Team Members

Andrew
Member Since August 2017

Age:  18      

Number of years in robotics: 5

Number of years on team: 3

Role(s) on the team: Software, CAD, Electrical, Admin

Why did you join robotics? 

I’d been designing mechanisms and custom creations with LEGOs for years which made my dad push me in the direction of robotics. Then he went to a FLL infomercial/workshop hybrid and thought it was cool and made me join a team (against my fervent protestations). FIRST took me by storm and I fell in love with everything.

What do you enjoy most about robotics?

The ability to express my creativity in a visible and rewarding way. Also, robots are just the best.

What is your favorite memory in robotics? 

Seeing autonomous work perfectly on the field after burning the midnight oil the night before a competition.

What are your interests outside of robotics?  

Creative writing, reading, reading, reading, my various fandoms (Harry Potter, STAR WARS oh my, Lord of the Rings, The Expanse), web design, strategy games, and having fun. When I'm not introverting I like to hang out with friends.

What are your future goals? 

I want to learn web design and expand my skills in Java. Outside of FTC, I would like to pursue a career in engineering or computer science and devote more time to writing.

Something unique or quirky?

Nothing that bad, but I'm the oldest of eight siblings and I really hate the cold.

Luke
Member Since August 2017

Age:  15     

Number of years in robotics: 3

Number of years on team: 2 Years

Role(s) on the team: Notebook, Mechanical, Video

Why did you join robotics?

I love building and designing so it seemed like a good fit.

What do you enjoy most about robotics?

Getting to put my building “skills” to effective use. And learning something along the way.

What is your favorite memory in robotics?  

Hearing our name be called for World’s in the 2017-18 Season.

What are your interests outside of robotics?  

I really enjoy writing music. My favorite instrument to play is electric guitar, however I play many other instruments such as viola, harmonica, drums, and piano. I also enjoy LEGOs very much, and am a HUGE Star Wars fan.

What are your future goals? 

I plan to attend Texas A&M and become a Mechanical Engineer. I also plan to pursue my interest in music as a hobby.

Something unique or quirky? 

私は銃を持つ師です

Mark
Member Since September 2016

Age: 16  

Number of years in robotics: 4

Number of years on team: 2

Role(s) on the team: Router, Laser Cutter, CAD, and Mechanical

Why did you join robotics?  To try something new and learn about robotics and engineering.

What do you enjoy most about robotics?

Learning new things and meeting new people.

What is your favorite memory in robotics?

When something we have been working on works in competition.

What are your interests outside of robotics?

Baseball and swimming are two sports i compete in. I also have been playing the piano for eight years. I like to fish and hunt.

What are your future goals? To get into a good college and pursue a career in either medical or engineering.

Something unique or quirky? I tore the same meniscus twice.

Abigail
Member Since August 2019

Age:  16      

Number of years in robotics: 4

Number of years on team: First Year

Role(s) on the team: Notebook, Admin

Why did you join robotics? 

What do you enjoy most about robotics?

 

What is your favorite memory in robotics? 

What are your interests outside of robotics?

MUSIC

What are your future goals? 

Something unique or quirky?

Zach 
Member Since August 2017

Age: 16

Number of years in robotics: 3

Number of years on team: 2

Role(s) on the team: Mechanical, CAD

Why did you join robotics? 

I joined robotics to pursue my interest in engineering and to gain experience in that field. I have also always liked building things, so it was perfect for me.

What do you enjoy most about robotics?I really enjoy working with my hands on mechanical tasks as well as working with my team to achieve a common goal. I also like learning new skills.

What is your favorite memory in robotics? Hearing our team being called for Inspire Finalist at the World Championship this past season.

What are your interests outside of robotics?  

I enjoy playing sports, especially basketball.  I also like playing my guitar as well as hiking outdoors.

What are your future goals?  

To pursue some kind of engineering degree

Something unique or quirky?

I have hiked in over 20 national parks and national monuments.

Mariah
Member Since August 2018

Age:  17

Number of years in robotics: 4

Number of years on team: 2

Role(s) on the team: Notebook, Mechanical Support

Why did you join robotics? 

I wanted to learn how to program the EV3 Mindstorms software, not knowing there was such a thing as competitions or teams. After the first few classes, my mom, along with Crystall Dalton, mother to two kids who were also in the same class, decided to create an FLL team. I was on the Thunderbolts ever since! 

What do you enjoy most about robotics?

I love the atmosphere. When you go to competitions and meet tons of new people; it’s definitely something everyone should do! I also enjoy learning new and useful skills, such as CAD and public speaking. 

What is your favorite memory in robotics? 

It’s hard to pick one..but it’s probably when I was competing with the Thunderbolts this past year and I wasn’t sure if it would be my last competition in FLL or not, before moving up to FTC. Then, my little teammate Ashley came up to me and said “I just know it won’t be your last competition! I just know it!” It’s pretty amazing when you help a younger teammate, and then they come back and help you! (She was right by the way-it wasn’t my last one!)

What are your interests outside of robotics?

I’m currently writing a book (aka twenty) and I play drums :) I also like reading, marvel, Star Wars, and I’m probably a little obsessed with photos...(you should see my room!) 

What are your future goals? 

I want to be a mechanical engineer, get some books up on the shelf and published, and invent something useful...not really sure what yet. 

Something unique or quirky? 

I could totally go on a spontaneous road trip-traveling to visit my family or just going somewhere cool is fine by me!