The Future Engineer

Stemettes Summer Hack

I went to the Stemettes Summer Hack today at Winston Capital and it was really, really good.

Living in England means that of course the weather was erratic and I left the house to torrential rain but came home to searing heat but enough about the weather.

When we arrived we greeted by piles of food. So before the day had fully started it had got a 10/10 from me.

We then did some ice breakers which included coming up with a STEM related pop group name, song title and dance move. That was indeed an interesting experience.

We then moved into our groups of what you wanted to do. My friend and I choose Python where we were recreating Flappy Birds. I hope my finial product is better than my Flappy Birds skills.

Then we had lunch where there was more food.

During lunch my friend and I went to speak to Anne-Marie, the head Stemette. She is actually an awesome person and gave us loads of great, actionable advice.

After lunch we continued coding for the rest of the day. The Winton Capital staff and all of the volunteers were very nice and helpful.

It was really interesting to see such a mix of people. While the majority were quite young(year 8 and under) there were parents getting involved and people a lot older than my friend and I who had come which for some reason surprised me.

It was a great day and I’m really looking forward to tomorrow.

Side note: Oh and in the afternoon there was more food. All these deserts and stuff!!! :)
Another side note: The food was good quality as well; they even had M&S juice

The mic came for a project I’m working on the other day. I’m super excited :D

The mic came for a project I’m working on the other day. I’m super excited :D

“[J]ust as in the sciences we have learned that we are too ignorant to safely pronounce anything impossible, so for the individual, since we cannot know just what are his limitations, we can hardly say with certainty that anything is necessarily within or beyond his grasp. Each must remember that no one can predict to what heights of wealth, fame, or usefulness he may rise until he has honestly endeavored, and he should derive courage from the fact that all sciences have been, at some time, in the same condition as he, and that it has often proved true that the dream of yesterday is the hope of today and the reality of tomorrow.”

Robert H. Goddard
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Robert H. Goddard

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Summer of self inflicted pain

This coding business is soooo much harder than I had anticipated. It has taken every inch of restraint not to throw my laptop out of the window.

All the websites and blogs and articles talk about the benefits of being able to code and how anyone can pick it up and blah, blah, blah. I myself was sucked in by the amazing possibilities that being able to code would bring me but now I wish I never heard of it.

Okay, not really, I’m exaggerating greatly, but it is significantly more difficult than I thought. It requires my full attention and even after hours of trying things and Googling, not much progress has been made. It took me three days to make a header where things were in one line, and as it is, I’m not sure how well it would work with a different screen size.

If I didn’t appreciated Google before (which I did) I appreciated it 1000 times more now. As well as Stack Overflow where people seem to have already asked and answered my questions, although a more complex version of them.

From this past week’s experience and talking to my dad I realised I really need to make sure my foundation is solid. So before I continue with this “theme”, I need to know HTML and CSS like I know my favourite TV characters.

Caroline Herschel
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Caroline Herschel

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huffingtonpost:

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(Source: youtube.com, via youtubenutcase)

Summer of Code

The longest summer holiday I’ll ever have is well under way and I want to use this summer to learn a few programming languages and Blender.

I want to be able to use HTML and CSS relatively well so that I can make a few Tumblr themes. I also want to get a good start on Python. And if time allows, Java too.

At least that was my plan, until I spent over six hours trying to make a Tumblr theme.

General Assembly’s Tumblr tutorial was fantastic and after completing all the lessons I began editing the code slightly to suit what I wanted.

Did I upload each change as I went along?

No.

I was so optimistic that it would turn out alright I just went full steam ahead. So by the time I uploaded it, it was impossible to figure out where I went wrong.

To add insult to injury, I didn’t just edit the General Assembly tutorial code, no; I added bits from other themes. In hindsight (yes, it has been less than an hour but I’m wiser now) I realise this was a stupid idea but at the time I really did think I was being ingenious.

My blog ended up looking like this;

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In attempt to salvage my work, I tried to delete the bits added from looking at other themes. Long story short, my blog turned into this;

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I seriously underestimated the difficulty in making a theme. As a result of this realisation, I think my Summer goals may be a tad ambitious. If I can make at least one theme though, I’ll be happy.