Student Stories: Samantha

Learn more about Samantha, a student from our first Robotics 2.0 program. 


Tell us a bit about yourself.

My name is Samantha, and I go to PS 128. I’m 12 years old, and in my free time I like playing soccer and volleyball.

How did you first get into tech?

One year for Christmas I got--I don’t really know how to describe it--an electronics board and pieces you could connect to it to do different tasks. I thought it was really interesting, how by just connecting metal parts you could make anything.

What attracted you to robotics specifically?

I love building robots. I guess that’s mainly because once you put them together, you can continue adding different parts and other things to them. It’s just...I don’t know. It’s just that I like how I can do whatever I want to do.  

Why Kinet-X?

My mom and I were looking for different camps, and only Kinet-X had exactly what I was looking for. Other camps taught general STEM with no focus, while Kinet-X was more specifically about robotics and programming. Which was exactly what I wanted for a camp.  

What has been your favorite part of this program so far?

So far I really love building the robots. I like the coding too, but I’m more into building because that’s the part where you have the chance to make whatever you want.

What have you learned so far?

The biggest thing would probably be Arduino C. Because I’ve seen Scratch before, but I’ve never seen or used Arduino C. So it was interesting to learn different ways to code--how you can code either way.

What’s the hardest part of robotics? How do you overcome these challenges?

To program robots, you have to kind of guess at first. You won’t know for sure if the code works until you upload it to your robot, and then if it doesn’t work you just have to do it again. And then do it again until it does. So I guess that makes the hardest part the experimenting.

What do you want to be when you grow up?

A robotics engineer. Like I said, I like building robots. I just find it interesting.