Past Mentors

Michael Carini Michael Carini – Teacher Mentor

“FIRST Robotics was introduced to Franklin High School the year after I graduated. I feel like it would have been a great opportunity for me to explore collaborative design and to work with a team on a project. I studied mechanical engineering at MSOE and math education at UWM and believe that my education background will help me serve team 2506 as a mentor. I’ve learned a lot this year from students and mentors and will continue to serve as a mentor for Saber Robotics!”

Michael Dicks Michael Dicks – is a Supervisor and Solid Modeling (Inventor). General Mentor

“I heard about robotics at the competition in 2008 from another Mentor from Waukesha’s team and I thought it would be cool to watch the development of something designed and built by students, plus the satisfaction they all feel when it’s over. I was able to talk a buddy into joining as well. What surprised me the most, is how intense and stressful it can be, how whipped I am at the end of the week, however I enjoy the fact that the kids gain leaderships skills needed to become successful after high school”

Dave Erdmann Dave Erdmann – Helped with the construction of field elements and fabrication of robot parts

“I joined the team because I saw the need for more mentors when I assisted part time last year and I felt that my skills in the construction and computer areas may benefit the team. I hope that this year team will qualify for the nationals.”

Joan Fleming – Helped guide the students in the Design Award, project plan and materials process.

“My daughter is on the robotics team and loves it so I decided to join as well. I have been doing systems development work in manufacturing companies for quite a few years. Robotics is a nice way to share what I have learned from design, development, project management, and problem analysis. It is also a great opportunity to be part of an energetic team and a really fun competition. I am looking forward to many exciting seasons! “

Henry Czajkowski Henry Czajkowski – Help with electrical controls.

“I was aware of FIRST Robotics because Rockwell Automation is a major sponsor of the program. When I learned that FHS was going to have a team, I was very happy to get involved as a mentor. I believe FIRST Robotics is a great way for students to learn technical skills and more importantly the teamwork and coordination to get a large project like this done with limited time and resources. I hope that team will do well in competition, but more importantly for students to learn a lot from it”

Brandon Ryan

Brandon Ryan – Helped guide the students in the mechanical principles.

“Mr. Dicks said it would be cool to join Saber Robotics team. He said “Hey would you help me with the robotics team at Franklin?” and I said “Sure, Why not? Sounds interesting” and I was right. I hope that those kids would realize, that they can face challenges without Dave’s help, however we are here to always guide our team! “

John Robb

John Robb – Helped guide the students in the mechanical principles.

“I got a call one evening from a friend of my son, asking if I could give “a little” engineering advice to his robotic team. I soon found out that there is no such thing as “a little” … these people are DRIVEN. I was so impressed by the work ethic, dedication, teamwork, and engineering knowledge these “kids”, and mentors, exhibited, that I felt compelled to give more than just “a little” help. After a few evenings working with the team, I was hooked. I have additional ties to the Saber team because both of my sons attend Franklin High School and it is also my Alma mater. I hope my “real world” experience will help to expand the engineering principles and practices already being implemented by the students. Win or lose, the Saber Robotics students can be proud of the fact that they are integral in the design and manufacture of their robot.”

Andrew Bustle

Andrew Bustle – Helped with the construction of a minibot and fabrication of robot parts

“I visited the team on one of their Saturday meeting and one of the mentors invited me to join, then my son encouraged me as well. I could not resist. I was surprised on how complex the robot designs were and the amount of time that was given to the team to meet the challenge. I remember the excitement the team had during our successful minibot test. I hope that the team makes it to Nationals again.”