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Darren Collins

Head Coach

Darren Collins teaches Robotics, Advanced Robotics, and AP Physics at Tahoma High School. In 2006, Mr. Collins was approached by two sophomore students at Tahoma Senior High about starting a FIRST Robotics Competition team. He was teaching physics and astronomy at the time and had not heard of FIRST Robotics. However, liked the idea, and was willing to start a team. During the spring months, he and his students did a few robotics projects, and in January 2007, they attended kickoff, never having seen a match, or really knowing all that it was going to be about. They then brought tools from home and worked diligently in portable 12 to build a robot, before attending their first competition. Mr. Collins describes the first competition as having hooked him in. He loved everything about it. The team won Rookie All-Star and attended World Championships, an absolutely incredible experience. Mr. Collins says that after that season, he jumped in and never looked back. He also enjoys mountain biking, backpacking, rock climbing, and a number of other outdoor activities, all which he describes as fun and challenging, but he says that he chooses to put so much of his time into the team because there he can have fun, challenge himself, while also making a difference. He’s seen how the program has changed the lives of many students and mentors within his own team and is a strong advocate in helping other teams find sustainability. Mr. Collins is our head coach and mentor, he especially feels connected to the strategy, design, manufacturing and project management aspects of the team. He says he loves the project of building a robot. Both of Mr. Collins’ kids were in the program, and have since graduated. He has stuck with the team through the thick and thin and devotes endless hours to us and the robot. We are so incredibly lucky to have him as our leader. He likes a quote that he considers his motto for leading the team. “If you want to build a ship, don't drum up people to collect wood and don't assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.” -Antoine de Saint-Exupery

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Maggie Baldridge

Assistant Coach

Maggie joined the team as a parent volunteer during the 2016-17 season and served on the Booster Club board before being hired as the assistant coach in 2017. While her background is in medicine, she uses her organizational skills to provide administrative support and make travel arrangements for the team. "I like that the club takes in students of all interests and skills. Mostly I like the changes that I see in students who grow through their experience with robotics. " She is married with three kids- one of which is on the team- and two grandsons. She enjoys traveling, swimming, and biking. She is also pursuing a degree in molecular biology.

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Adrienne Rime

Mentor

Adrienne became involved in the club through Bryan Andrews, one of the founding members of the team. When asked what she likes about the club, she stated, “I like that FIRST teaches students how to think outside of the box and solve problems.” In her free time, Adrienne likes to go mountain biking, backpacking and rock climbing. She works for FIRST Washington which helps her to inspire at a larger scale. Recently, Adrienne has become more involved in the team once again through her daughter.

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Austin Weary

Mentor

Austin Weary joined our club in its first year. Austin enjoyed his time on the team and would have been back the next year for more, but had to go off to college. Throughout college, Austin came back to help on the team for short periods of time. Since then, Austin has been working closely with the scout lead and the strategy team during the competition season. He has also been working with the designers to give constructive criticism on different mechanisms. In his free time, Austin spends time taking care of his daughter and watching movies. He likes FIRST because it "gives kids opportunities to learn valuable skills, develop character, and push themselves."

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Bob Woodbury

Mentor

By day a software developer, Bob Woodbury was a Tahoma Robotics Club software development mentor by night. When asked why he likes working with our club, he said: “There’s nothing else like it. Our club’s robots are very competitive, and the program is intellectually challenging — there is no high school sport more exciting than a FIRST robotics tournament.” He helped the club develop software to scout other teams’ strengths and weaknesses during competition. As a mentor on the Robotics Team, Mr. Woodbury was a key player in our success and is greatly appreciated. Unfortunately, we lost Bob Woodbury in 2018. He will forever be missed.

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Greg Ramig

Mentor

Greg Ramig mentors our team because he has fun working with the kids and feels that he knows a lot about the different things we do in the club. In 2011 he really helped out Team Alpha with the minibot deployment mechanism, and he also helped with the electronics wiring for Ursa Major. Mr. Ramig has a motto about himself that he was kind enough to share with us: “If I can’t fix it, it ain’t broke.” He is a really awesome mentor and great to work with.

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Janice Nelson

Mentor

After a 20-year career as a programmer, Janice Nelson became interested in Tahoma Robotics Club when her son, Mac, joined the club in his senior year. Her fascination with our club’s robot-building activities has brought her back. Her expertise is in making bumpers as well as team spirit wear. She likes FIRST because it helps to get kids involved in STEM. She also subscribes to the values of the program such as Gracious Professionalism. In her free time, Janice enjoys running her quilting business.

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Jonathan Grimm

Mentor

Jonathan Grimm first learned about robotics when his son Justin joined an FLL team. After a couple years, Jonathan joined Bear Metal as just a parent. He works as a computer consultant for Hitachi Consulting and enjoys playing video games every now and then as well as driving his boat on the lake. His favorite part of robotics is “thinking of the different things you can do.” He also built a “battle bot.”

