Departments & Mentors
ROBOT DESIGN & MANUFACTURE
Establishes the game robot’s overall design and construction. Contains project teams that create the drive/transportation system for the robot, attach sensors and build various game components necessary for the game.
Maintains all robot software, develops, designs and writes code for controlling the robot.
Responsible for the robot’s wiring, including providing and routing power.
Completes special duties or roles as specified by the Nicolet FEAR Executive Board, such as construction projects not directly related to the robot.
Responsible for handling the team’s budget and advertising. Create the logos, merchandise, and FIRST® awards.
Responsible for providing funding for the team, as well as organizing and participating in events such as the food drive and Fourth of July parade. Works closely with Business and Media.
Determines the priorities of the robot’s functions, dedicated to understanding all the team rules, runs scouting at competitions, and assembles the competition team.
Responsible for spreading FIRST® and Nicolet FEAR throughout the community via social media, vlogs, newsletters, and the website.
Nicolet Staff Members
“FIRST® offers students an opportunity to be a part of a holistic problem that is such difficulty and rigor that students can not fail to learn and gain an understanding of a variety of content and skills that will serve them well beyond their time as a member of Nicolet FEAR.”
“It’s so empowering to see students excited to learn! I really enjoy the application of mathematics that building a robot requires. I also believe project based learning is much more meaningful than traditional memorization and problem solving, so it’s a great way for me to have fun helping my students do and use the same math that I teach. FEAR allows us to develop ideas of STEM curriculum in a realistic setting, and it’s good to know students can make real decisions about their futures working with our team.”
Mr. Dicks is joining us from team 2506, Saber Robotics. We are very happy to have him with us.
“Participating in FEAR is a unique experience for students to learn what is involved in a production-based business. What is special about this experience is that it is student led! Mentors are present to guide and support student decisions and student work. Students use their creative talents and develop problem solving skills to plan, design, engineer and build a robot to meet some objective challenge. Some students work on the business side developing marketing skills and locating sponsors. Others work with the media and social network requirements of product promotion. This is all done in a collaborative, team-effort approach. It is challenging work, but the process and final products make it all worthwhile!
I enjoy seeing students use what they know in a creative, applied situation. It is amazing what they know, what they learn and how they work together for common goals!”
“Nicolet FEAR Team 4786 has worth beyond measure to me as an educator. It provides the ideal environment for our students to explore the STEAM fields (science, technology, engineering, art+design, mathematics) in a way that is unsurpassed in authenticity. As students learn how to design, create, and problem-solve, they develop fundamental skills that include leadership, collaboration, financial and media literacy, productivity, and responsibility. Being a Teacher Mentor for a team that inspires such enthusiasm with their passion for FIRST® Robotics Competition is an honor and privilege.”
Professionals in the industry
CURRENT MENTORS: Brian Due, Todd Gaulke, Adam Thiel, John Froh, Barb Froh, Tony Farrell, Greg Froh,Jessica Barnett, Michael Dicks, Mary Eldridge, Dave Tuszynski, Richard Wood, Julie Wood, Josh Gratz, Dan Savagian, Craig Rigby, Francis Morton, and Gary Houchin-Miller.