Since 2001, Team 668: The Apes of Wrath has worked to inspire those in and around our community to identify the need for, and take part in, the education of science, technology, engineering and math. We strive to do this through our participation in FIRST Robotics, a multi-national organization that creates robotics programs for a variety of different student levels. Team 668 proudly participates in the FIRST Robotics Competition, or FRC. The team has participated in the FIRST Tech Challenge, or FTC program as well. 668 students also mentor FIRST Lego League, or FLL teams. The Apes of Wrath are open to any and all new members. If you, or someone you know in our area does not have access to a team, contact us.
"FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) was founded in 1989 to inspire young people's interest and participation in science and technology. Based in Manchester, NH, the 501(c)(3) not-for-profit public charity designs accessible, innovative programs that motivate young people to pursue education and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math, while building self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills. FIRST is More Than Robots. FIRST participation is proven to encourage students to pursue education and careers in STEM-related fields, inspire them to become leaders and innovators, and enhance their 21st century work-life skills. Read more about the Impact of FIRST."-FIRST Website
This is Saul Hernandez's third year contributing to the team. Saul also teaches multiple IED and computer science classes during the school day. In addition, Saul received a 2015 STEM Teacher Of The Year award for his outstanding job running the team and teaching the skills of computer science and was featured in Pioneer's newspaper as running an exemplary STEM program at Pioneer.
Lonny Weissman has been a long-time mentor for the team. Lonny is a retired algebra teacher from Pioneer High School. He has been involved with the team since 2003, and In 2008, Lonny won the Silicon Valley Regional Woodie Flowers Award from FIRST . Lonny was instrumental to bringing robotics classes to Pioneer High School as well as helping the team get off the ground.
Gary Koerzendorfer is the team's Programming/Software Mentor. Gary worked at Hewlett-Packard in product development for many years. He has mentored many FIRST Robotics teams starting with Team 972. In 2014, Gary won the Utah Regional Woodie Flowers Award. He has dedicated many hours of his time to helping not only The Apes of Wrath, but other teams as well.
Rahil Mehta is a graduate of Pioneer High School Class of 2011, and participated in the robotics team all four years at Pioneer. He graduated from UC Berkeley last year, in 2015, and currently works at Tesla. He is co-owner of MillAway Tools along with Eric Wach who is a Pioneer and Apes of Wrath Alumnus as well.
Alvin currently works at BAE systems and is a mentor for several FIRST robotics teams. We are glad to have Alvin helping out the Apes of Wrath in this upcoming 2017 FRC season!
Apes of Wrath members are very active members of the FIRST community. Each year, team members go to local schools and organizations to help with FIRST Lego League(FLL) and FIRST Tech Competition(FTC) teams. They contribute both time and funding to the teams to ensure that they receive a great experience from the FIRST robotics organization. This ensures the continuation of FIRST robotics by getting younger students involved in the fun and exciting nature of FIRST. This year, Apes of Wrath members are helping 3 seperate FLL and FTC teams.
The Apes of Wrath also highly supports STEM education and thinking. Just one of the many ways that the Apes of Wrath help promote STEM in the community is at Scout-a-rama each year. Scout-a-rama is a large Cub Scouts of America event when local cub scouts can come to learn about many different things including crafts, actibities, and STEM education. The Apes of Wrath attend this event each year to teach the scouts about STEM and robotics.
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