Internship at Google!

Yaya Lu at Google internship

I can't write about what I was doing at Google, because we had to sign a non-disclosure agreement, but I had a fabulous time. It is no wonder Google is rated as the best place in the world to work. Google has incredible benefits for Googlers. If you ever get a chance to work at Google, jump at the opportunity!

Back in Tasmania.

Yaya Lu in snow at beautiful Mount wellington park

We only get snow at my Hobart home once every 2 - 3 years, and I was home for this snow fall. We went up to Mt. Wellington. This is the start of the Fern Glade walking track that winds around one part of this beautiful mountain reserve.


Snow is heavy on these examples of Sir David Attenborough's favourite plant. He has one of these botanically ancient Tasmanian manferns growing beside his front door.


The snow did not help the solar panels that day!

Snow on road from Mount Wellington Tasmania

The road was made a bit slippery by snow, but the road led...


past someone's idea of Utopia, down to...

Yaya's version of almost Utopia the Tasmanian Gingerbread factory

my version of Utopia - well, almost :-)  - the Tasmanian Gingerbread Factory. Yum!

Back in Canberra

As well as my studies, I tutored some subjects at the ANU again this year, and was included as one of the Bachelor of Software Engineering students featured in the ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science web page.

LEGO MindStorms EV3 Robotics Courses - 12,500 students

I first started helping students at one of Tasmania's oldest Primary Schools (Bellerive, established 1842) learn robotics in 2009, and later assisted my mentor in Adult Education Parent/Child and other robotics classes. In all of these we assisted on a voluntary basis. I enjoyed these sessions, and felt good that I was helping students and paying back and spreading some of the good luck I have been fortunate enough to have had with robotics. My Mum, my mentor and I put a free LEGO EV3 course online, and it has continued to grow. Fun with LEGO MindStorms EV3 Robotics for Absolute Beginners on the Udemy website has now had over 12,500 students - over 500 times the number of students we had in a class in Tasmania. Videos including our YouTube LEGO EV3 Tutorial Playlist for Beginners have had over 685,000 views! It is marvelous that we can use the Internet to help so many students worldwide learn about robotics and engineering. Feels so good... - Some of my robots - 2017