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Robotics team honors mentors

As FIRST Robotics Team 1571 of the Center for Advanced Learning (CAL) in Gresham prepares for regionals, the team gets together Tuesday and Thursday evenings and all day Saturday.

The nine students on Team 1571 took the opportunity to thank their six mentors — Andrew Sears from Autodesk Inc., Michael Ohlirch from Benchmade, Seth Urbach from Microchip, Jim Jones from Boeing, Rocco Natale from Boeing and Lonnie Paolo — on “Thank Your Mentor Day” Thursday, Jan. 17.

by: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Mentors from left to right: Seth Urbach of Microchip, Andrew Sears of Autodesk Inc. and Michael Ohlrich of Benchmade.

“I can’t say enough how much we appreciate these guys helping out the students at CAL with their FIRST Robotics team,” said Pavla Dirksen, the mother of a robotics student. “They are such knowledgeable engineers and sure know how to make learning fun.”

This year’s FIRST Robotics Team 1571 is led by Dirksen’s son, Captain Brady Dirksen, a team member of four years and engineering student at CAL.

As FIRST Robotics mentors, the team of six gives advice, support and encouragement to the team members, whether it’s providing guidance for a technical approach, helping solve specific problems or troubleshooting.

The regional FIRST Robotics competition will be held March 6-10. FIRST Robotics Team 1571 is busy designing and building a robot that will have to throw Frisbee discs in the competition.

To learn more about robotics, visit oregonfirst.org.



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