Mentors

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Klint Kirkconnell

Lead Mentor

As our main mentor, Klint is present at all meetings and all competitions. Not only does he provide priceless knowledge about building, SolidWorks, and business, he also mentors the team on a much more personal level. He provides us with snacks, drinks, and dinners, rides to and from competitions, and the valuable time he could just as easily spend elsewhere. He is, by far, one of the biggest supports our team has and we are very grateful for all his help and guidance. It is impossible to imagine our team without him.

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Jonathan Tator

Engineering Teacher

Mr. Tator is a CAD and engineering teacher at Torrey Pines High School. He helps manage the club and make decisions for the club, and even sometimes lets us use his machines. He comes in whenever he can and is very dedicated to the club. He helps spread awareness for STEM through the club and through his CAD/Fabrication and Engineering classes. He helps with recruitment, woodworking, design, CAD, and school relations.

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Fely Parker

Mentor / FIRST Core Values Coach

For over 7 years, Fely has been a FIRST robotics mentor for FLL, FTC and FRC teams in the PUSD and SDUHSD school districts,. She not only coaches students about FIRST Robotics Core Values, she also handles most of our team''s logistics.  As an Emmy-Award winning Operations Technician and a LIVE Newscast Director / APC Operator at NBC7 San Diego, Fely brings over 40 years of television and media knowledge that includes commercial production, sound engineering, visual graphics and automated production control directing. Her love of FIRST Robotics and seeing students grow into their full STEM potential is why she dedicates much of her time to Team 3647.

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Alex Grant

Technical Mentor

Through a large grant from the National Science Foundation, Alex is designing a lightweight electro-mechanical system that is to autonomously navigate between crop rows and measure growth indicators of a given crop. Collecting stalk size, plant height, leaf angle and inflorescence over time will give us a better understanding of environmental interactions that impact growth and production. Alex has been in FIRST since 2009, starting as a student on team 3042 and then going on to mentor team 3928 before joining our team.

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Don

Mentor

Don is a mentor who works as an Engineer for Nordson. His experience during build season is extremely valuable, and you will be hard pressed to find a day during build season where he is not present. He is always proving to be a helpful mentor during those 6 weeks.

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Paul Breed

Mentor

Paul Breed is a new mentor who has taken his experience with rocketry, aviation, drones, and remote control vehicles to good use by volunteering his time in the room. He helps give the team direction and is incredibly helpful during manufacturing. His valuable experience is versatile and applicable to almost any field, and his guidance is greatly appreciated.