Programming Adventure



I first got exposed to programming and mechanics when I was participating in FIRST Lego League (FLL) in the second grade. I was the main programmer and engineer for my team. The programming was a basic drag-and-drop software (used with an NXT block), and through it I learned how to do things like calibrate and program light sensors. I also learned how to do parallel programming and loops (shown to the right). Though it was tedious to do things like measuring distance for the robot to travel, I found myself learning new things and having fun. Eventually, the programming led my team to win at the State tournament and go on to Worlds.

I spent my eighth grade year in FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC), learning how to program Java in Android Studio. I worked with Bluetooth connections between a phone on the robot (called the robot controller) and a phone with the drivers (called the drivers station). My team went to the World Finals and got to compete with the very best teams.

I joined FIRST Robotics Challenge (FRC) my freshman year, where I was mainly a programmer. I learned the basics of C++ programming, along with wiring and programming solenoids, motors, and roboRIOs.

Sample of NXT Software
My FRC team at a tournament in Cleveland

Science Fair

9th grade Cryptocurrency project (slideshow)

Freshman year, I did a project that found the most efficient pool at mining Electroneum, a Cryptocurrency. When I noticed that some pools went down and mining stopped, I created a Python program that was automatically able to point to the next best pool. This project won me awards at SEFNK (first place in CS, first place NKU department of CS, and Intel Excellence in CS), as well as at KY-SEF (third place in systems software, US Air Force Special Award). 

8th grade face detection project (slideshow)

In eighth grade, my project used several face recognition softwares and a RaspberryPi to see which software is most accurate at determining the number of faces in pictures. I won awards at SEFNK (first place in Computer Science middle school, NKU Informatics award), KYSEF (second place in Robotics and Intelligent Machines), and a Broadcom Masters Nomination.

7th grade LED light show project (slideshow)

I went on to compete in seventh grade. In seventh grade, my project focused on programming a Raspberry Pi using Python (and Bash to automate testing) to create a light show based on beats in a song using different instruments. I won awards at SEFNK (first place in Computer Science middle school, NKU Informatics award), a Broadcom Masters nomination, KYSEF (third place in Robotics and Intelligent Machines), and KJAS (third place middle school). I also used the same algorithms when I competed in Odyssey of the Mind, when one of my team's props had LED lights flash on the sound of thunder. 

6th grade programming languages  project (slideshow)

Eventually, I started to get more and more familiar with different languages. In sixth grade, I competed in the NKY regional and KY state science fairs. My project was involved in determining which programming language was the most efficient in computing high number algorithms. Out of several that I tested, C++ was the fastest. This project won me awards at SEFNK (first place in Computer Science middle school), KJAS (third place middle school) and a Broadcom Masters Nomination.


Code Abbey

Since eighth grade, I have been working on problems on the Code Abbey website. I like to code in Python in problems ranging anywhere from involving bubble sort to probability to cloud altitude measurement. Here are samples of my code:

Fibonacci Divisibility
Yacht or Dice Poker


I joined INTERalliance my freshman year. I had a great time at TechOlympics 2018: Imagine, where I went to several seminars and got inspired about different career opportunities. Now, I want to go into artificial intelligence (AI), virtual reality (VR), animation, computer science, cybersecurity or mechanical engineering.

The summer before sophomore year, I attended the 2018 IT Careers Camp at the University of Cincinnati in the Cybersecurity group, and met IT professionals from several big companies.

Sophomore year, I was treasurer of the Ryle chapter, and the Internal Systems Co-Manager of the INTERalliance Leadership Council (ILC). As a part of the ILC, I have lead the INTERalliance’s various initiatives and programs. As an Internal Systems manager, I am responsible for assisting the Associate Director in executing any and all needs for running the organization. These include the following:

• Meets the IT needs of the rest of the ILC

• Help implement new software (both finding, implementing, and teaching)

• Managing the back-end of the INTERalliance and TechOlympics websites and am in charge of any major overhauls while working closely with the marketing team

• Assisting any IT needs for large programs

• In charge of cross committee communication; making sure it’s happening effectively

• Managing accounts for all IA media

• Facilitating mass communications

• Assisting in all IT committee needs from collection to analysis

I also had the opportunity to attend the Joint Women’s Leadership Conference in which 50 tri-state students were invited to attend and I was one of two impromptu students chosen to speaker in front of a 500+ audience about my experiences in tehcnology.

© Mina Ryumae 2019

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