Massachusetts Institute of Technology
My name is Carrine Johnson and I am from Rancho Palos Verdes, California. I recently graduated from Palos Verdes Peninsula High. I was first exposed to physics the summer before my junior year. During the summer program I studied Newtonian physics and found it to be very interesting. Using the principles I learned, I assembled a winning catapult with my team. While in high school I pursued my interest in physics by taking both Physics B AP and Physics C AP. I also got involved with my schools FIRST Robotics Team. I was amazed to see all the physics principles we could apply to robotics. Eventually I became the team captain of the Robotics Team. The previous summer I interned at NASAs Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena and will be interning there this summer working on the All Terrain Hex-Limbed Extra Terrestrial Explorer (ATHLETE). In the fall I will attend MIT where I hope to continue combining my love of physics with robotics. After I graduate I hope to return to NASA and begin a career there.