Rachel is a State Winner. She initially became interested in technology when she joined the FIRST Lego League program in her school in fourth grade. She has continued with FIRST robotics programs and is currently a member of the FIRST Tech Challenge team, RUBIES. Rachel leads her robotics team in programming and mechanical design. She also worked as a software engineer intern at SPS Commerce last summer. Rachel is very passionate about leaving an impact on her city's community and making STEM accessible to all students. With her robotics team, Rachel helped start and mentor new FTC teams in Minneapolis Public Schools through the Minneapolis Urban Robotics Alliance and regularly leads STEM activities at the Brian Coyle Community center. She used what she learned through robotics and is the leading the software development for a project to create a moveable underwater camera system for UMN biology researchers. Rachel is also a member of Southwest High School’s math team as well as the all-state math team and has placed in the top three in the division for the past three years. She is a member of her school’s National Honor Society and enjoys playing clarinet in her school’s wind ensemble.