Originally published in The Ahwatukee Foothill News – November 28, 2018
As a high school student, I recognize that the demands of our world are changing as we increasingly rely on technology. Thanks to the career readiness classes I’m taking at my online high school, Arizona Virtual Academy (AZVA), I feel confident that I’m ready to meet these demands as a future engineer.
The classes I’m taking expose me to computer programming and give me meaningful first-hand experiences. I use my skills from CAD drawing class to both design and build the robots I’m utilizing in competitions. By designing the robot myself, I have a better understanding of how it’ll work, and it will impress the judges when they find out my team built the entire system. Taking these classes through my online school gives me more time to be involved with extracurricular activities like robotics, while still providing me with a strong education.
The opportunity to discover and focus on my passion for engineering at a young age is something I’m truly thankful for. Now that I have these skills, I know that I’m prepared for a successful future and I’ll be able to stand out in our tech-savvy world.
– Madeline Badger
To learn more about Arizona Virtual Academy, visit https://azva.k12.com/