Student Profile: Rey Barragan

11th grade Engineering Student

Leake County Career and Technical Center


How did you become interested in engineering? 

When I was in fifth grade, I was bullied at school. I discovered a First Lego League robotics team, and I joined the team to try something new and meet new people. After a while, I realized that I was great at it and decided to make robotics part of my life.


How has CTE changed your educational experience or influenced your future path?

CTE has taught me how to solve challenging problems with the experience that I have gained. It gave me the opportunity to see if [engineering] is what I want to pursue in the future.


What is your favorite experience in your CTE class?

My favorite experience in my class was when we had a bridge-design competition. After everybody completed their assignment, we added weights to the bridges to see whose bridge was the strongest. As I added weights to my bridge, it collapsed instantly. This showed me how I can learn from my mistakes and go on to create a better design.


What do you like to do in your spare time?

I like to build my competition robot for Vex Robotics because it helps me learn how to solve robotics problems.


What would you say to another student who is considering taking a CTE class?

I would encourage students to take a CTE class that they are interested in because it can help them find out if that is what they want to do in the future. Many of the CTE classes include hands-on assignments that are fun to do and build experience for your future.


What accomplishment are you most proud of as a student?

Recently our robotics team won first place at the state championship in Vicksburg and qualified for the world championship that is held in Louisville, KY.


What are your future goals/plans?

My goal is to become a robotics engineer. I want to pursue robotics to help people with everyday situations.


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