Student Stories: Meet Cyrus
Tell us a bit about yourself.
My name is Cyrus and I’ll be starting high school at Stuyvesant this fall. I am 13 years old and some of my favorite sports are soccer, ping pong, ultimate frisbee, and swimming. I also love playing the violin, and I’ve been doing so for 10 years now.
How did you first get into tech?
My dad is a software engineer and growing up I would always see him working at home on some super complicated stuff. I was then introduced to coding and began Scratch programing in 3rd grade.
What attracted you to robotics specifically?
It’s a little different than just coding, because not everything is behind the screen. I’m able to be more hands-on and see the practical applications of my work, which I love. With just a few lines of code, I think it’s so cool that I can make a robot move or do just about anything, from playing soccer to battling other bots.
When I was first looking into Stuyvesant as a potential high school, I visited their CyberStuy open house. There, I met at Allan at an expo for Stuyvesant’s Computer Science and Robotics team. My dad and he talked, and he introduced Kinet-X to us.
What has been your favorite part of this program so far?
I love building and customizing the robots--especially the Battle Bots. I get to see how my robot and program works in action as it’s the perfect balance between creativity and competition.
What have you learned so far?
So far it would be Arduino C and how to program robots. I’ve learned about Scratch before, but Arduino C was completely new to me. But I’m so glad that I got the hang of it, because now I can program my robot to move however I want.
What’s the hardest part of robotics? How do you overcome these challenges?
Definitely the technical aspect. Sometimes the problem is that the parts of the robot don’t work as they should, or the code has bugs in it. I’m always determined to figure out the issues and try to keep working through it.
What do you want to be when you grow up?
Not sure yet. I’ve got a lot of different interests to still explore.