Delphinus Software Engineer Zack Herbst’s dedication to developing lifesaving technology does not end when he walks out the office door each night. Rather Zack spends his free time mentoring the next generation of scientists, engineers and mathematicians that will carry on the tradition of developing new technologies and finding scientific breakthroughs to improve life and the world around us.
Zack volunteers with FIRST, an organization that is dedicated to inspiring high, middle, and elementary school students about the wonders of engineering and encouraging them to actively pursue STEM fields (STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics).
“I heard about FIRST back when I was in elementary school. My 5th grade teacher made us all participate in FIRST Lego League and I continued to do that through middle school. When I hit high school I decided to join the FIRST Robotics Competition high school team, and was on that for all 4 years of high school and is a large part of the reason I decided to pursue a career in computer programming,” said Herbst.
He said he decided to start mentoring a team because he wanted to introduce the fun and real satisfaction of engineering to high schoolers and loves to see them generate ideas and build a whole working robot, essentially creating something from nothing in only 6 weeks.
“Getting to work with and train the engineers of the future, with those that will change the world for the better, it makes all the stress and late nights worth it,” he emphasized.
Herbst’s team, Frog Force, has been working on designing and building their robot for the past six weeks and they are ready to compete in FIRST Robotics Competitions will take place across the state from March through April.
We wish Zack and the Frog Force team the best of luck and much success in their competitions!