FIRST Robotics Team 1561 - The RoboDucks
Francis Tuttle Pre-Engineering Academy - OKC, OK

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Bryan Kitzrow

Bryan Kitzrow - Pre-Engineering Academy Instructor / Build Team Leader

Oklahoma State University - Stillwater, OK

B.S. - Mathematics  

B.S. - Education 

Why I mentor for FIRST:

 "FIRST robotics provides students with an opportunity to apply the STEM (Science,Technology,Engineering,Math) principles they learn at the academy to a real world problem and have fun doing it at the same time."

Charles Koutahi

Charles KoutahiPre-Engineering Academy Instructor / Team Logistics & Planning

Oklahoma State University - Stillwater, OK

B.S. - Electrical Engineering

University of Oklahoma - Norman, OK

M.S. - Electrical Engineering 

National Board Certified Teacher​

Why I mentor for FIRST:

"I enjoy being a mentor for FIRST Robotics because it provides my students with a way to put their acquired math and engineering skills to work. FIRST Robotics also helps to teach soft skills they will use in the workplace such as time managment, teamwork, and conflict resolution."

Julia Utley

Julia Utley - Pre-Engeering Academy Instructor / Team Leader / Public Relations Mentor

University of Oklahoma - Norman, OK
B.S. - Aerospace Engineering
National Board Certified Teacher
PLTW Master Teacher - Aerospace Engineering

Why I mentor for FIRST:

"Since I do not have any children of my own, I believe it is imperiative that I invest in the younger generations.  They will shape the future. FIRST allows me to teach my students the value of math and science in a fun and meaningful way, while providing them with important life skills."

Tracy Cooper

Tracy Cooper - Pre-Engineering Academy Assistant Instructor / Team Treasurer

CAD Instructor / 3D Modeling
Extensive experience teaching Autodesk 3D design products (AutoCAD, Inventor, etc).

Why I mentor for FIRST:

"I am an advocate for any organization that encourgages students to get involved with school. FIRST and organizations like it help students to develop important life skills and helps get them involved with fellow classmates and teachers outside of a strict educational setting. The personal relationships students will develop as part of FIRST will help them to excel in their classwork and develop professionally as well as personally. I consider myself the biggest cheerleader for FIRST and the RoboDucks in the entire world because I know first hand the lasting impact it can have on a student's future." 

                                            Brad Sanders - Pre-Engineering Academy Chemistry Instructor/ Assistant Build Team Leader                                                                

                                            University of Central Oklahoma-Edmond, OK                                                                                                                                                                   B.S. Chemistry
                                                                  B.S. Education

                                           Why I mentor for FIRST:
                                                                             "It allows me to help students learn teamwork, teach them how to fix any problems that may arise, and                                                                                develop leadership skills that are needed out in the work place."

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Kyle Hill

Kyle Hill - IT  Professional / Pre-Engineering Academy Alumni 

University of Central Oklahoma - Edmond, OK

B.B.A. - Management Information Systems - Dec 2015

B.S. - Forensic Science: Digital Forensics - May 2016

Why I mentor for FIRST:

"Being involved with FIRST Robotics during High School allowed me to acquire great teamworking skills, meet new people and develop lasting friendships. FIRST has had a positive impact on my life and I want to give back to future students through mentoring."

Tyler Marxson

Tyler Marxson - Mechanical Engineer at Industrial Rubber / Pre-Engineering Academy Alumni 

University of Oklahoma - Norman, OK 

B.S. - Mechanical Engineering 

Minors in Mathematics, Electrical, and Computer Engineering


Why I mentor for FIRST:

"FIRST Robotics has helped to achieve my dream of becoming a Mechanical Engineer. Ever since I was a child, I enjoyed designing and building all sorts of nifty inventions. After hearing about the opportunity to build a functional robot and use it to compete against other teams in high school, I could not pass up the opportunity to get in on the action. Participating in FIRST allowed me to work on my design skills, but it also allowed me to meet new friends. Looking back after completing college and obtaining my Bachelors Degree in Mechanical Engineering, I can really say that FIRST has had a huge impact of my life."

Tanner Jones

Tanner Jones - Mechanical Engineer at Rentzel Pump Manufacturing / Pre-Engineering Academy Alumni

University of Oklahoma - Norman, OK 
B.S. -  Mechanical Engineering 
Minors:  Mathematics, Electrical, and Computer Engineering


Why I mentor for FIRST:

"If it wasn't for my coaches and mentors when I was a student, I don't know where I would be and I'm not sure how my designs would look. Over the course of the 3 years I was a student, I had a lot of guidance in bringing my extravagant and unclear designs to be more down-to-Earth, mechanically inclined, and more feasible as I had my designs challenged by my coach at the time, Mark Pierce. If I couldn't make a semi-functional prototype out of a design, then I probably never could realistically make the real thing, especially given the constraints that we had. Because of the challenges that myself, as well as others were presented, we were successfully capable of bringing home the General Motors award for having the best designed/built robot my senior year. Of course, I could not have done it alone though, we had lots of teamwork that year, and learning how to function as a team on the Build "Team", was really what made us successful.Now that I am a mentor, I really like to inspire, teach, and challenge the students that are where I was only a short time ago. I want to see their teamwork and communication skills develop more and more, and I really love helping them think more mechanically and methodically.