Kimberly Radecki is the kind of kid who makes an impression pretty quickly.
“The eighth-grade teachers chose her (as someone to spotlight the school), and they didn’t even know her for very long,” said Principal Tammy Leib, of Belle Valley School.
Her new math team teacher picked up on that pretty quickly, too.
“She’s very intelligent. I’ll give her problems in math. I’ll try to challenge her, and I’ll have to go even deeper,” said teacher Lisa Kowalski. “She’s very humble about her gifts.”
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Kimberly, an eighth-grader at the school, is considering a future in programming. She gave up the trumpet after two years and band class in order to take Belle Valley’s Robotics Class, where they will compete against other middle schools as well as high schools.
Q: What is a robotics competition?
A: “It’s called First Tech Challenge, for middle and high school students. We did it last year. We were doing pretty good until the robot stopped working, one of the wires (loosened).”
Q: What will you do this year on the robotics team?
A: “I’m going to do programming. You have to tell the robot what to do when a person pushes the buttons. We’re using MIT App inventor.”
Q: How long will it take to build?
A: “The competition is in January, I think. We haven’t gotten the challenge yet. We meet every school day, and sometimes after school.”
Q: What do you like about math?
A: “I just like math. My brother’s really good at math and most of the games we come up with have math involved in them. Weird games, some of them are off the Internet.”
Meet Kimberly Radecki
- Age: 13
- Family: Parents Sharon and John, brother, Joseph
- Now reading: “Guardians of Ga’Hoole” series
- Pets: None. “But I want a dog,” she says.
- Hobbies: Reading and listening to the radio, mostly pop and sometimes country music
- Future career: Video game programmer
- Favorite class: Math
- Least favorite schoolwork: Writing