Horsepower (FRC 801) @ ROBOTICON Tampa Bay 2015 - Show Notes

Horsepower (FRC 801) @ ROBOTICON Tampa Bay 2015

Saturday Oct 10, 2015 (00:09:25)


Dating back to 2002, FRC Horsepower has been around for a long time. Over 13 seasons, they have seen a lot of game styles come and go and a lot of changes to FIRST. They have also seen their share of the best and worst of competition. After seeing their robot destroyed the night before competition in 2013, they were able to reconstruct it with the help of the entire FIRST community.

Very few competitive organizations foster the idea of community to the point where Gracious Professionalism comes before personal gain, and competitors come together to help their competition. Horsepower, however, can speak to the benefits of that environment.

We spoke with John Wells, team safety captain, about his time on the team and what he plans on doing after school.

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Scott Ertz


Scott is a developer who has worked on projects of varying sizes, including all of the PLUGHITZ Corporation properties. He is also known in the gaming world for his time supporting the rhythm game community, through DDRLover and hosting tournaments throughout the Tampa Bay Area. Currently, when he is not working on software projects or hosting F5 Live: Refreshing Technology, Scott can often be found returning to his high school days working with the Foundation for Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST), mentoring teams and helping with ROBOTICON Tampa Bay. He has also helped found a student software learning group, the ASCII Warriors, currently housed at AMRoC Fab Lab.

Daniele Mendez


Daniele is a student at Florida Polytechnic University who is studying Computer Science with a concentration in Cyber Security. In High School, she was introduced to the science and technology world through the Foundation for Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST), a robotics foundation where students of varying ages can compete through tasks that their robots perform. With help from mentors she met through FIRST, she became interested in programming and developing. Today, Daniele is a special events host for F5 Live: Refreshing Technology and PLuGHiTz Live Special Events and a co-host for both The New Product Launchpad and FIRST Looks.

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