First Name

Ecem

Last Name

H.

Bio

Ecem is a grade 11 student at Armbrae Academy and from an early age has taken interest in computing as she has found that it allows her to be creative and gives her an opportunity to make a positive impact on the world. Since Grade 4, she has been on her school's robotics teams. From Grade 4-8 she participated in the robotics team competing at First Lego League (FLL). Her team won several Lego Robotics competition awards between 2014 - 2018. In 2017, they participated in the International FLL Competition representing NS, Canada in the UK. In 2018, they represented NS, Canada in the Legoland World Championship in California, USA. Their project was nominated for the FIRST® LEGO® League Global Innovation Award. FLL has taught her a lot about perseverance when building, designing robots and using a talking stick often works to hear everyone's ideas about a subject. Also, just because you are one of the only girls attending the club, does not mean you should leave or not take a leadership position. Since Grade 9, she has been part of the high school robotics team at her school. The process of building robots has allowed her to apply physics (one of her favourite topics), and learn new skills such as 3D printer coding and soldering. She has built robots from the base using vex robotics and performed missions in competitions such as collecting totem pole pieces and catching tennis balls. Her team won 3rd place at the provincials at Skills Canada competition in 2019, but sadly due to Covid-19 was not able to compete in 2020. She found that these technical accomplishments really improved her creativity, out of the box thinking, leadership and teamwork skills. Ecem has shown her perseverance, determination and love of the subject of information technology and engineering when she was the recipient of the Computer Studies Award in 2014. This award is presented to a student who has made an outstanding performance in a Computer Studies course from Grades 4 to 6. Furthermore, in grade 10 (2020), she chose to take the AP Computer Science Principles exam and scored a 5/5. She is also very excited for July 2021 where she is awarded by SHAD to participate in a STEAM and entrepreneurship program. All of this experience she would love to use in her future career after attending a university. She would love to use computing and information technologies to help others and make the world a better place. She believes that this can be done with technology for it can only evolve and grow from here. She thinks that if you can make a seal (Paro robot) to help patients with dementia it can only get better from here on out.