A week in the life of an 18-year-old robotics engineer from Japan


It’s building season for 18-year-old Kanon and her robotics team in Japan, which means lots of late nights and plenty of snacks.

Since graduating high school last month, Kanon has spent most of her time building robots (19 hours a day, to be precise), competing in robotics championships — and winning them. Her team, Sakura Tempesta, recently received the Chairman's Award at FIRST Robotics Regional Competition in Hawaii and qualified to compete at the world championship.

Kanon’s passion for robotics is matched only by her love for Harry Potter. A self-proclaimed Potterhead, Kanon’s hobbies include rereading the books, rewatching the movies and collecting Harry Potter-themed gear.

In Roll Call, Kanon shares how she got into building robots and what her typical week looks like.


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Kanon Nakajima is an 18-year-old robotics engineer from Japan. She loves Harry Potter and the wizarding world — her dream job is becoming a magizoologist (someone who studies magical creatures).