Internship - FIRST Tech Challenge UK
"The mission of FIRST® is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders and innovators, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering, and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership."
The Summer I interned, 2018, FTC UK had just been introduced in the UK. Their goal was to get 100 schools across the country to sign up to the FIRST organisation. My job was to talk to schools and investors about my FIRST journey and to make resources for schools to aid them in having a successful team.
I went to Staffordshire University to talk about FTC and my journey during the program to 50 people. At this event, there were teachers of several schools, potential mentors from big companies like Renishaw and JCB, and other investors.
In June of 2019, we went to Mischon de Reya to talk to a group of 20 lawyers as potential investors and mentors. I spoke briefly about my time at FIRST and how essential it is for everyone to form part of this program.
In September I had the fortunate chance to go to Bloomberg LP Headquarters to talk about the journey I had at FIRST and the immense impact it had in my life. This talk held about 150 people, and Dean Kamen who founded FIRST®, the managing director of Google UK, and many other important investors and people were there.
I was one among many great speakers trying to promote FIRSTTechUK. Some of the amazing speakers present were Ali Stripling from Arm, Professor Louise Archer from the UCL Institute of Education, and Meghna Khokhar and Mark Walker who are former mentors from FIRST. Thank you Ed Cervantes-Watson for bringing me along to such a great talk.
Several schools were concerned when forming a team as they had no experience with robot building in the past. As a company, we realised that we had to make resources for them. I then made resources on how to structure a team, how a team calendar should look like, and how to build different mechanisms.
I made seven different flowcharts for the teams to have step by step instructions of what they need to know throughout the season. All events are linked to the milestones. I wrote all the context for the resources and created them in Adobe Illustrator, and then we sent it off to a graphic designer to finalise them and make them look amazing!