Mentors

Mr. BurkeBrendan Burke

‘I love Programming’

Years with 3974: 6

(Lead Mentor)

Favorite FIRST Game/Robot: Ultimate Ascent

Favorite Part of Being on the Team: Meeting the students. They are great people

Mrs. Burke

Katie Burke

“I have an MBA from Villanova University, I am married to another mentor since 1983 and have a son whose a mentor too!, Love love love working with the students I find it very rewarding, I believe in FIRST robotics and have seen its impact first hand.”

Years with 3974: 6

(Mom, Administration/Operations)

Favorite FIRST Game/Robot: Ultimate Ascent; Robot–the one we have not yet built!

Favorite Part of Being on the Team: Seeing the students grow/mature and giving a safe place to encourage that growth

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Gary Bonner

“TV? Who has time for TV? There’s a robot to build!”

Years with 3974: 6

(Engineering, Build)

Favorite FIRST Game/Robot:  My favorite FIRST games are the ones in which we did well, where we analyzed the game and made the right choice of objectives to focus on. I think in Ultimate Ascent and Steamworks we did that exceptionally well. As far as my favorite robot…they were all great.

Favorite Part of Being on the Team: When the robot goes in the bag and it’s actually done.

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Matthew Jurkiewicz

Years with 3974: 6

(Finances, Scouting, Administration, Game Pieces, Comic Relief, Meme Lord, Homecoming Faculty King –anything non-build)

Favorite FIRST Game/Robot: Ultimate Ascent

Favorite Part of Being on the Team: The excitement of the competitions – the thrill of victory and agony of defeat

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Jim Madera

“Gooey Butter Cakes are ‘Real’”

Years with 3974: 4

(Chairman’s, Game Strategy)

Favorite FIRST Game/Robot: Steamworks

Favorite Part of Being on the Team: Competing and developing teamwork skills for the students

 

Mr. CihakMatt Cihak

“2018 is the Blue Banner year! “

Years with 3974: 4

(Safety, Build, Bumpers(If you don’t know what that is, welcome to the team))

Favorite FIRST Game/Robot: Steamworks

Favorite Part of Being on the Team: Watching the students learn, engage, have fun, compete (graciously), solve problems, teach, help….. The list could go on and on.

Mr. Vera

William Vera

“It’s been an honor and pleasure to work with the students and mentors. The commitment from Matt J., Katie, Brendan and Gary has been incredible. It’s a testament to their hard work and dedication that this team has been successful over the last several years.”

Years with 3974: 3

(Outreach, Build)

Favorite FIRST Game/Robot: Steamworks

Favorite Part of Being on the Team: Observing the maturity and growth of these young women and men.  Receiving compliments from many teams on how this team has become one of the upper echelon teams.

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Amanda Detweiller

Years with 3974: 3

(Social Media, Scholarship)

Favorite FIRST Game/Robot: Steamworks

Favorite Part of Being on the Team: That I can assist even a little by being a relentless nag on applying for scholarships

Mr Dolan

Casey Dolan

Years with 3974: 3

(Engineering, Build)

Favorite FIRST Game/Robot: Recycle Rush

Favorite Part of Being on the Team: Watching all the ideas come together and seeing the final product

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Jon Auman

Years with 3974: 1

(Engineering, Build)

Favorite FIRST Game/Robot: Steamworks

Favorite Part of Being on the Team: Seeing the team grow as a group

 

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