The current issue of South Bay Accent magazine features an article about robitics programs across the Bay Area. For her article, writer Julie Vallone interviewed Notre Dame senior Yashna Bansal, Notre Dame Robotics Team captain and Marta Carrillo.
IN HER FRESHMAN YEAR OF HIGH SCHOOL, Yashna Bansal fell in love-not with a person, but with a robot, or more specifically, with a robotics club. It happened at her first school robotics competition. , "The moment I saw the robot on the field, along with people interacting with each other and having so much fun, I wanted to be a part of that process, and be a part of the team that made that robot possible," she recalls., Bansal, now a senior at Notre Dame, an all-girls private high school in San Jose, admits that she had no real interest in robotics when she joined her school's club that year. She tried it out mainly at the urging of her parents and in support of a friend who didn't want to join alone. But once she got there and experienced what it was like to build robots as part of a competitive team, she was hooked. Today, she's the team captain.