Mentor Profile: Meet Adam, our CS Director

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Hey there all! This is the first entry of our Mentor Profile series, and we'll start it off with a bang by introducing you all to Adam, our CS Director. He's a wrestler, famed student announcer, and was recently admitted to Caltech's Class of 2022 (though he's still waiting on other schools). Take a few minutes to get acquainted with Adam and feel free to send him an email at adam@kinet-x.org!

Tell us a little bit about yourself and what you do for Kinet-X

I’m Adam, the CS Director at Kinet-X. My job involves working on the programming curriculum for all of our classes, teaching our various courses to our students, and spending my free time thinking of the most fun thing I can teach next. My hobbies include cooking, working out, and playing video games!

How’d you get into tech?

I feel as if I’ve always been drawn to technology, and the way things work. As a kid I was fascinated by basically everything, and never stopped asking questions. Officially, it was probably around the 6th/7th grade, when I started the classes I was taking at school started specifically being about technology. By the end of 7th grade, I was versed in CAD, web development, python, and lego robotics. Since then, I’ve only gone farther on my journey to learn as much as I possibly can.

What were you doing before Kinet-X?

Before Kinet-X I was on one of our school’s FTC robotics teams, serving as vice president. I was pretty in to maker culture, spending a lot of my free time playing with soldering irons and DIY electronics, or drawing up schematics in my personal notebook.

Who have been your greatest influences and mentors?

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Completely unrelated from tech, my parents have undoubtedly been my biggest inspirations in life. Having immigrated, and built up our life from next to nothing, I have nothing but the deepest respect and appreciation for them. Like I mentioned before, my tech career really kicked off in middle school, and the teachers I had were a great influence on shaping and growing my passion.

What keeps you going?

Knowing that there’s still more stuff to learn out there.

What’s been the best part of Kinet-X thus far?

The reaction a student has when their final project perfectly works. There is no replacement for seeing something you’ve put hours into finally coming together. Likewise, there’s no replacement for the joy a mentor feels when they get to see a student experience that.

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What’s the greatest challenge you’ve faced so far?

Going into my senior year of wrestling, I’d spent the entire summer training and getting ready. At the very first tournament, I broke my arm in the middle of the match. Aside from all the physical

pain, it mentally destroyed me, because I had to see everything I’d worked for fall apart around me. It took a lot to come back from that, to start over and convince myself that there’s a point to working towards a goal again.

Where do you plan to go from here and what about college?

If I knew it'd be on my facebook profile...

Any parting words of wisdom?

Never skip breakfast.

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