1) Describe your experiences with the NASA robot project.
I had the extraordinary opportunity to work with the GCE Robotics team. I sound edited the interviews we recorded for our website, and I wrote a composition for our video.
2) What did you learn? What did you learn about yourself?
I learned that there are many different jobs when it comes to the First Robotics Competition. I was very conflicted when I was considering what groups to be in. I signed up for the photography group, but ended up sound editing instead. I also signed up to be on the video crew, and my role in that was to write the composition.
3) What could you have done differently?
I could have signed up for the other groups that interested me. I considered entering the website group, as I thought I would enjoy working on a computer. In this logic, I also considered the programming group, but my computer expertise (or lack of expertise) does not expand programming.
4) What was the greatest challenge?
The hardest challenge was by far writing the piece. I have written and recorded many songs before, but trying to write one that syncs to the video was difficult. Usually when I compose, I have no specific guidelines to how it should be beforehand, but for this one I had to try to influence the theme of robotics into the piece.
5) What did you enjoy the most?
My favorite part of the project was sound editing. Sound editing is one of my hobbies, so I was very excited to incorporate that into the project.
How can your experience or how does robot technology help provide solutions for the United Nations Milliennium Development goal?
Please pick one of the goals (End hunger/poverty, universal education, gender equality, child health, maternal health, combat HIV/AIDS, environmental sustainability, and global partnership)
I think that robotics has played a huge role in environmental sustainability. Examples of robots or mechanics that help the environment are plows, windmills, levees, artificial trees, air purifiers, and many more. What if machines just didn’t exist? How would the environment be with the lack of such a standard idea? There are two ways to look at this. You could argue that without machines we would not be able to save the environment at all. Also you can argue that without machines we would not have nearly as many environmental problems as we do now.