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Ranya and Riley

Posted on May 12, 2018 by Ranya L. and Riley C.

Team members Ranya and Riley take a moment to reflect on their first year as members of the Stryke Force team.

Riley, Jeff and Ranya
Riley, Jeff and Ranya show off their medals at the 2018 Detroit World Championship.

Ranya L.

As an introverted newcomer, I had my doubts about joining Stryke Force. I knew nothing about robotics and the word “robot” was basically foreign to me. However, my doubts disappeared after the first day of attending Stryke Force. The environment was so welcoming and learning oriented that I was instantly made comfortable. The mentors are extremely knowledgeable and helpful, and the students are all very approachable. I truly feel like part of a family here. I have learned so much in the past few weeks that it is hard to put into words and my knowledge of programming and of robotics in general has grown immensely. To sum it up, I’m glad I took the opportunity to join Stryke Force because it is an experience like no other.

Riley C.

I am Riley and this is my first year on Stryke Force and robotics in general. For most of my life I have always thought I was going to college for Pre Med and then go onto medical school to become a surgeon. However, I have changed my mind about pursuing a surgeon’s career. As a part of the programming team, I quickly became interested in programming the robot to move forward and turn. With the help and support of the mentors, I have learned so much about robots.

I joined robotics because I knew some upperclassmen who were a part of Stryke Force and my friend Anna wanted to join. I decided joining Stryke Force would be an interesting experience since I knew nothing about computers or robots. I brought my other friend, Ranya, to join the experience. Ranya and I joined the programming team and Anna joined the build team. On the programming team, Ranya and I are known as the bickering old couple. While learning so many aspects of robotics, our friendship has also grown stronger.


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