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The 2012-2013 season was my fourth year with the team and my third and final year as an advisor. My son joined BERT as a freshman in 2009 and I hung around and helped out where ever I could. The opportunity came up at the end of the 2009-2010 season for some new folks to run the team, so I stepped up to be an advisor for the team. It wasn't something I planned on, or was even prepared for but I was strongly convinced to do this by the former leadership. I...
This is my second year with the program. The previous mentors retired from the program at the end of last season, and I decided, along with Ted Goulet, to take over as mentors for this season. I'm excited about the challenges of mentoring BERT! We have a terriffic team this year and it's going to be fun to work with them on this year's Game!!
It's exciting to bring a "hands-on" educational experience to our students in the areas of science and technology. The USFIRST robotics program fortifies the values of science and technology in every participant whether a student or mentor.
I have had a love for science and technology for many years. In 1997, as an employee of Fairchild Semiconductor, I attended a USFIRST robotics demonstration hosted by Team 58. This...
I have been helping organize the team for over 10 years. I help students and mentors on the team with a variety of tasks. Some of these tasks include preparing corporate donation and thank you letters, ordering of t-shirts, coordinating and participating in fund-raising events and food preparation during the build season. I have had two daughters go through the program and even though they now have graduated from college, I am still involved with the team. The robotics program is a wonderful...
Steve works for Lanco Assembly Systems as a designer, trainer, and often on the mechanical assembly floor. He has worked for several years helping robotics programs at various schools. This is his first year "officially" helping the BERT team, although he has known many of the participants for years. He is very happy to be part of BERT's 2011 endeavor.
Malinda became a mentor in the 2010-2011 season, when her husband Ted became an advisor. She does all behind the scenes organization and accounting and keeping the team on budget. She helps with other fundraising projects such as sponsor letters, bottle drives, cookie dough and bake sales. She also takes care of making hotel reservations, ordering of supplies and spirit committee items, such as t-shirts, hats, and giveaways.
I had been a volunteer / mentor for Team 133 for the past 14 years. My 3 children have all participated in the program. Heather, class of 1999; Tania, class of 2000; and Eric, class of 2004. My responsibilities had been to assist and guide students in various tasks such as fund-raising, planning the trip for competition, making hotel reservations, food preparation etc. Also to work behind the scenes assisting the co-advisers,...
I started in 2003 as a member and after I graduated high school I stayed on the team as a mentor for programming.