We had a blast getting to know Hope from FIRST LEGO League Team 8152, the RoboGeeks. Hope is 11 (going on 12) and is in her third year on the team. With her seniority and experience, she now mainly acts in a supportive role and fills in wherever she is needed at any given time. She tends to do a lot of the programming and does a lot of the missions, which she loves. And she occasionally jumps into the building and modifying process when needed.
Her favorite part of being part of FIRST LEGO League, besides programming the robots, is having the opportunity to figure out solutions to the problems they come across during the process. She loves that they work on a problem that arises and then learn how to fix it themselves. She finds learning to be the best part.
She also loves the anxiety and excitement of coming to competitions. The team currently has 8 members, three of which are girls. You can tell how well their team works together and that they have a lot of fun. They have a lot of cheers and love to keep the fun going.
Hope looks forward to continuing with FIRST as she moves from elementary to middle school. She can't wait to get into programming even more by learning Java and HTML. And although she isn't exactly sure what she wants to do when she grows up, she does want to keep pursuing her love of coding.
For more information about FIRST, check out their website.
Daniele is a student at Florida Polytechnic University who is studying Computer Science with a concentration in Cyber Security. In High School, she was introduced to the science and technology world through the Foundation for Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST), a robotics foundation where students of varying ages can compete through tasks that their robots perform. With help from mentors she met through FIRST, she became interested in programming and developing. Today, Daniele is a special events host for F5 Live: Refreshing Technology and PLuGHiTz Live Special Events and a co-host for both The New Product Launchpad and FIRST Looks.
Although Michele has worked in the banking industry full time for many years, she originally went to school with a concentration in communications, advertising and marketing. She began her career in sales and retail management, selling electronics and computers. Her love of all things tech eventually brought her back into the electronics arena three years ago when she started with PLuGHiTz Corporation to help with special events as a Production Assistant. Soon she began to dabble with the audio and video and is loving her role as Producer. She's also one of our content writers and assists with product reviews. Looking forward, she is excited to expand her skill set into editing and helping the company continue to grow.