By endlessly providing time, resources, and energy, Quixilver mentors enable FIRST Team 604 to build outstanding robots, phenomenal outreach programs, and excellent leadership skills. They routinely astound and assist team members with mechanical, electrical, programming, and machining expertise. Thank you, mentors of FIRST Team 604, for your most impressive work. We greatly appreciate your support!
**Denotes recipients of the Woodie Flower’s Finalist Award.
Mrs. Arrington **
Endlessly handling paperwork since the teams inception, Mrs. Arrington is team 604’s most esteemed founding mentor. She spends boundless hours supervising team Quixilver not only during build season but the off-season as well. Her winning nomination for the Woodie Flowers Award can be read here.
This mentor does it all. He can be a structural rocket engineer and a chauffeur at traveling tournaments; whatever the team needs. His advice and analysis of our design concepts during the team design review allows us to be sure that our design is a stable solution to the challenges ahead. This rock solid mentor keeps the team upright and focused on the goals that make team 604 as unique as its students.
This engineering expert’s kinks and quirks help make team Quixilver the “best”. Any problem ranging from programming to mechanical design, this quaint mentor is always there to lend a helping hand. Located in his comely tool-filled garage, milling sessions take place for mechanically inclined members while in his after-school free time he supports student led programming workshops for those hoping to excel in their codeskills.
Unquestionably the most present volunteer and “best” chaperone in town. Housing a mill, lathe, and robotics family, her tolerance for tech-geeks is stunning. Her overwhelming kindness has developed team 604 into the fine students we are today. Her winning nomination for the Woodie Flowers Award can be read here.
Building a robot requires communication. Conversing with teammates is easy, but speaking to large groups at demos and team presentations can be a daunting task. Enter Mrs. Brasher, the Leland Speech and Debate head coach. She masterfully shifted her own pre-state coaching schedule to accommodate ours, and what a difference it made! This clairvoyant counselor is a key part of 604’s comprehensible outreach.
This mechanical maniac knows his stuff. After graduating from four years of FIRST, he quickly sprang back to robotics by joining our team as our newest mentor. He offers knowledgeable advice that student prototyping often needs. We are greatly thankful for his assistance.
Never seen without a camera, his devotion to team 604 is overwhelming. Mr. Fang is knowledgeable in creating promotional films and demonstrates his ability to help the team whenever possible. His creativity is utterly staggering.
Sometimes it is difficult to pick one project or area that she has mentored. Make no mistake however; she is without a doubt a momentous mentor. Whether she is supervising shop time, helping Mr. Fang as he helps us with our media productions, or bouncing between whatever tasks are being completed at the moment, Mrs. Fang is an integral part of the close-knit family of Quixilver mentors. We are proud to have her aboard.
Being involved in FIRST ever since 1999, Mr. Mori has been lending his mechanical expertise to team 604 ever since helping re-start the team in 2005. He has taught us how to think outside of the box, which has become a crucial skill during crunch time. His winning nomination for the Woodie Flowers Award can be read here.
Having graduated from the team in 2009, Natalie has continued to support the team and most recently helped start a partnership which has allowed the team to extend it’s outreach to Africa.
Our team has overwhelming support by mechanical and electrical mentors. Mr. Samuel, our newest corporate mentor, spent endless hours helping the team with CAD (Computer Aided Design). This necessary fusion of the two distinct aspects of robot design streamlined our build process tremendously. Guiding the team’s design and build members through the tricks and trials of the monstrous 3D software was no easy task, so hats off to our very own schematic scholar.
Kudos for trying to pronounce this mentor’s name. Mr. Z helps team 604 tremendously by donating whopping amounts of material and time from his exceedingly busy schedule. With his support, we are able to build prototypes on-call and on time.
A mentor like this doesn’t just grow on the olive tree. Building a robot requires a lot of small projects, parts, and personnel to come together at the right time and place. She is the conqueror of logistical lunacy. She keeps the team running by teaching project management (though it can be hard to stomach for some) and making sure our supply lines stay open. Having a path to follow when the pressure pours on is an extremely comforting amenity. There is no pathfinder like Mrs. Z.