I was born and raised in Thousand Oaks, and am now in my 4th year at Cal Poly studying computer science. I was studying Biochemistry my 2.5 years, so if o-chem excites you then we should be good friends. I got into coding by doing chemistry research at Cal Poly actually – we were using jupyter notebooks to make sense of our enzyme data, and I got hooked and changed my major the next quarter.
I love to be outdoors, try new things, and goof around with people. I’m kind of an exercise junkie (my favorites are running, swimming, and crossfit-y stuff) and have been surfing most of my life. I’ve also been an ocean lifeguard for 5 years around the leo carrillo area if you’re familiar with it, and have worked at oceano dunes a little.
I’m really passionate about addressing climate change, I think it’s the most important issue of our time and I see it as an amazing opportunity for our generation to come together and do something important and long-lasting. Addressing climate change is at the heart of iFixit’s mission, and that’s one of the main reasons I’m here.
And I love to build things! Growing up I made and repaired surfboards, hand-planes, skateboards, home improvement projects, RC cars, and who didn’t enjoy a good lego kit. Life gets busy as we get older, but I try to fan the flame of that childhood creativity and imagination when I get the chance.
Answer to "Will opening it up make it not waterproof?"While one can never guarantee the water resistance of electronics after disassembly, you should be ok as long as you put it back together before you expose it to water! By ‘open it up’, I assume you mean disassembling the device as opposed to opening the SD card / battery port. iFixit has a page for this device that links to several repair guides that will take you through step by step disassembly. Looks like people have done all sorts of things, including removing the motherboard! If you are talking about simply opening the SD / battery port, you should definitely not do that while there is any water on the device. This device is rated at waterproof grade 8 (IPX8), and is capable of shooting underwater at 10m for 60 minutes (see the manual, page 27). Have fun out there!