FIRST Robotics Competition

Participated at Palm Bay High School during the 2006-2007 school year

FRC is a program geared towards helping high school students gain an interest in the science and engineering fields. While participating in this program, I lead / mentored the programming team and tutored students in basic C programming. The objective of the project was to create a robot capable of being controlled manually and autonomously, using sensors, to lift up and place air tubes in a goal. Although we placed in last place ;), overall the project was a success because it gave many students the opportunity to be part of a big project. Being that it was the first year Palm Bay High participated, I was impressed that the students were able to create a fully functional robot, basically from scratch.

Operation Hope

Participated at the Fellsmere location during the 2005-2006 school year

Operation hope is a program geared towards helping underprivileged students and families. During my service at Operation hope, I tutored classes of around 10-12 students, in grades 6th - 9th, in mathematics and computers. The students were taught basic arithmetic and beginning algebra. Due to the large age range, language barrier (some students only spoke Spanish), and varying levels of understanding, I was able to use the students that were more advanced in the subject to help teach the less knowledgeable students. This tactic worked well because it gave the teaching students confidence in themselves for learning the subject and being able to teach it and it gave the learning students confidence that they had the ability to learn the subject. Some students went from not knowing how to multiply two whole numbers to performing addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division on fractions and whole numbers. I was very pleased with my experiences at Operation Hope, and if given the opportunity and time, I would teach there again.