Hello! My name is Joshua Federman and I am a Computer Science major in my junior year. I grew up in New York before moving to Florida in 8th grade. I went to Oviedo High School for all four years. I am currently working as a research assistant in the Immerse Lab at UCF for Dr. Bohil, in which my area of focus is augmented reality and how we can use AR headsets in intense situations such as a fire. When I’m not doing schoolwork, I enjoy weightlifting at the gym, going out to eat with friends, and gaming.
One of the main reasons I chose to become a STEM Ambassador was that I was a guide for High School students at UCF for various activities, in which I would sit in and watch fellow students and faculty show off what they know and do interesting demos for the students. This inspired me to apply, as I wanted to experience being the one that puts in the work to create an interesting learning experience that could potentially have a major impact on the students.
There’s a lyric that I like to think of when schoolwork is getting tough from the song “Tubthumping” by Chumbawumba: “I get knocked down, but I get up again, you are never gonna keep me down.” This lyric is the idea of my advice to all students, whether they want to get involved in STEM or not. It doesn’t matter if you fail at something the first or second or third time; what matters is how you respond and how you learn to adapt. By living by this ideology, I find no task is too difficult.