired of complaining (myself and other people from my high school now in college) about sucky unequal science programs across my state, my country, the world. I want to actually do something about it, even if it's something as small as mentoring other underserved high school students.
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