I promise this will not be a geek post in it’s entirety, but prepare to enter geekdom for a minute.

I started my first full week of classes this week, began my project in the lab, and I also transitioned into my role as Robotics instructor for the high school engineering camp here on campus. Things are definitely moving and moving full speed ahead. I decided to completely bar all interaction with social media if it isn’t conducive and beneficial for my roles. I have noticed that I’ve been able to get much more done without allowing to be distracted by social media.


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As I’ve mentioned in a previous post, my project for the summer is to create the “skin” for a humanoid robot (a robot that resembles a human) using software to design 3-D objects and then create those objects with a 3-D printer. I’m still in the beginning stages with learning to software and how to actually design body parts and I’m still pretty intrigued.

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I’ve started with the arms (pictured above) and it’s honestly not as easy as it sounds and definitely not as easy as I thought it would be. The machine used to create these parts is listed below. There’s so much to be taken into consideration when calculating the measurements while designing. But since this will most likely be what my project/thesis will consist of to complete my Master’s, I still have plenty of time to get everything right.

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As far as my Robotics courses for my students, things are going pretty slowly but we’re progressing. I’m not sure who’s more ready to get to the assembling and programming of the robots–me or the students. Of course I understand that there is a process that needs to be followed so that concepts are understood correctly, but my 9th & 10th graders would prefer to skip that part. My juniors and seniors have a better understanding. And to me, since they’re a bit older and the group is smaller, I’m a bit more comfortable and less strict with them.

Speaking of my students, I know many of you follow me on Instagram so you saw when I posted the photos below after the ESI Parents Workshop. I was told the day that I found out I would be teaching the Robotics courses that I would have to give a brief introduction of the course and introduce myself. I wasn’t a bit nervous and that’s probably because since I’ve started graduate school, I’ve been presenting and speaking before crowds. Everyone seemed amazed at my role as a graduate student, researcher, and an instructor. As I looked out at those in attendance, I saw smiles all over the room and that was a really wonderful feeling. And the applause after my speech was extremely satisfying.

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I met several parents who came up to me after the program was over to introduce themselves to me personally, but whom also wanted to know more about what I did and what I do and how inspiring my story was. One student in particular (the one above in blue) and I held a nice, lengthy conversation about the field of robotics and his interests.

And it dawned on me that I am truly in love with all that I do.

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10 Comments
  1. Mimi

    June 16, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    Proud of you….but you already know that!
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  2. Daenel T @ Living Outside the Stacks

    June 16, 2013 at 7:24 pm

    So very cool. I love that you’re getting to do something that interests you and keeps you focused. Just so very proud of you, lady. Do your thang and keep your head up!
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  3. mobilya modelleri

    June 17, 2013 at 7:18 am

    Its Good. . Do your thang and keep your head up!

  4. Q

    June 17, 2013 at 9:42 am

    Power to the geeks! It’s nice to know that I’m not the only brown girl who finds this stuff amazing. ::raises fist:: to all my tech sistas lol
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  5. Vaneese

    June 17, 2013 at 11:50 am

    Go you! I don’t understand much of this, but I totally get going on hiatus from social media. I actually just deactivated my FB page for the very reasons you mentioned. I need focus right now and social media, in particular Facebook, was making that nearly impossible. Like you, if it’s not moving my roles, brand, life forward, there is no place for it right now. Also, as I’ve said before, I think it’s so awesome that you get to teach something that you enjoy. Congratulations!
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  6. The Indie

    June 17, 2013 at 2:24 pm

    Beauty and brains? Wooooow, I’m a new reader to this blog so I had no idea you were such a science buff. I’ve never been able to follow science and I think because of that, I have such a respect for people who can kick butt in it. The fact that you are building a robot? Ma’am, that is too dope! This is really awesome and I really commend you with the work you’re not only putting towards your own education but also the education of our youth. Amazingness! Great woman you are :)
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  7. Vett

    June 18, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    This is so exciting and only a little nerdy hehe! Proud of you!!!

  8. Nicole

    June 18, 2013 at 7:47 pm

    So cool! I love seeing people who are in love with what they do :)
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  9. Kat

    June 20, 2013 at 4:39 am

    This is pretty neat. In high school I had associates in high school on the robotics team and my science teachers were their “mentors”. Watching them compete in competitions and work on robots was rather intriguing. Much luck with everything.

  10. G K

    June 25, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    What a blessing to love what you do. So proud of you and your work ethic. I feel the happiness in your words — how you talk about the things you do. You and I are a lot alike. (Again, I think we’re sisters – ha!)

    Keep it up. And keep us posted!
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