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Kristian

Sue

Tommy

Joey

Sue

“My name is Sue Pedapudi. I am 17 years old and am entering my senior year at North Brunswick Township High School in North Brunswick, NJ. I am a participant in FIRST robotics as I participate in FRC, mentor FTC, and coach an FLL team. My main role on FRC Team 25, Raider Robotix, is that I am the scouting captain; I oversee the process in which we choose the right alliance partners. I joined robotics my freshman year and instantly fell in love with the program. I was on one of the three FTC teams in my school and we were very successful for rookies, as we became finalists at the New York City Regional. I then moved on to FRC and accomplished a lot with the team, having won four medals in the last two years. I also help run the Raider Robotix summer LEGO camp to educate younger children about LEGO Mindstorms and the basic concepts of building and programming robots. Outside of robotics, I am in marching band and various other clubs such as the National Honor Society, German Club, Chemistry Olympics, and FBLA. I hope to pursue engineering in college and am very interested in NASA and their space programs.”


Tommy

“Hello, my name is Tommy Ikuss and I am currently 16 years old. For the past three years, Raider Robotix Team 25 has dominated every aspect of my life, and these years have been some of the most fun and growth-filled of my entire life. I was first introduced to the team when I attended our team’s annual LEGO camp the summer after my 8th grade year, and I later joined Team 25’s FTC sister team, Team 2825, when the new school year began. Although from an early age I spent all my time  tinkering with LEGO sets, it was not until Team 25 that my love of engineering and robotics was finally solidified, and as a result, I intend on pursuing one of engineering’s many disciplines in college. Aside from Raider Robotix, I also play volleyball for my high school’s team. In the end though, engineering and building, for both Team 25 and for mere pleasure, are my biggest pleasures in life.”


Joey

“My name is Joey Ikuss and I am fifteen years old. The 2012 FRC season will be my second year on the FRC Raider Robotix team. In 2010, I was a member of one of the three FTC teams Raider Robotix helped to create. Personally, I have never worked at the LEGO camp hosted by the team, but one year I did attend as a camper. My experiences with Raider Robotix have made me consider pursuing an engineering career in college or another career path that would allow me to work with my hands and build things. Besides robotics I also play on my high school’s soccer and volleyball teams, as well as a club soccer team not affiliated with my school. Robotics has opened many new doors for me and sparked my interest in the many possible career paths I may pursue. Plus, I love the thrill of competitions at the regionals and championships.”


Kristian

Kristian Calhoun is 21 years old and is about to enter his third year of college at Drexel University where he studies computer science. Kristian was a student on FRC Team 25 for his four years in high school and has been serving as a mentor to the team for the past four years. As a student Kristian was a member of the programming and drive teams, and also helped to teach at the summer LEGO camp. He is now serving as the adult Team Captain for our Moonbots Challenge Team.

Based out of North Brunswick Township High School in North Brunswick, NJ, Raider Robotix aims to inspire students to learn and share STEM related skills through participating in robotics competitions and community outreach events. The Raider Robotix Moonbot team is composed of three student members and one alumnus of FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) Team 25.  Sue, Tommy, and Joey all partook in the FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) for one year before joining and becoming student leaders on the current Raider Robotix FRC Team. They now give back to the community by mentoring other FTC and FLL teams, and by helping to teach a summer robotics camp that makes use of the LEGO Mindstorms platform. Their mentor for this challenge, Kristian, has been involved with FIRST Robotics for six years and is currently pursuing a computer science degree. Learn more about each of our team’s members below.

Moonbots 2.0 Challenge Team 364

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