The of Team KAOS

Mentors

Team KAOS members perceive a mentor to be a person who truly dedicates their career and extra time to go above and beyond for the well being of their students. Mr. Paul Johnson has exceeded all expectations when it comes to being a mentor. He challenges students to deal with stressful situations, which develop their abilities and character, and teach them that never giving up is a major role in order to achieve one’s highest expectations. He has also given his students the ability to work independently, yet function cohesively as a team. Listening to everyone individually and providing gratifying advice that students can hold on to in the future sets him apart from other teachers. Not only is he a mentor, but a friend: an individual students can trust and ask for advice. Members on the team have connected with him on a personal level strengthening bonds. Mr. Johnson’s methods of mentoring are unique to each individual, finding ways to extract great qualities in everyone. He also encourages every student to express themselves and their ideas. Despite constant work and deadlines, he always manages to grant students the opportunity to engage in an unforgettable experience while having fun!

Mentors and Engineers
Mentors and Engineers
Mentors and Engineers

 

GE Engineers

Thanks to our partnerships, Team KAOS has been granted the opportunity to continue growing in many aspects. Our team has sustained a six-year partnership with General Electric (GE) Volunteers. Over this time period they have donated $213,000 to the team. Not only do they contribute to KAOS, but also to FIRST. GE Volunteers donated a generous $5,000 to the Lone Star Regional in 2010. With their help, the team has been able to sustain itself financially for many years. However, it is with their engineers’ generous personal contributions to the robotics program that has allowed Team KAOS to succeed. GE Engineers take time outside of work to come and educate students over their innovative ideas and technical applications. Engineers’ time is the most valuable quality that any FIRST team could have. Not only do they teach us how to mechanically build, but how to strengthen character, increase leadership skills, create friendships, and professionally work with other teams while exhibiting gracious professionalism. They motivate the team to seek a post-secondary education by enlightening us through personal experiences and inspiring us to one day join them as mentors to the team. Last year, GE Volunteers allowed three students to intern at the GE Energy facility and work real-time with other engineers and receive exposure to the corporate environment. At the end of the internship, the students presented to GE what they had learned and how they could implement corporate ideas into the robotics program. GE declared the internship a success and has promised to renew the summer internship program for 2011.

Mentors and Engineers
Mentors and Engineers
Mentors and Engineers