JSAC Essay Contest Winners!


First Place Winner!
Noni Vaughn

Noni is a founding member of the only all-girls African American FRC team in the nation.

I’ve been in robotics for 9 years and I am a mechanic and book illustrator for my team.  At 4 years old, I decided I wanted to be an obstetrician. I began to do my own research at 7 and have been studying ever since.  To me, robotics goes beyond the robot. There is so much that I’ve learned that will help me later in life. I’ve learned the importance of resources, mentors and teamwork. Being a part of an all girls team has given me much pride and confidence in being a young woman doing robotics.  I'd like to study holistic health in obstetrics and neuroscience. Using my skills in computer aided design (CAD) and prototyping, I'd like to explore how the subjects overlap and merge.  Many people think you have to be as smart as Albert Einstein to be in robotics but the truth is you don’t. I came into robotics not even knowing what a wrench was. Now I’m one of the major mechanics on my team.

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Second Place Winner
Daniel Lee

"Robotics will be imperative to not what I do,
but how I think".


Third Place Winner
Harper Rhett

"As a STEM inclined student, high school doesn't prepare you for many STEM related jobs or opportunities.  Robotics however has allowed me to broaden my horizons, and I can comfortably say that I am more than prepared for whatever comes after high school".

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First Place Winner
Jeff Newell

"Expressing how I’ve been impacted by the opportunity that has been provided to my students and others alike at the Johnson STEM Activity Center (JSAC) almost leaves me speechless. Every time I come to JSAC, I get a feeling that something great is about to happen".