My first experience in Robotics
In comparison to other schools, The Preuss School UCSD is significantly smaller considering the fact that there are seven grades. When middle schoolers and high schoolers share the same campus, students gain an insight to all the opportunities that are available. Although at times it seems like an unbearable change, the extracurriculars and electives are very anticipated.
One of the after school clubs that we always heard about was Robotics. Throughout the years, we watched our peers walk around in their Team 812 sweaters and return from competition exuberant, telling stories of their ecstatic experience. It made many want to be a part of the community of students that are passionate about STEAM. Two of our impactful science teachers, Ms. Bandy and Mr. Kim, encouraged upcoming freshman at the time to join the Robotics club after school. We were two of them.
On our first day of Robotics we were nervous due to the large amount of people that had showed up, but we felt very welcomed and excited. We met the officers of each committee as they gave us a brief summary of what each committee does. With the information given to us, we decided which committee we thought would be best for us based on our interests. We are able to use our skills that we already have and develop new skills so that we can contribute to the group.
As months went by into the school year, we found ourselves getting wrapped up in school work. Many, including the both of us, began to attend less meetings. This was not because of the lack of interest we found in Robotics, but because of sport seasons starting, focus on a education, and even personal problems. This brought the consideration of perhaps quitting Robotics. However, we both can agree that we did not want to stop attending. We decided to find time in our schedules because of its important to us. We wanted to stay because Robotics helped us develop skills, bonds, and a love for STEAM.
- Kimberly and Lucia