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Joseph O'Brien

Mentor

Joseph joined the team after his workout buddy at Pinnacle, who happened to be the President of the School Board, suggested that he mentor on our team. This was after seeing some of the projects Joseph was working on since retiring from Boeing after 32 years, like a wooden-geared clock and a working model of a Toyota engine that he printed on his 3D printer and put together. He has a degree in Mechanical Engineering and has worked in space technologies and military weapon systems. He held software and mechanical safety responsibility of the satellite delivery and support structure (Inertial Upper Stage - IUS) inside the space shuttle. He also worked on the Air Launch Cruise Missile, Minute Man, Peacekeeper Missile Systems, and AWACS, where he was responsible for the safety of 72 aircrafts and was first on call for in-flight emergency. Over the past 30 years, Joseph has also been studying the way that the brain works and how to create a better life balance. He’s learned, and likes to share with the students, that the 6 human needs are growth, significance, certainty, uncertainty, contribution, and connection. He enjoys the FIRST program because of its ability to help kids grow and connect with one another, learning and growing as human beings. To Joseph, an important aspect of being a mentor is his ability to teach kids in a way that works for them, to help them drive themselves to future success. In his free time Joseph likes to invent then make things in his shop, go fishing, and spend time with his wonderful wife and 2 dachshunds.

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Lyle Schlotterbeck

Mentor

After graduating High School early in 1970s, Mr. Schlotterbeck attended Big Bend Community College, majoring in flying. However, he decided to switch his path, and enlisted in the Air Force as a radio maintenance technician. After the Air Force he worked at a company in Seattle, Northern Radio a marine band radio manufacture, as an electronics technician and later worked to support design and documentation. During this time, he was able to get his Commercial Pilots License with complex airplane, instrument, multi-engine and flight instructor ratings. He started working in general aviation as an electronics technician for a company on Boeing Field Seattle as an electronic technician and ended his career with them as the shop lead and test pilot. Mr. Schlotterbeck then moved on to Boeing as an electronic technician. He was eventually assigned work in a Research and Development engineering group that designed and built test equipment. He spent 32 of his 37 years working at Boeing in that group working his way up to where he designed, developed, and built test equipment. He was able to go back to college to complete an AA degree in aviation, and after accomplishing that, his career took another leap forward. He became a project lead while still doing what he really enjoyed- designing and building things. He is also listed on 2 patents from his time at Boeing, one of which was awarded patent of the year at Boeing. He has 20 plus years in CAD design using AutoCAD and 15 years in 3D modeling using Autodesk Inventor. He has just joined our team as a mentor this fall of 2018, and we are so grateful to have his support. He launched in and helped us build our full practice field, which will be a huge asset to the team. We are looking forward to continuing to work with him. Some of his hobbies include woodworking and Corvettes.

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Mark Baldridge

Mentor

Mark joined the team as a parent volunteer in 2017 and currently serves on the Booster Club Board. He has been a Maple Valley resident for many years and is pleased to be able to serve the students of Tahoma. He works with a local city government and uses his skills to mentor the business team with fundraising as well as providing event and build season support. He has a son on the team as well as two grown children and two grandsons.

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Matthew Lobeck

Mentor

Matt Lobeck found out about our club at a Boeing booth at Seattle SeaFair in 2010 and realized we were located near where he lives. When he visited one of our meetings and saw all the potential and complexity of the students working together, he offered to be a mentor. Mr. Lobeck works at Boeing as a simulation systems project engineer. His spot of expertise is electronics, simulations, and technology, with 28 years of experience in engineering.

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Robert Davis

Mentor

Mr. Davis has a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Washington State University and has been working for the Boeing Company for 31 years, initially as a project engineer, then test engineer and finally settling in on software development as the P8 Mission Software Architect. He has worked on commercial airplanes, the space station, foreign military aircraft, and now on a Navy aircraft. Mr. Davis was introduced to Bear Metal and FIRST Robotics in 2009 when his eldest son joined the team. He became a mentor soon after, initially mentoring in CAD design and machining. He mentored for the team through the time that his kids were in the program and continues to provide his expertise by mentoring the programming team. We are incredibly grateful for the time and energy he puts into helping the robot be competition ready. He lives in Maple Valley with his wife Ann and enjoys mountain biking and orienteering with her.

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Tami Axtell

Mentor

Tami was first introduced to FRC through her son Caleb in 2013. In the 2016 season, her other two kids joined Bear Metal as well and she took the role as Booster Club President soon after. She has greatly contributed to the funding of our team and the development of student business members. She plans on being involved in the team, even after her daughter graduates. Tami works as a clinical mental health counselor and uses her expertise to advise kids in their struggles. In her free time she enjoys hanging out with her family and her dogs.

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