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A Lifelong Hobby


Entry ID #: 368
Created: Thu, Dec 29, 2011 4:09 PM

For me, robotics has always been more than a competition. My passion for robotics started when I was very young, possibly eight or nine. I had a Lego catalogue, and saw the RCX robot. I thought that was the coolest thing in the entire catalogue, so I went out and got it. For the next few years, I enjoyed making all sorts of things with it, and eventually bought the NXT. This experience in my life was really important to me. After this, I began to learn programming, starting with C#. Then I got really interested in 3d modeling and video editing. These skills and the knowledge I gained from doing this, would prove to be invaluable in the future. Programming increased my logical skills, which made math classes and physics classes a walk in the park. Programming, CAD and video editing skills also proved to be very useful whether I was making visual presentations, or writing macros to do homework I didn’t want to do. When I got to high school, I heard that someone was going to start a school robotics team. I realized it would be a good decision to join due to my experience with robots. I did. A year later, after going to the world championships, I decided to start my own Vex team. For me robotics, programming, computers, CAD; all these things have never been about college, or scholarships, or even the competition. I do it because I love doing it. I do it for fun, nothing else.


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