Computer science and web development
Dates: July 20-31, 2015
Some might call us nerds or geeks. They may be right, but we are also wizards. We write complicated spells in languages held universally true. We spend hours in front of our digital grimoires carefully crafting large sets of mystic words and symbols to accomplish amazing feats. We test them extensively at each stage of the development process (and add semicolons where needed) until we develop the perfect tool, the perfect incantation, to solve the world’s problems. The keyboard is mightier than the sword, and from behind the scenes we use ours to benefit mankind.
Baxter comes from Tununak, a village with a population of about 350 people and is located on the coast of Southwest Alaska. He graduated from Mt. Edgecumbe High School and has been a part of ASRA since 2008. He has participated in several ASRA modules, including Extreme Photography, Robotics, and Earth and Space Science. He was an intern for the Smart Circuits module in 2012, and an assistant instructor for that module in 2013 and 2014. Currently, Baxter is pursuing two degrees at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and a Bachelor of Arts in Yup'ik. "Bax" has plenty of interests, including computer programming, hunting, fishing, basketball, and photography. He is always eager to learn and teach!
Jasper Holton was born and raised in Fairbanks and is a student at West Valley High School. He has been involved with robotics since he was seven years old. He has participated in the ASRA Jr. and ASRA robotics modules for several years. He keeps himself busy with skiing, running, and science. Jasper greatly enjoys programming and robotics, and is a developer for both Apple and Android. His other interests include computer science, mechanical engineering, mathematics and explosives. Jasper hopes to make ASRA more interesting and challenging for students this summer, and hopes to open their eyes to how amazing the world of robotics and computer science really is.