FIRST 2018
2018 Robotics Mentors at Bayou Regional FIRST Robotics Competition

What is Our Robotics Program? 

Robotics Mentors lead regional elementary, middle, and high school teams in FIRST Robotics Competitions (FRC), FIRST Lego League (FLL), and VEX robotics competitions. Mentors work with the schools’ teams in order to inspire young students to become involved in these exciting and innovative technological fields. We teach our mentors that being a leader of a robotics team means facilitating teamwork, encouraging innovative problem solving, teaching them computer programming and basic design, and supporting them throughout their project.

What Schools Have we Worked With? Capture

Robotics Chairs

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Krista  Scafidel

Krista Scafidel is a junior in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Robotics. She is from Hammond, Louisiana. Before coming to LSU she attended Southeastern with a major in Physics until she transferred in the Fall of 2016. At LSU, she joined the Society of Peer Mentors as a Robotics Mentor for Zachary High School where she helped the students build a robot to compete in the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition. After one year of working as a mentor, she became Co-Chair of Robotics.  When she isn’t studying, she enjoys spending time tubing down the river with her family and hiking. After graduation, she plans to study biocompatible 3D printing materials.

Karl Schulze

Karl C Schulze is originally from Metairie, Louisiana. He moved to Baton Rouge in 2013 to start his freshman year at Louisiana State University. Although he changed his major 3 times within his first semester, he decided that Mechanical Engineering was the right one with a minor in Robotics Engineering. He went through the Encounter Engineering program as an incoming freshman and immediately joined the Society of Peer Mentors as a Robotics Mentor his first semester. He worked as a robotics mentor through the years while helping prepare for the future Encounter Engineering camps, REHAMS and XCITE robot design projects, and the various robotics outreaches. He was promoted to Robotics Co-Chair in the Spring of 2016 and holds the position currently. He is the rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America as well as being involved in the Bengal Reauxbotics competition robot team, ASME, AIAA, and one of the founding members of the Outdoors Club. In his spare time, Karl enjoys playing video games with friends, as well as working on his personal robotics side-projects.

Interested in Becomming a Robotics Mentor?

You must be accepted as a Peer Mentor–to register click here. Peer mentor applications and interviews start in January each year. You can be hired as a freshmen if you have prior robotics experience or attended E2. For more information, contact Adrienne Steele.

You can contact our robotics chairs Karl Schultze at, or Krista Scafidel at to join or for more information!

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