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Rachel Burdick's Laudate Dominum solo with ARS

Rachel Burdick sings the solo part of this Mozart piece from the Solemn Vespers. ARS is the Arizona Repertory Singers.
I am a volunteer mentor and coach for FIRST Robotics Competition. I am currently a mentor/coach on team 4048, RedShift, at Westborough High School, Westborough, MA. RedShift's rookie year was 2012, and I joined at the beginning of the 2012-2013 school year. Besides sharing a lead mentor role with the founder of the team, my main role is as the principal mentor on the hardware design and build and sharing coaching responsibilities at competitions. The team went to the world championship in the 2015 season, and qualified for it in the 2016 season, deciding to decline for practical reasons (mentors had to work and the timing was not right for the school year.) Regular competions were suspended in 2020 and 2021 because of the Covid-19 pandemic, but it looks like we will be able to start again for the 2022 season.

For the 2009 - 2012 seasons, I mentored and coached teams 1510 (Wildcats) and 2898 (Flying Hedgehogs) in Beaverton, OR. Team 1510 won the 2011 Cascade regional competition in Seattle and the 2011 Portland competition Chairman's award, so we were invited to the World Championship in St. Louis, where we came out around the middle of the field against the best teams in the world. Both teams made the elimination rounds at the 2012 Oregon regional and at the 2012 Seattle regionals. Though I relocated to Westborough, Massachusetts in March, 2012, I coached team 2898 in April one last time at the World Championship in St. Louis.

This was the talk of the tournament for the rest of the day.

There was a lot of good media coverage of FIRST Robotics over the years from very visible outlets like CNN and ABC. Another major shot in the arm for visibility of FIRST is the collaboration of Will.i.am, who has done a great deal to promote the program and competitions.

Will.i.am presents the 2011 FIRST Robotics World Championship, including clips of the half time concert by the Black Eyed Peas, and introduced by President Obama. Nine minutes and 39 seconds into the video, you can see team 1510's Quentin (in red) rocking out at the concert. This You Tube video was posted by FTC team 3415

FIRST robotics is profiled as an example of a technology education program that works across the demographic spectrum. Lot's of FRC action here with teams 842, 1403 and 3675, three teams with very different demographics and students with very different stories. There are six parts to this video, hosted on YouTube by Team 2403, Plasma Robotics