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.

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.

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FIRST Robotics Bayou Regional Competition March 2017

FIRST RObotics 2017

Robotics Chairs

April Gaydos

April Gaydos is from Hammond, Louisiana. She is currently a Junior in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Robotics. In 2014, after attending the Encounter Engineering Bridge Camp, she joined the Society of Peer Mentors as a Robotics Mentor. After one year of working with the Society, she became the Robotics Chair and continues to hold that position now. She also works as a Manufacturing Engineering Intern at Intralox LLC in New Orleans, LA. In her spare time she enjoys running, reading, and going on adventures to new and different places!

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.