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Hello everyone. I am a junior in high school, and I have always been fascinated by robotics. I was in this small little robotics program in my elementary school and I fell in love with it. However, I stopped pursuing it in middle school after I didn’t get into my schools robotics program. But I really want to get into it now, especially considering I am heavily interested in pursuing engineering in college. My high school robotics team (which I would have set my sights on earlier, but they’re weirdly secretive and separated from other school clubs) requires experience programming in C++ or assembling robots to join, which I don’t have. I have decided that the best way to go about starting would be personal robotics projects.
I have this one idea that, although I don’t want to get too into detail with here, is really cool and I really want to pursue it. Albeit, it seems to be a pretty advanced project if I am going to make it as I want to make it. I have a good idea of how it would function and the steps I would need to take to get there, but what I lack is the experience or knowledge to actually make it happen. I know that I would need to become proficient in a coding language, which I would have to sink a good few months into plus experience. I would need to understand electronics, develop soldering skills, and also learn the process of actually building the thing. I understand that generally, learning robotics is a slow process, usually built upon smaller more basic projects. But I really want to get into this ASAP, and I’m worried that this would be a much slower process. But at the same time, idk of just learning the hard skills for months is the best way to go into this.
TLDR: I really want to get into this somewhat advanced, somewhat possibly out of my reach project ASAP, but I have absolutely no prior robotics experience, and I’m planning on just grinding to learn the coding, electronics, and building skills for months to get to where I need to be to make this particular idea real. But I’m not sure if this is the best way to learn robotics.
Any advice is appreciated, thanks