Hi, my name is Dahany Choi and I am a senior on FIRST Robotics team 2590, Nemesis. This will be my fourth and final year on the team. While always having an interest in a STEM related major, I knew joining the team would be my greatest interest during my high school career. Nemesis has ultimately given me technical skills, self confidence, and a clear vision of my future: a career in mechanical engineering.
The competitive aura within FIRST demands new and original ideas to succeed and surpass other teams. Although making the physical robot is an awesome experience, seeing the engineering perspectives of my team members and thousands of other teams around the world to the same challenge is amazing, as it keeps you questioning how you could’ve made your robot better.
As a fourth year member of the build team, I hold many responsibilities: Build Executive, Lead Robot Designer, and Competition Driver. My job involves designing and producing a functioning robot. This starts with a prototyping phase to produce innovative methods to attack the new game challenge. The working ideas are then implemented into a computer aided design program to produce a final robot design. This is all done while under heavy design constraints. Once the CAD model is complete, the fabrication process begins by writing CAM scripts that are then sent to our in-house CNC machines, which I also operate. The finished pieces are finally assembled into a robot and then prepared for competition.
Once the competition season starts, my role shifts from designer to driver. I’m tasked with representing the team in front of thousands of people through robot performance. Alongside software operation, I manipulate joysticks to control the robot in a contained tennis court-sized field, trying to maximize the team’s score. In 2017, we ranked first in the Mid-Atlantic region, won the Mid-Atlantic District Championship, and won the Indiana Robotics Invitational.
My years on 2590 have been absolutely incredible. I have had the opportunity to travel around the country for robotic competitions including South Florida, Montreal, Lehigh, Indiana and of course St. Louis, Missouri for the World Championship. With an already amazing three years, I look forward to my final year on Nemesis.
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