One of my favourite science-related things I’ve done this year is going to the weekly physics and astronomy lectures at UBC. I learned a lot from them, and even when I didn’t understand them, they provided me with a better understanding of how the system works, and also connected me to a few people who I may teach me or work with me in future.
I also enjoyed building my robot throughout the year and going to the meetups with some other robot builders in Vancouver.
Although I wish I had made more videos throughout the year, I was satisfied with those I did make.
Things I think I could have done better:
One thing I regret this year is not making many videos. As a said before I made a few, but I feel like if I had worked to make more I could have had a much bigger YouTube following by now, which would be a very helpful asset to me in an age where we are often judged by what we have online.
Similarly to YouTube videos, I wish I had worked on my robot more often throughout the year. Progress was very slow on it, and I think I could have learned a lot more about engineering and electronics if I had just done it more.
In general, I wish I had done more than I did.
I have attended at least 17 public colloquiums at the UBC physics & astronomy department, each of which are an hour long. Including travel time, this amounts to approximately 59 hours of UBC lectures. Also, I spent approximately 6 hours making responses for some of the lectures.
I have spent around 25 hours building my robot, including buying parts, research, and attending robot meetups.
I have also spent around 30 hours making youtube videos about science and engineering.
This adds up to around 114 hours on this IDS out of the 100 minimum.