About Me
My Story
Hi! My name is Adam Abbas, I'm 16 and a junior at Stuyvesant High School. I was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY and live with my parents and little brother. I've always been attracted to the maker culture, being fascinated with anything that moved and with how things work. I was introduced to programming in 7th grade, and haven't stopped learning since. I'm fluent in Propeller-C, Python, HTML and CSS, and Java; with a basic understanding of Javascript, and Ruby. In 9th grade I joined my school's robotics teams, and found out how great the world of mechanical engineering was. Since then I've built countless circuits, tons of robots and experimented with electronics at home. I founded Kinet-X, a tech education startup, in my sophomore year and continue to passionately teach and inspire middle schoolers. When I'm free, I enjoy reading, wrestling, and baking! My biggest goal in life is to make a difference, to change the lives of more than just those around me, which I hope I'm well on my way to doing, a goal that can only be accomplished one step at a time.





Education

High School: Stuyvesant
I attended high school at Stuyvesant High School. Here was where my love and knowledge of STEM really grew, where I began to work with circuitry and expand my knowledge of code. At Stuy I:
  • Was a member of one of our robotics teams: helping us win #1 in New York my first year and serving as Vice President one year, and Head of Engineering the next
  • Began as a member of the Board of Elections, helping organize and manage school elections, and soon assumed the position of Chair
  • Started Kinet-X, a tech education startup aimed at teaching and inspiring middle school students
  • Joined the Young Hackers, a group that aims to bring computer science oppurtunites to those that don't have access to it, and diversify the tech industry, and served as their Director of Community Outreach and Head of Web Development.
  • Worked on the Speaker Relations team at Ted-X Stuyvesant
  • Joined the wrestling team in my Junior Year, winning second in Manhattan in my first year and serving as Team Captain for my Senior year
Middle School: Mark Twain
I attended middle school at Mark Twain Intermediate School for the Gifted and Talented studying Computer/Math. It was here that I first learned to code, among everything else. At Mark Twain I:
  • Was invited into the National Junior Honor Society two years in a row
  • Participated in the school's robotics team, competing in the Future City challenge- winning "Most Creative Transportation" in my second year.
  • Served as the school's tech expert and graphic designer: making backdrops, presentations and helping with tech support
  • Served as the 8th grade Student Body Vice President
Skills


Engineering
I have plenty of experience in the engineering world, ranging from building robots to making circuitry prrojects. I've built and programmed several robots, made fun glasses attachments (flashlight, colorful LEDs), built an alarm clock that plugs into my speaker system and designed a camera glove- to list some of my projects. Making a successful circuit is one of my favorite pasttimes- and the one I find the most rewarding
Programming
Programming to me is more of a hobby and useful skill, and a fun one at that! I started off learning basic python, html and css and only grew from there. I took courses to further my knowledge of python- learning how to manipulate and analyze data in the process- and basic javascript. My webdev skillset grew through practice and experience, as my ability to understand and explain code. I am currently the Lead Programming Curriculum Developer at Kinet-X
Leadership
I've always believed in the fact that a team is greater than the sum of it's individual members. We live in a time where working together is the key to solving our problems, and if you can't work in a team you can't work. I've held several leadership positions, ranging from student government to team positions, and pride myself on being an outgoing, approachable person. Given a group of people, I'm confident I have the abillity to work with or for them to produce something great