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Kunal Botla

ABOUT ME

I am a student at Lexington High School who is interested in technology and current events. I primarily know Swift, but I also know other programming languages. I am currently part of a robotics team at Lincoln Labs and part of the LHS debate team along with the many projects I have been working on.

EDUCATION

Lexington High School (Lexington, MA)

2019 – 2023 (Current) | High School

Acera School (Winchester, MA)

2013 – 2019 | Elementary & Middle School

Shishu Bharathi (Lexington, MA)

2011 – 2019 | Indian Language & Culture School

INVOLVEMENTS

Project Boom

May 2020 – Present | Founder and Director

More to be added soon...

FTC Team 7297 LiMITless

September 2019 – Present | Software Development & Design

I am part of one of the two FTC robotics teams at Lincoln Labs. In the team, we build a robot to accomplish a challenge in the best way possible. This year the challenge included elements that required it to be able to lift and stack block while also being able to shrink into a compact package to follow the guidelines and get the most points. On the team, I worked on all the elements of the robot but primarily worked on the software and motor control systems of the robot.

Lexington High School Robotics Club

September 2019 – Present | Club Member

In the LHS Robotics Club, I am part of the required beginner team that is required to go to higher levels.

Lexington High School Photography Club

September 2019 – Present | Club Member & Leader (Starting in the 2020 Academic Year)

Since September 2019, I have been part of the LHS Photography Club in which we share photos we took within the group and beyond through the club's website and social media. We also plan and go to places as a group to take pictures. Recently, I was offered the opportunity to become one of the club leaders for next year and be a bigger part of the planning.

Lexington High School Debate Team

August 2019 – Present | Public Forum Debater

Since debating in public forum as part of the LHS Debate Team I have gotten to develop on the skills that I obtained from debating at Acera. I have debated in both novice and varsity divisions. By practicing more and debating more frequently I have been able to do much better than previously. Debate is something I plan to continue during the coming years of high school.

2020 Harvard Invitational

2020 Lexington Winter Invitational

2019 The Princeton Classic

2019 Little Lexington (MA State Qualification)

2019 The Scarsdale Invitational

2019 Tim Averill Invitational

Infinite Analytics, Inc.

May 2019 – Present | Intern

Since May 2019, I have been an intern for Infinite Analytics primarily working on website maintenance and more recently, the development and content to display on a new website.

Library Leadership Council

January 2019 – Present | Member

At the Cary Memorial Library in Lexington, I am part of the Library Leadership Club which plans, sets up, and runs events and programs for the general community of Lexington.

MIT Blueprint

February 2020 | Participant

Details to be added...

Acera Yearbook Team

May – June 2019 | Member

In my 8th grade year at Acera, I was part of the yearbook team. I mainly managed the elements of the yearbook and worked on collecting images from all the different teachers and other sources.

Acera Student Outreach Team

March 2019 – June 2019 | Member

Towards the end of my 8th-grade year at Acera, I was offered to join a newly formed formal outreach team as part of Acera's links to other communities.

March 2019 - Cambridge Youth Programs Food Science Cafe

April 2019 - Acera at the Cambridge Science Festival Carnival & Robot Zoo

Acera Pizza Team

September 2018 – June 2019 | Main Leader

For lunch every Friday at Acera a group of students managed serving pizza to the other students. I was part of the team for my 8th-grade yeah at Acera and was the main person who managed it. I changed the system to be one that could be repeated every year without much change. I also documented everything and automated most of the simple tasks like calculating how much and the cost of pizza.

Acera Student Technology Team

September 2015 – June 2019 | Chosen Member

For 4 of my years at Acera, I was part of the student tech team to learn about technology and be involved in the technology systems at Acera. As part of it, we helped others in the school based on what we knew and we able to learn.

Scratch Day 2019 @ MIT Media Lab

May 2019 | Volunteer

At Scratch Day @ MIT 2019, I helped with running the event on the day of mainly running one of the stations where people could be introduced to Scratch programing and make a graphic design.

