Have you ever felt so passionately about something you want to do? Do you want to participate in that ¨something¨ so bad but you can´t? That’s exactly why we decided to join business! We felt more comfortable and interested in business, since we already knew we wanted to join it the first place. We mainly talked about what the team does; learning that business focuses on communication and finances for the team, which is extremely crucial.
As expected, we both joined business after bootcamp. Although we are not familiar with each other yet, the upperclassmen seem nice. We are already sure that it was not a mistake to join business. Why should you join business? Well, we just told you, didn’t we? But there are obviously more reasons as to why you should join business. If you are interested, you should find out for yourself!
-Helen Chen and Eric Li
The First Tech Challenge (FTC) boot camp was an interesting experience, featuring moments both entertaining and informational. We had two teachers, both experienced members of the team in their own right. They were funny, often engaging in joking arguments with each other or the students. They were able to make a potentially boring subject interesting, which made it a very enjoyable experience that promised a lot for the robotics season.
We went over the FIRST acronym, learning its meaning “For the Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology”. Next, we learned what the team expected of us, and how to uphold those expectations. Then, we discussed this year’s FTC game, Rover Ruckus. We went over the rules, awards, and some strategies to think over. Lastly, we discussed the Engineering Notebook, an integral part of any FTC robotics team. Overall, the FTC boot camp session was a promising experience that set an inspirational tone for the rest of the FTC season.
During our introduction to robotics, we were exposed to the fundamentals of programming. We learned the structure of Java (the programming language we use to code the robot) in this class. Our teachers were very social and fun to work with. We had to “program” Ramon (giving him commands in the form of code) to grab a marker and draw something on the board. The teachers’ personalities made the programming subgroup quite interesting. We did dreadful icebreakers but they made everyone feel cool; I heard about Six Flags, and all the other famous trips the Robolancers take; everybody seemed like they were chill and fun to work with.
If you aren’t sure that you want to join programming, you should at least consider it, especially if you like mentoring and working with others who share common interests. If you like programming and teaching people new things, JOIN, JOIN, JOIN! You have the chance to meet new people and make new friends! Most importantly, you learn how to program, which could really help you in the long run.
–Cyanni Wattley and Teagan Clark