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Last Updated on 31 January 2015

Sophie Haire

Haire, Sophie

Sophie Haire

Being an extremely shy, overly bookish-type kid, TechBrick Robotics is one of the best things that happened to me during my high school years. Over the two years I was a part of FRC team 3941, I went from being an insecure teenager to a team leader, learning (slowly but surely) that even I could be an effective contributor to something greater than myself. Technology may be the heart and soul of TechBrick Robotics, but the most valuable lessons for me were not scientific, but those of teamwork, effective communication, accurate humility, taking charge, and the necessity of occasional silliness. My role in my team bolstered my self-affirmation and allowed me to pursue a technical major in college with confidence when the time came. I am now a freshman student of computer science and mathematics at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and a scholar in the prestigious Center for Women in Technology Scholars Program. As for career plans, TechBrick helped me along in that regard as well. Although I am open to whatever path the Lord chooses, I am currently seeking to pursue a career in web-based software development, which, naturally, was spawned by my work on the FRC 3941 website last year.

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