Student of the Week, Nov. 11, 2013
After-school activities: Robotics, Knowledge Bowl, luthiery, bassist.
Favorite books: “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” by Douglas Adams or “Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman!” by Richard Feynman.
Favorite TV shows: “Mythbusters,” “Top Gear” and “Futurama.”
Favorite band or musician: Diablo Swing Orchestra.
Parents: John and Leslie Atchison.
Personal hero and why: Richard Feynman — He was curious about everything and made extremely significant discoveries in the field of physics by following his curiosities.
Preferred college: Caltech or MIT.
Preferred career: aerospace engineer or physicist.
Greatest achievement so far: Helping found a FIRST Robotics team in Grand Junction to provide opportunities for students to experience engineering firsthand.
What you’d like to be your next greatest achievement: I’d like our rookie robotics team to make it to the FIRST International Championship.
Q: What was the most memorable lesson you ever learned in a class?
A: It’s just as important to understand the process by which you reach a correct answer as it is to know what that answer is.
Q: What subject or extracurricular activity are you most passionate about and why?
A: Math and physics, because they are the fundamental methods by which we understand the universe, they have fascinating real-world applications, and I love to solve difficult problems.
Q: Describe a time when you knew you made a difference in the community or someone else’s life.
A: I mentor a First Lego League team, and this has allowed me to teach elementary school students about robotics and hopefully help them to learn to love science and technology.
Q: What are your goals for after high school?
A: I’d like to discover what field I really want to dedicate my life to in college, and then pursue a Ph.D. in that area. I hope that whatever I end up doing, I can make a positive impact on the world.
Q: What is your dream job?
A: I would love to be a college professor.