Sorry it's been a while since I've posted on these forums. I'd like to become a more active member of this community but I haven't had much time lately. Maybe now I will that schools out.
I'm about to enter my senior year in high school and that means it's time to apply to college. I'd really like to go to Worcester Polytechnic Institute - http://www.wpi.edu
- and major in robotics engineering. It would be a dream come true for me as I'd be the first in my family to go to college and I'd be doing something I've wanted to do since kindergarten.
Anyway, WPI is test-optional. That means that instead of taking the SAT's I can submit alternative materials via WPI's Flexpath program.
"If you don't feel spending four hours on a Sunday morning is a good representation of your academic ability, we won't hold you to that." -WPI representative
. Don't get me wrong, I think my SAT score is high enough to get me in, I just want to be sure. So... That's why I've decided to design, build, and program ...something... and continually log my progress. Then submit the log filled with pictures, schematics, designs, ect. to WPI. I figure the best way to make an impression would be to show them I already know what I'm doing.
So what I need is a "something." Something the college admissions office would be impressed with. I am willing to spend anywhere between $300-$1000 on whatever it is and have the next three months to work on it. I would like it to serve some purpose or real-world application. It doesn't have to be the next revolution in particle robotic propulsion, but it should be able to do something useful. It doesn't even have to be a robot per say, just something in electronics that would look impressive coming from a high school student. Please, I've scoured the internet for what seems like months trying to think of something. ANY advice would be amazingly useful.
Thanks so much in advance. I've learned so much from this place and can't imagine where I'd be without it. Stumbling onto this site was a dream come true. I've been fighting for opportunities my whole life and this place has given me so much. I love this place, I will probably never leave it, and can think of no better community to go to for help (something I absolutely hate asking for).