An Interview with Ms. Trombetta

By Divya Bhardwaj and Lila Williams

Ms. Trombetta is the robotics mentor and an eighth grade science teacher. We decided to interview her to find out more about her and the program.

1. When did you first know that you wanted to be a science teacher?

In college at John Carroll, I spent a lot of time tutoring freshman for biology, I enjoyed it a lot, and the students said I did a good job.

2. Why do you like science?

It is fascinating to think about how much we have learned about how the world works.

3. What college did you go to, and what did you major in?

I went to John Carroll. I majored in biology, and I was premed.

4. How did you get interested in robotics?

I actually didn’t have any interest in robotics. I joined because they needed help, then it grew on me. I was very impressed by it. I love robotics program not the field

5. What is your favorite aspect of robotics?

I like hearing the students explain technical parts of a robot to other people. It’s fun to see the looks on people’s faces because they didn’t expect girls to be so smart.

6. How long have you been the robotics mentor and how long do you plan to do it?

Since 2011, so it is my eighth year, and it is actually my last year.

7. How much time does it take up to go to all the robotics events, how does it affect schoolwork, how big a part of your life does robotics become if you choose to do it?

It depends on how involved you want to be. Some people go above and beyond, it is their thing. Others just come when they can and attend competitions.

8. If you had to choose only one, would you be the robotics mentor or a science teacher.

I would choose to be the science teacher.

9. Do your close friends and family also have a shared love for robotics?

My friends don’t really care, but my family comes to competitions, and my nephews especially like to come.

10. What are 3 words that come to mind when you think of robotics?

Impressive, intense, and fun.

Mrs. Trombetta described Robotics as a very fun hobby and rewarding after school activity. If you have any interest in Robotics, consider joining!

*this interview has been edited and revised