I'm currently entering my second year at university and I'm a computer science major. I did 4 years of FIRST Robotics FRC in high school, where I learned how to program robots using a visual based language called LabVIEW. Through my university classes, I've had about 9 months education/experience with C++ and 5 or so months with UNIX and shell scripting concepts.
In February or so I was invited by a fellow classmate to join a research project he was a part of, and I've taught myself some basic electrical stuff (working within the Raspberry Pi ecosystem) and also have been teaching myself python through online courses to be able to program electronics and a desktop GUI for the project. In the future I will also teach myself mobile programming and the relevant "communications w/ a Raspberry Pi" stuff for that.
I'm wanting to write a resume, not necessarily for a specific job coming up but just since that's something that's nice to create and continue updating so you have it when the need arises.
I want to add these research experiences to my resume, but I don't know how to word it positively. Obviously it reflects well that I took and continue to take initiative to learn things (especially in the field of programming), but a lot of times in the research project I feel like "I don't know what I'm doing, but I can probably figure it out if you give me some time" and I feel like that is concerning for an employer to hear. Like, wouldn't it reflect poorly for me to emphasize that I am/was unqualified for certain things, even if I'm usually able to google until I sort it out? Is it concerning that all my python and electronics knowledge is "self-taught," meaning it might not be of some standardized quality? How do I emphasize my growth out of incompetence without coming off as still incompetent? Am I worried about something that's a non-issue?