Player Profile: William Lam, “Will”
Who are you when you are not a member of a teenage competitive robotics team?
I am a student in 10th grade at Southwestern High School. In addition to robotics through FIRST, I have been part of TSA (Technology Student Association) for the past 3 years. I also practice Tae Kwon Do and play tennis for Southwestern High School.
How long have you been involved in robotics?
I got involved in robotics in 2018 through the FIRST Lego League based at the Guthrie Memorial Library. This is my third consecutive year of FIRST robotics.
What motivated you to join the team?
I’ve always enjoyed hands-on activities, but the focus on robotics piqued my interest. It was an opportunity to learn something new and meet new people.
What do you think about learning robotics within FIRST’s competitive environment?
I think it is a great way to learn and apply robotics.
Are there any special memories you have from your experience as a robotics competitor?
Last year we placed very highly in each of the two state qualifier tournaments we entered. It was a great feeling of accomplishment.
How do you plan to advance your robotics knowledge/skill during this upcoming season?
I plan to focus my learning and time on working components (the parts of the robot that manipulate the game pieces according to that year’s challenge). I am planning to dedicate more free time outside of team meetings and activities to this area.
Why do you think robotics based at the Guthrie Memorial Library is something worth supporting?
I think it is one of the few technological clubs in the Hanover area and it shows a lot of variety in community activities available through the library.
What do you wish I had asked, but didn’t?
You didn’t ask how robotics will affect my life later on. It will help to reinforce my STEM knowledge and perhaps lead to a career in that area. It also helps with my ability to work as part of a team.