I am super excited because I figured out the answer to my question about how to offer back to the community around me: I decided to join UTFIRST and UofT’s Robotics Club. The teams that seem to interest me the most in that club are the Autonomous Rover team and the Soccer Robots team; both of them will participate in competitions around June 2009. UTFIRST is a program that connects university students who might know a thing or two about engineering/science with high school students who will be preparing for their own competitions in May. If everything goes well, I am going to learn about embedded systems and AI and be a mentor for high school students. W00t!
On a similar note, today I attended a presentation given by Raffaello D’Andrea here at UofT. Perhaps you have seen his robotic chair, or heard of his achievements at RoboCup. His work combines engineering, computer science, mathematics and physics… ah ETH Zurich, you are a very lucky university.