I started my internship at Robot Playtime on August 2nd, immediately I met a fellow SHAD and discovered that we would be working together for the month. The staff of Robot Playtime are very kind, dedicated and passionate about robots. They were very encouraging, answered any questions and taught us so many things. Robot Playtime is a startup company that produces robot kits and they have a huge emphasis on teaching kids how to program and the fundamentals of robotics. Robot Playtime uses smartphones and tablets as a method of programming your own interactive and affordable robot. Working at a startup was very informative and was relatable to the DE (design + entrepreneurship) project at SHAD.
Everyday was very unpredictable and a surprise. Working at Robot Playtime gave me so many different opportunities to explore many different aspects of a startup such as programming, debugging and fixing their code, building and fixing robots, recording tutorial videos, and helping out at a workshop. Through building and fixing robot kits, I learned so much about the circuitry and the hardware of the robot. I learned a lot about app development and web design through debugging their code.
Working at a startup company has many benefits, such as being able to implement your ideas into the product and seeing the development cycle. I had very flexible hours and since there was always so much work to do at a startup, I can choose what task I wanted to work on. The huge difference between school and this internship was the way that you think and problem solve. At school it is more memorizing information, while at an internship you find resources that help you make an informed decision to solve a problem.
Overall, working at an internship was an enriching and unforgettable experience. Now that the month is over, I am going to miss the wild life of a startup company. Robot Playtime was definitely the best company to intern for.