First Name

Penelope

Last Name

B.

Bio

Penelope first became interested in technology when she joined the robotics club on the first day of high school. She was the first girl to join, and immediately loved working on the complex problems that robotics presented. She is passionate about working with robots, programming MINDSTORMS NXT using RobotC and is also the captain of her robotics team for the second year. She specifically enjoys writing autonomous programs that utilize sensors to perceive the changing environment for the robots. This is especially fascinating to her because she enjoys watching things move and react to danger. She has created several programs to prevent the robot from attacking itself, usually making the robot easier and more fun to drive. She is proficient at programming in RobotC and she has used her skills to teach other young girls programming during a summer camp called Girls Get IT, as well as at other camps, festivals, and scrimmages. She is a dual Robotics Engineering and Computer Science student at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, where she is a freshman. She enjoys rock climbing, noveling and spending her weekends in the robotics lab. Penelope credits her mother as one of the most influential people in her life. Her mother urged her to get into robotics and pursue what she is interested in. Penelope's high school has also been very influential in getting her interested in technology. Her robotics mentors, specifically John Delacy, have been very helpful in developing her skills in computing. Penelope is very proud of the shooting program that she wrote for her sophomore year robot. She learned how to program that year because all of the previous programmers on the team had left, and she jumped at the opportunity to learn something new.