English, Period 5
September 21, 2008
For as long as I can remember, electronics and technology have fascinated me. Every time I see new technologies, I try to understand every aspect of how they work and usually try to find a way to study and use them.
I have been this way all of my life and my proclivity for such things started at an early age. When I was four years old I was playing in the den of our house and began wondering how the television set worked. I had gotten hold of one of my father’s screwdrivers and began removing the casing of the television to get a look inside and see how it worked. Soon my father came into the room and found that I had nearly completely disassembled the entire set, and its components were scattered all over the floor in front of me. Needless to say he was upset! He decided to not try to fix it then, but would wait. In the meantime I tried to put it back together myself to try and make it up to him. When I had finished it Dad discovered that I had left out two or three components and doubted that the set would ever work again. To our surprise I plugged it in and turned it on and found that it worked almost as well as before.
Since then I have spent much of my time experimenting with everything I could, most of which involved taking many of my parents’ household appliances apart which, needless to say, has not made them too happy. But they indulge me in much of this because they know that I learn from most of it.
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When I was much younger they had to watch me closely, especially when we went out, because I had developed a tendency to wander away from them whenever I saw something that sparked my curiosity, whether it was a copy machine or computer. One example of this was when I was five and we were visiting a Blockbuster video store. As soon as my mother turned her back I took the opportunity to find and ‘play’ with all of the VCRs they had on display. I simply had to press all the buttons and learn as much as I could about how they worked!
I got to be such a handful as a small child that my parents had to resort to extremes to contain me. When I was a toddler they had to lock the front gate to the yard but it only took me a few minutes to learn how to open the lock (Dad said I did it with a roofing nail I found).
They even had to put me on a leash for a while to keep me from wandering away.
My fascination with technology has proven to be useful however since I can fix my dad’s computer and other stuff for him, and it has even led to a couple of inventions. One of these was my dad’s idea. When he was watching a national Geographic special he wondered how they attracted so many fish to photograph and he called them. He learned that they use electronic ‘fish callers’ which generate a noise that sounds like a fish in distress. He also learned that the sound was not patented, and told me about it. I was fascinated with this and designed a small electronic circuit that generates a sound that, when passed through glass, has the same effect of attracting fish. To the human ear it sounds like a clicking sound but fish think it is the sound of another fish dying and are attracted to it looking for food. My dad, being a Doctor of engineering helped me work out the bugs and we developed a circuit about the size of spool of thread which can be hung from a boat or pier, or placed in as little as two inches of water and will attract fish from up to a half a mile away in lakes or one quarter mile in rivers and lakes. We patented it and called it ‘PJ’s Electronic Fish Bait’ and it was advertised on KWGN TV in Denver, Colorado. We have since sold several thousand units.
On May 22, 1994 it was my ninth birthday. My mom and dad decided to go on a cruise to the Bahamas. We went on one of the Carnival cruise ships. This boat was the biggest boats I ever saw. When we rushed to get on the cruise ship I saw that there were so many rooms and shops. My favorite room was the Game room, when I entered the game room there were so many games and seemed like there were ...
Soon my dad and I were experimenting with a circuit that we designed to be placed in a birdhouse and it calls birds. An adjustable rheostat makes it possible to duplicate several different bird calls. We are also working on a flower pot that lights up when it is time to water the plants.
Because of my fascination with such things my family calls me “Edison”, obviously after Thomas Alva Edison ( dad says Edison, with a capital E and that rhymes with T and that stands for Trouble!), and they still get exasperated with me for always wanting to ‘improve’ or re-invent many of the things in our home.
As I have gotten older this fascination with technology has only gotten stronger and I now find myself drawn to computers. I took third place in web development in SkillsUSA last year, and my goal is to earn a doctorate degree in computer technology and perhaps become a technology teacher, preferably at the high school level. I would also like to be a software and database developer.
I think it would be great to attend the Massachusetts Institute of Technology or a comparable school. In fact, it would not only be great, but I would consider it a dream come true to attend MIT!