From June 13 - August 23, I am staying at NASA AMES Research Park, funded by Google, studying with 80 people from around the world in Singularity University's Graduate Studies Program.
I'm at week 4, and I love it so much. My mind gets filled to the brim every single day. My peers are amazing. It is so much fun to be surrounded by people that push you to be and do better.
To share with you what it's like here, I created a video showing a day in my life!
Appeared in an epic television commercial with my robot arm!
This is how I spend the majority of my time: Hanging out with my mentor Dianne in her awesome workshop.
Robot troubleshooting on the fly in Sydney.
Gave a speech for IPAA ACT to 280 people at the CEOs and Young Professionals Network Breakfast. It was a delight to find my friends at Questacon had a table! Questacon is the funnest place in Canberra. You go there to learn about science. They also have an outreach exhibition that tours the country. I went to one when I was 11 and took home this beautiful wave drawing that is still on the wall of my childhood bedroom! Definitely check out Questacon!
After my speech, I took a tour of the building where all the exhibits get made with CEO Graham Durant. We had fun with some of the prototypes being made!
Then we put together some modular, 6-piece, 3D-printed glasses. I tried to make mine as colourful as possible.
Make sure you go to Questacon next time you're in Canberra, or attend one of their travelling exhibits and have some fun with science!
It was also great to find out about opportunities at Questacon for outreach positions in teaching and in creating curriculum. I'm excited that our Robogals volunteers who love what we do can make a career out of encouraging kids into science through Questacon and their large-scale, national outreach programs.
I'm the founder of Robogals, and the Young Australian of the Year for 2012. Currently working on 2Mar Robotics. I sometimes give speeches around the country.
I tweet @maritacheng and I'm on Facebook.
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