We asked the FIRST Teams to write in about their mentors in anticipation of National Mentor Day. Here is what FIRST Team 4057, 2898, 3131, & 2002 wrote:
Words cannot even begin to express how much we love our mentors here on team 4057. Our team has a total of 11 mentors that come from many different backgrounds.
We would be lost without our coach Melissa, who introduced our community to FRC. Owning an insurance agency doesn’t prevent her from giving 110% of her support.
Our educational mentors include Mr. Dickey for science, physics, and engineering, Mr. Medina for media and web site design, Mr. Jackson who is an engineering professor from OIT, and Mrs. Medina who has provided insights into essay writing.
Alongside our professional educators we have community members who contribute their expertise as well, Mr. Clark from JELD-WEN Corporation provides invaluable assistance in computer science, Mrs.Menke helps with fundraising and community outreach, Mr. Lundd is retired and is new this year, and has already helped tremendously in fabrication and metal work.
Last but not least we have our FRC alumni; Kyle, Riley, and Karie. What can we say; they give us invaluable advice from their FIRST years.
We appreciate our mentors. They keep us excited and engaged in furthering STEM education in our community.
Our coach, Bob Hendel, stands by us and pushes us to better our robot and ourselves. Coach Hendel, a former employee of Intel, has been a FIRST Robotics mentor since 2004. He now leads both teams 1510 and 2898. Through the countless hours of time that he has spent with us, he had one major priority: to provide every student with the opportunity to have hands-on experience with mentors. In addition to mentoring us, he is a major proponent of service. He set up the opportunity for us to volunteer at the Packed with Love school supply drive, and the OMSI Scrimmage. He also wants us to take on a mentoring role to inspire younger students in FIRST’s other programs. For example, he provides us with the opportunity to help staff the Poynter Middle School FLL Tournament. Another priority of Coach Hendel is to make sure that everyone has the opportunity to participate on the team regardless of financial circumstances. He guarantees financial aid to anyone who needs it and is willing to put in the work to make it possible. Our team, and our members, would not be where we are today without Coach Hendel.
Mentors are essential to the Gladstone Robotics Team. They provide leadership, stability, and advice on countless issues. They take initiative in finding opportunities for our team to grow and improve. They are the foundation of our team, and they never graduate! Much of our funding is secured through the mentors’ companies and they help us pitch our ideas to prospective sponsors. Without the efforts and initiative of mentors, our team would not exist.
We find our mentors are more than just essential; they are inspirational. Our mentors give us ideas of what engineering careers are like, and have great families to support them Gladstone Robotics appreciates its mentors for always being helpful and encouraging us to pursue our goals and dreams. Tom has been essential in teaching electrical and programming skills, and our Mechanical sub-team often seeks advice from Ken. Glen helped get our new shop and has helped with reorganizing leadership structure. James has been an exceptional leader for the last four years, while Todd helped us receive multiple laptops to be used in our new shop space.
Thanks to Tom Ugulini (Intel), Ken Parcher (Boeing), Glen Rissberger (Manufacturing Executive), Todd Kok-Carlson (Mentor Graphics), and James Ward (A-Dec)!
Our mentors are a super important part of our team for if it wasn’t for their help we would not be as successful as we are. They teach us many things from engineering to marketing and electrical functions and strategies. Most of our mentors can be seen in action by these following pictures however they can nearly described how much they give to us as a team. For when ever we need assistance they are there to help us and lead us in the right way. I remember last year when our marketing mentors (Ananda Arasu, Noelle Gorbett and Josh Parosa) helped us out by pushing our small team of two permanent marketing members to the limit. As they said there was no time to slack off, especially since there were many task to accomplish at the set time.
In our teams we have mentors that work for various companies and industries such as Ananda Arasu, who is a Product Marketing Manager at Autodesk. We also have members such as Mike Wells who retired some time ago as an engineer but still attends classes in Tualatin High School to teach young kids what engineering is like in the real world. Of course our robotics team would not be complete with out the help of Josh Parosa and Jill Hubbard who are our faculty advisers. Over all our team feels a lot of respect and great gratitude towards our proud team mentors, words can not described how thankful we feel towards them.