I blog about my experiences building geeky electronic, artistic and software projects. Some entries are about my experiences with FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), whose vision is “To transform our culture by creating a world where science and technology are celebrated and where young people dream of becoming science and technology leaders.”
About Christin Boyd
In 1997 I completed a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Washington. While in school, I worked in Developer Tech Support for Microsoft. After graduation I worked at Microsoft for over eleven years, mostly working with Microsoft Visual Studio developer tools which includes C++, Visual Basic, Visual C#, tools for mobile devices, and tools for Office and SharePoint.
My senior year of high school, I tried teaching English as a Second Language to elementary school children from the Soviet Union. Yeah, it was still the Soviet Union back then.
In 1993-1994 school year I mentored a 5th grade girl who was in the gifted program and advanced classes, but was having problems feeling “stupid” “not good enough” and hating school.
From 1999 – 2003 I volunteered every Saturday at the Seattle Aquarium. I gave tours, staffed the “touch tanks”, fed the fish, invertibrates and sharks. Every other weekend I would dive in the big tropical tank, feed the fish by hand, and clean the tank. If you’ve ever owned a 50 gallon fish tank, it’s kinda like that times 10,000.
During the 2009 – 2010 school year I mentored Team Xbot, the FIRST robotics team from Franklin High School in Seattle.