I have been working with the team for the past 2 years now. Prior to being a mentor, I was on the team for 3 years as well. In addition to helping mentor the students with primarily programming and electrical assistance, I also volunteer for FTC — another FIRST program. I am an FTA for them which puts me in charge of ensuring all robots and the field are running smoothly during every match at Competition.
MentorMr.Lindquist has been working with the FIRST Team 3122 since the 2013 season. “I saw how hard out mentor Mr. Erickson was coaching, and thought he needed help if we are going to see this opportunity remain open to our kids.” Mr. Lindquist’s interest was triggered by his son’s involvement in 2012. While not an engineer or a fabricator, Mr.Lindquist had also been an active scout leader for many years. FTC and FRC, like BoyScouts, builds on a model of youth leadership. “I see my job as mostly providing the older kids the nudges to provide guidance and leadership with the new members.”
MentorMr. Todd is a second-year mentor for team 3122. After seeing the passion and excitement from the team it became very easy to join this group and help in any way possible. “I’m an engineer, but not the kind that builds robots. This program is all about problem solving and putting theory into practice, and that is the core of all engineering.” His role as a mentor is to be a sounding board and make sure explosions are kept to a minimum.