Acera Fall 2018 Innovator Symposium

October 2018 | Co-facilitator

In October 2018, I helped run the Fall Innovator Symposium by helping set up and helping presenters at the event.

Acera Debate Team/Club

September 2016 – June 2018 | Public Forum Debater & Team Member

At Acera as part of the debate team, we got to learn about significant current events and different prospectives held by people. As part of this, we also got to debate in novice divisions of high school debate tournaments in Massachusetts.

2018 March Merryness

2017 Little Lexington

2017 Harvard National Forensics Tournament

2016 Little Lexington

Scratch Day 2018 @ MIT Media Lab

May 2018 | Volunteer

At Scratch Day @ MIT 2018, I helped with running the event on the day of.

Scratch Day 2017 @ MIT Media Lab

May 2017 | Volunteer

At Scratch Day @ MIT 2017, I helped with running one of the stations being run.

Scratch Workshop

December 2016

In December 2016, the friend and I that ran the weekly workshop were asked to run a lesson on Scratch programming at an event that was being hosted.

Tech Workshop

May 2016 – June 2016

From May to June 2016, a friend and I ran weekly workshops to teach kids about different technologies. We taught them about Scratch programming, how motors work, and basic electrical circuits.

PROJECTS

A Banking App

Since Late 2019 | Swift / Plaid API

Recently, I have been working on an app in Swift that will let you see all of your finances in one place using Plaid API.

Logo for 7297 LiMITless

2020 | Sketch & HTML

This is the logo that I made using Sketch for my FTC robotics team, 7297 LiMITless.

Building a Drone

September 2018 - June 2019

For my 8th-grade Inquiry Maker Passion Project (IMP Project), I designed and built a drone from scratch. I got to learn about the mechanics of the drone and how it worked. Throughout the process, there were many hurdles in both software and hardware.

Debate Timer

Since 2017 | Swift

In 2017, I decided to make an app to make keeping track of time in debate rounds easier. Instead of having to keep track of numbers by writing it down the app would keep track on its own.

History of England

January 2019 - June 2019 | HTML & CSS

As part of the Written History of England elective at Acera, everyone produced original written pieces that were compiled into a website that I helped transfer data to and an eBook that I fully managed along with a website I built to distribute it.

FoodSearch

April 2019 | Swift & Realm Databases

For my 8th grade Acera STEAM Symposium project, I made an app using Swift and Realm Databases that allows you to search the USDA's food database and find food with the nutrients you are looking for.

Token

2018 | Swift

To learn more about Swift, I made an app that would let you time your parking meter and save the location of your car.

US Constitution

Since 2019 | HTML & text formating

For a US government elective in 6th-grade, I made a website to format the US Constitution so that we would be able to search it be able to quickly find what we needed.

Pong

2017 | Swift

For my Acera STEAM Symposium project in 6th-grade, I decided to make a Swift app emulating the classic game Pong to learn about Swift and learn how to use it.

Acera 360˚ Video Tour

2016 - 2017 | Video & Audio in Virtual Reality

For my 6th-grade Inquiry Maker Passion Project (IMP Project), a classmate and I made a video tour of the school using a 360˚ camera so every angle could be seen. Throughout the process, we got to learn about planning, recording, and editing content for VR to ensure that the experience was lifelike.

SKILLS

Swift

I have been learning Swift since the fall of 2016 when the heavily revised Swift 3 was introduced. I have been working on projects with Swift since then and I plan on continuing to build projects with and learn Swift.

  • Xcode
  • iOS Apps
  • macOS Apps

Computer & Mobile Repair

I have been repairing electronics since September 2015 when I joined the tech team at Acera and I have continued this after graduating from Acera.

  • iPhone
  • Mac
  • Phones
  • Computers

Tennis

I have been playing tennis since the beginning of 2017.

Other

  • HTML
  • Git
  • WordPress
  • Sketch
  • UI Design
  • Scratch
  • Python
  • Arduino