During my four years as a high school student, I participated in FIRST Robotics, which creates and hosts nation-wide STEM and robotics competitions in a sports-like fashion to prepare future engineers for successful careers. I was a member of team ICE 6419 and participated in both FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) and FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) team. Both leagues consisted of designing, building, and programming a mechanical robot to complete a 2 minute and 30-second game involving the collection of objects, interaction with other robots, and precise timing to score points. My specific roles included programming the robot's core functionality, managing our team's daily agendas & engineering notebook, presenting at team outreach events, attaining sponorships, and maintaining our team's website.
Sean Eddy, the creator of a realistic re-creation of Downtown Des Moines, Iowa in the popular video game, Minecraft, invited me to assist him in hosting and marketing his project to the public. While he focuses on his design and building work, I am primarily involved in day-to-day management of logistics, such as web hosting, domain/DNS management, server hosting, and software maintenance. I've programmed a couple of features to make our community feel unique, including a plugin to sync the game's time and weather conditions with real-life Des Moines. Our project managed to make our local news and sparked players across Central Iowa to visit Sean's work.