About Me —
I started 9th grade at age 12 at Urbana High School, Urbana, IL, completing my first two years ranking in the top 5% of my class. I am a different thinker with Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, ADHD, CAPD, and visual disturbances. After losing my advocacy team of principal Stark and counselor Solodky, my learning differences and learning style became a mismatch for the teaching and assessment styles of the teachers at UHS. Therefore, due to the Illinois acceleration law, I started a hybrid program in my junior year with the goal being to satisfy UHS graduation requirements and obtain my diploma. I attend UHS part-time and take online classes through ASU Prep Digital Academy, an innovative online high school that gives students an accelerated path toward university admission using the Cambridge Curriculum.
Through them, I was able to accelerate even more and take 12th grade English and pre-calculus. They also enabled me to enroll in ASU as a college student and take US History from a civil rights perspective and Introductory Chemistry with lab. That is all in my junior year. In my senior year I will continue taking college classes in English Composition, Physics with lab and Calculus for Engineers while participating in the prestigious UHS Executive Internship Program. I will receive high school credit for all of my ASU classes and walk the stage to receive my diploma in May 2020, at age 16. I will start college at age 16 with up to 19 transfer credits. My interest is in engineering design. My desire is to major in mechanical engineering with a concentration in robotics. Ultimately, I would like to attend veterinary school. I would like to combine my engineering and veterinary degrees to use technology to make major impacts on animal medicine and science. I have interests in orthotics & prosthetics, instrumentation, conservation, and creating better zoos.
About ME —
I have always been precocious. Nothing in my house was safe when I was around. I would take everything apart from a young age. My parents enrolled me in robotics at the Orpheum Children’s Science Museum at age 4, so I would take other people’s stuff apart. It worked. I have been taking things apart and building things, especially robots, for eleven years now. I exhausted every learning opportunity that was available in my community. I traveled to the Center for Talent Development, Northwestern University and the University of Iowa Belin-Blank Center for Gifted Education in pursuit of robotics. I learned computer programming online and started four robotics teams. I am the Founder and President of FTC Team #10146 Invader Bots. I also serve as the lead builder and wiring expert, as well as the leader of outreach and networking. I have amassed 250+ hours as Lead Robotics Instructor at the same Orpheum Children’s Museum where I first began. I see myself as the CEO of my own technology company someday. I believe immersion and instruction in computing and technology should start in kindergarten and be a core subject with national standards. A founding principle of my organization is my belief that to narrow the STEM gap minority students must see and engage with STEM professionals who look like them.