It’s been a while since I introduced you to MIT (my way, of course). Since then, I’ve been on the ETOOMUCHADVENTURE side of things – the curse of a blogger’s life, having so much to blog but not enough time to write about it ;) But summer’s winding down now. The time has come to catch you guys up on what I’ve been doing.
I will start it with a post about my UROP ^_^
It all started back in March, when I began poking around for summer UROPs. I’m Course 6-2 (Electrical Engineering and Computer Science), with a heavy interest in biology. I had intended to get a bioEE UROP – that is probably my ultimate field of study – but then something awesome caught my eye.
I am not sure if my first response was “I WANNA PROGRAM A SPACE ROBOT I WANT A SPACE ROBOTTT!!!!!!” or just simple drooling, but I was hooked on this idea. In a nutshell, there exist satellites called SPHERES (Synchronized Position Hold Engage and Reorient Experimental Satellites) in the International Space Station. They were originally inspired by Star Wars and designed to be used for research on topics like flight formation and docking. Nowadays, they also serve as vital tools in Zero Robotics, a series of competitions for middle- and high-schoolers, culminating in a NASA-coordinated tournament on the ISS.
The goal of this UROP? To write a game, teach it to middle schoolers, and help them code a player. It sounded fantastic, and became my number one UROP choice. As you might guess, I was lucky enough to join the team of 10 UROPs that made this happen.
Our first order of business?