Gearbox 4-H Club

Home of the electronVolts, FTC team 7393


Meet the team

Team Members

Clare

Clare

Hi my name is Clare Bolin. I'm 17, homeschooled, and a senior in high school. This is my fourth year on FTC team 7393 and the 4-H club our team is a part of: Gearbox 4-H. I've done FTC for all of high school, and before that I did FLL for 4 years. I do mainly hardware on our team, working on designing and building. Homeschooling allows me to do lots of fun activities besides robotics including musical theater, jazz dance, American Heritage Girls, A Capella choir, and two youth groups. Robotics has been a huge part of my life for a long time, and I'm excited to see how this last year goes!

Michael

I am Michael Paraboschi. I am three years less than one score years old, and I have been on this very FTC team for the past 700*10^-2 years and have enjoyed every day of it. I am in FTC because I enjoy solving difficult mechanical problems and then building them. On the team I function as resident CAD Neural network, Local CNC Machine shop, and Pick-and-Place Machine. I am the leader of the hardware team and enjoy the use of machine tools.

I have been on this team since it was an FLL team, I was a part of that for 3 years and at the end of this year I will have been on the FTC team for all four years of high school. I am excited to see where this season goes.
Michael
Divya

Divya

I am Divya, a student at Richard Montgomery High. I have been participating in FIRST robotics since 4th grade and learned a lot over the years. As part of FTC, I participate in a variety of community outreach activities to introduce children to Robotics & STEM. I enjoy engineering & science subjects with hands-on experiments.

Anaum

Anaum Khan is a freshmen at Richard Montgomery High School located in Rockville, Maryland. This is her second year competing in FTC and 4th year competing in FIRST robotics. One of her proudest accomplishments was being able to compete at the 2014 - 2015 FLL World Championships and also the 2015 - 2016 FTC World Championships. Aside from robotics, she enjoys participating in various clubs at her school like Model Congress and DECA. Her goal is to one day pursue a career in engineering.
Anaum
Lincoln

Lincoln

Hi. My name is Lincoln. I'm in 7th grade and have already done physics and chemistry, and have started biology. I'm the club photographer and have been for a few other clubs as well. My team roll is Jr. Cad Monkey. I was in the team when it was an FLL team and was in an FLL Jr. team called the SnowMonkeyBots and this is my FIRST year in FTC. I'm full, 2 sardines away, and bamboo enough!

Johan

I started FIRST robotics back in 2009 on the Snowmobots FLL team. We continued FLL for 4 years, and then the team transitioned to FTC. This is now my 4th and final year in FTC. I have been on the software team all four years, although I also enjoy building, especially small servo/sensor mechanisms for the software to use. This year, I am the team's lead programmer, the club treasurer, and I also created this website. Outside the team, I enjoy programming and electronics projects of my own, and I made my own website at Johan.Vandegriff.net.
Johan
Eric

Eric

My name is Eric Wang. I am in eighth grade at the Humanities program at Roberto Clemente Middle School in Germantown. I am Chinese and I have two older siblings. This is my first year doing FTC, but I have done FLL for three years. This FTC season, I am part of the software team. I am looking forward to learning java programming.

William

William Capon is the blaggart in charge of driving the robot which he supposedly does quite well. William Capon is not sure of this. William Capon is not sure of anything. In fact, he is having an existential crisis as he writes this. He enjoys baking and eating things that are bad for him, programming computer games, and thinking he is more productive than he actually is. He is currently hunting an Associate's Degree in Computer Science and Montgomery College, and has yet to even come close to the elusive beast. He would like me to tell you that he's a junior in highschool, and he needs help talking to people. He says he would have written this in the first person if he wasn't so darn scared of social failure. Good job William, good job.

You can follow him at @nerdyspacenerd on twitter

(William would like to apologize for the rapidly deteriorating tone of the above passage.)

( I wouldn't. )
William
Sparky

Sparky

I'm Sparky, aka EGEL, the team's robot. I was born in the 2015 season right before the first tournament, disassembled (except for the chassis) after the World Championship, and re-assembled right before the first tournament in the 2016 season. I am excited to go to the State Tournament where I will collect some particles, shoot some hoops, bring home the beacon, cap some caps, ignore some corner goals, and overall kick some bot!

(Later) I wasn't able to make it past states because of THOSE DANG ROOOOOLLLLLEEEEERRRRRSSSS! Looking back at this season, my favorite moment was being the captain of the winning alliance at the Maryland Tech Invitational (MTI) Tournament. Turns out that those doofuses just needed to fix the rollers and I worked perfectly and they never had to think about it again. I was disassembled after the MTI tournament, but my core chassis is still together after 2 and a half electric years.


Coaches

Tom

Thomas Capon has been a mentor and coach for Team 7393 since its inception. He loves sharing his experience in robotics design and metalworking with students of all ages. He is an electrical engineer at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, working on mechatronics in cutting-edge scientific satellites. He drives an all-electric Nissan Leaf and regularly promotes electric-vehicle at local events. Considered a master in the field of submitting self-biographies late.
Tom
Nikita

Nikita

I am Nikita Wootten. Last year I worked with Johan on the software team. It was a lot of fun, and I definitely learned a lot. Johan and I learned a lot about image processing. We ended up publishing a lot of the work we did on the team github (go check it out!) This year I am a freshman CompSci major at UMBC, so I returned as a mentor for the team. I am also currently part of UMBC's Retrievers Robotics!

Jon

I've been coaching robotics for 8 years now, starting with FLL, and now with FTC. Every year has been a blast. In my day job, I write science analysis software at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab. I've gotten to work on some really neat NASA missions, like the Cassini mission to Saturn, the MESSENGER Mercury probe, and also New Horizons, which explored Pluto. On our FTC team, I coordinate the overall team with an emphasis on recruiting and fund raising. I'm also the software mentor. Our team is in a 4-H club, so I'm the 4-H club leader. What I like most about coaching is the long term growth I see happening in the team, especially as the kids learn to learn to take ownership and responsibility for their roles. Also, the tournaments are super fun since we get to meet other teams and coaches.
Jon
Sharon

Sharon

Hi. I'm the assistant assistant coach, Sharon Vandegriff, doing the occasional task of getting the robot to the workspace when the two head coaches aren't around and making "yummus" (my hommemade hummus) for the meetings. My favorite things include studying languages and how they work, singing, studying the Bible, doing Sudoku puzzles, and eating yummus.