Mentors

OUR MENTORS

Our Mentors are the greatest!

The ThunderChickens work hours upon hours for six weeks to build their robot in order to be ready for competition. In addition,  many adult mentors from various industries volunteer their time to guide, teach and mentor the students during the build and competition season. We send out a big “Thank You” to them all!

We have four mentors on the team, that have been there 20 years.

We are so lucky to have them, and their wealth of knowledge - Ron Archeene, Mile Attan, Bob Korson, and Bill Baedke. 

Ron Archeene

FIRST Mentor – 20 Years

Teacher - Utica Community Schools

Mike Attan

FIRST Mentor – 20 Years

Teacher - Utica Community Schools

Bob Korson

FIRST Mentor – 20 Years

Engineer (Retired) - Ford

Bill Baedke

FIRST Mentor – 20 Years

Engineer (Retired) - Ford

Gary Yahr

FIRST Mentor – 12 Years

Flagstar Bank

Brynn Yahr

FIRST Mentor – 12 Years

Tony Moraccini 

FIRST Mentor – 10 Years

Construction (Retired)

Jeff Kausch

FIRST Mentor – 15 Years

Program Mgr - Delphi

Julie Kausch

FIRST Mentor – 15 Years

Engineer

Kelly Kozlowski 

FIRST Mentor – 8 Years

Writer

Jim Yaxley

FIRST Mentor – 15 Years

Engineer - Master Robotics

Curtis DeSaele 

FIRST Mentor – 9 Years

Engineer - Waltonen Engineering

Nick Paterni

FIRST Mentor – 7 Years

Software Engineer - MotorCity Casino

Raju Mudunuri 

FIRST Mentor – 2 Years

Engineer - Ford

Ryan Henigan

FIRST Mentor – 2 Years

Engineer - Fisher Dynamic

ThunderChicken Alumni

Justin Schultz 

FIRST Mentor – 5 Years

Engineer

ThunderChicken Alumni

Donovan Whitehead 

FIRST Mentor – 5 Years

Engineer

ThunderChicken Alumni

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ThunderChickens 2018  Achievements 2nd Place - World Championship 1st Place - Currie Division World 1st Place - Dow Division State Championship 1st Place - Marysville2nd Place - Kettering #2      

The ThunderChickens are a FIRST Robotics team, based out of Sterling Heights MI and the Utica Community Schools (UCS). The 2018 Season is the ThunderChickens 20th anniversary. We are lucky to have four mentors on the team, that have been there the entire 20 years. We are so lucky to have them, and their wealth of knowledge - Ron Archeene, Mike Attan, Bob Korson, and Bill Baedke. 

 What is a FIRST Robotics Competition? Combining the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology. We call FIRST Robotics Competition the ultimate Sport for the Mind. High-school student participants call it “the hardest fun you’ll ever have.” Under strict rules, limited resources, and an intense six-week time limit, teams of students are challenged to raise funds, design a team "brand," hone teamwork skills, and build and program industrial-size robots to play a difficult field game against like-minded competitors. It’s as close to real-world engineering as a student can get. Volunteer professional mentors lend their time and talents to guide each team. Each season ends with an exciting FIRST Championship. The ThunderChickens have made it to the World Championship 17 times over 19 years, and won the world Championship twice.

2018 Team Schedule

COMPETITION WEEK 2

Kettering Univ. #2

COMPETITION WEEK 4

Greater Pittsburg

COMPETITION WEEK 6

Marysville High School

Michigan   FRC  Championship

Saginaw Valley State U.

World  Championship

Cobo Hall, Detroit

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