On November 2nd, the University of Minnesota Twin Cities hosted Gopher CSE, an event co-run by the College of Engineering, the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), and the office of admissions. My friend and I both applied to Minnesota for STEM majors, me for computer science and her for computer engineering, so we decided to go together.
All of the girls gathered in the Coffman Memorial Union and we went into the auditorium where we got to listen to two presentations from two professors at the university, Dr. Victoria Interrante and Dr. Maria Gini. Dr. Interrante discussed the research some of her students have been doing involving measuring how humans interpret spaces in virtual reality. Dr. Gini talked about the different uses of artificial intelligence including robots that can be used to help kids with autism interact with others.
After the presentations, we walked to Bruininks Hall where we got to eat dinner. My friend and I sat down next to three other girls who were students at the university. We got to ask a lot of questions about what the classes were like and what kind of projects they were working on. Then, we walked over to the mechanical engineering building where we got to see a laser cutter and made picture frames. While we worked, we got to socialize with the other girls. There were a wide range of interests from computer science to environmental science, and I got to meet another girl who is also on an FTC team.
I had never toured Minnesota before Gopher CSE, so the event gave me a feel for the campus while also giving me insight into the particular field I was interested in.
This blog was written by Georgia from FTC Team Vertigo (FTC 6287). If you are interested in blogging for FIRST Ladies, click here to sign up on the schedule!
Hi, my name is Melissa Ryan and I am the lead coach for The Golden Ratio team (FTC #12682). This is my fourth year as an FTC coach and I love seeing how FIRST improves the confidence and skills of all students. My topic today is the importance of behaving like a professional. Professionalism extends to every aspect of life and work. Professionalism and respect starts with you and starts early. You CAN stand out in a crowd, on your team, in your classroom or clubs, and open doors of opportunity for yourself through your actions no matter what your age.
Getting people to take you seriously and notice your talents and potential begins with your own attitude because people are usually going to see you through your own lens. How do you treat yourself and what kind of “mind food” do you eat? It’s true, just like programming a robot, Garbage In, Garbage Out (GIGO). I encourage you all to be your best self every day by starting your day off positively through some of these ideas:
Will Durant once said, “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” Everything you do repeatedly forms a good or bad habit. Therefore:
The more you work out the muscles of excellence and goodness the stronger and more noticeable they will become to others. The more you practice negativeness and excuse making the easier that will become too. Hence:
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Hello! My name is Skye Schoen, I live in Johnsburg, Illinois, and this is my first year on an FTC team. I am currently a member of FTC team #1268 The Golden Ratio. I attended my first meeting in September after a good friend of mine, Kate Thomson, expressed her passion and love for her robotics. Seeing as I have always had a love for technology, and wanted to expand my horizon from just helping my dad work on computers on our kitchen table, I thought it might be a good fit! And I think I can say with utmost confidence that it has exceeded my wildest expectations. I will say, starting as a rookie on such an established team was a little nerve-racking, but having Kate there made it a little easier.
I soon made a strong connection to not only the other team member but also our adult mentors. They are such a welcoming group. They have made my first robotics experience something that I will remember for a long time to come. I am currently on the programming team. Seeing as I’m still a rookie, I’ve mainly been observing what the more experienced programmers are doing and trying to learn all I can from them. There are times where I wish I could do more to help them out, but the other programmers and the mentors make sure to remind me that just because I’m a rookie doesn’t mean that I’m not a valuable part of the team. We had our first robotics meet of the season this past November 9th, and it was single-handedly one of the most exhilarating experiences of my life. I can’t even begin to describe how proud I felt to be part of this team. In just a little time I have spent with them, I feel like I have grown as a person. Not only am I learned loads about programming, but I’m also learning valuable life skills that will ultimately lead me to a prosperous future. Now that my post is coming to an end, I believe it’s only appropriate to leave you off with some inspirational advice; just because something scares you doesn’t mean that you should turn your back to opportunities that could change your life. Channel that fear into a want to become a stronger person. Try new things. And I hope you
have a great day!
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