FTC Team Space

Thinking outside the box in an 18" box

My experience as a first-year programmer

Last season was my first season with FTC. I had already heard a little about it through some friends, but when I became programmer for Team SPACE I still didn’t know what I was getting into. The first few weeks took to a bit getting used to, mostly because I’ve never really worked with a group like this. I previously only worked alone on some programming projects, but in that time I never programmed anything similar to a robot.

As a new member I still had a lot of questions. I worked a bit on the hardware, so even though I had to learn a bit more than I expected, it gave my an advantage with combining both the hardware and the software parts of the robot. I thought programming a robot would be hard, but because you already get this huge basis to work with, you can quickly get some motors running.

Of course there also were some problems. Because I never ‘really’ worked together with people (of course I work together for school projects, but never for like a hobby), I had some trouble asking for help. This sounds kind of dumb, but I always fixed programming problems alone, so I never had to ask for help. Thankfully, I got over this problem pretty fast, and working together is going great.

Now that we have reached the end of the season, and I gained a lot of experience, I want to help out the newer programmers/teams. We’re currently developing a basis so that it’ll be even easier to program the robot, and because of this teams can start out faster. I had a great time during this season, and I can’t wait to start the next one!

About Laurens

member from 2019 to

Hey, my name is Laurens. I'm 17 years old, and one of the new members of the team. Programming is one of my hobbies, and it seemed really cool to join Team SPACE. I hope I can help as a programmer, and I also hope I can learn some new things too.