Meet Our Family

Where Ordinary People do the Extraordinary



Engineering Captain

I partake in just about everything our robotics team does! From planning leadership meetings, organizing events and coding the website to designing/CADing the robot, manufacturing, and on a rare occasion helping with programming. I work to understand every aspect of our club and team so that I can be the best leader possible for our members!

Besides the obvious passion for robotics, I like to watch and play football when I get the chance, rock climb with my friends, design and 3D print cool things, and relax while watching The Office! These only happen on rare occasions however as 9 times out of 10 I am either doing homework or robotics when not at school!

I think it is possible for ordinary people to choose to be extraordinary.

Elon Musk


Programming Captain

I'm the Programming Captain of the robotics team. I spend my time leading the development of each years software along with leading research into new algorithms and technologies to use for improving our capability and efficiency.

Outside of robotics, I enjoy participating in a plethora of activities. I play one of the lesser known orchestral instruments (the Viola) I practice fitness either through sports or by going to the gym. I love going to the movies, checking out the what the local Blockbuster has to offer, and watching the new seasons of the X-Files (which is by far, superior to the original).

A quotation, like a pun, should come unsought, and then be welcomed only for some propriety of felicity justifying the intrusion.

Robert Chapman


Outreach Captain

I oversee the OutReach section and help coordinate the events the team participate in. Robotics is a place for me to practice my leadership, speaking, and interpersonal skills. I work mainly in community outreach and establishing connections with companies and future sponsors. I love to work with children and spread the love of STEM throughout the community. Go Geared Reaction!

I'm passionate about the arts. I love to create and learn about music. Outside of robotics, I'll usually be playing the piano or hanging out with friends.<

Today you are you! That is truer than true! There is no one alive who is you-er than you!

Dr. Seuss



I am interested in the programming and outreach aspects of robotics. I have taken a few coding classes in the past and I've always had fun with them. Outreach always has interesting activities like making heat pads for dogs or planning events.

I am interested in anything and everything art related. From watching art restoration videos to doing drawing challenges with my friends. I love it all! But most of the time if you find me doing something not robotics related, it’s probably going to be school work. A more random interest I have is public utilities. The way these public utilities assist each other reminds me of gracious professionalism in the FIRST program.

I want to be smart and I want everyone to be smart. That way, we can make better choice to make the world better.




My favorite part about robotics is the community that it has nurtured. No matter what your skills are, or what your interests are, there is always a place for you in robotics. Personally, I really enjoy engineering and I am able to work with others with the same interest on the team. Also the snacks.

I enjoy doing random projects whether its related to technology, art, or engineering. My favorite past time however has to be playing video games.

I don't know what I'd do without video games, maybe something more productive.

Spencer Kinder


The things the interest me the most about Robotics are that you get to learn a lot of really cool skills like programming, engineering, build and more and having fun at the same time. I like it when I learn a skill and then I use that skill to benefit the team and give me a sense of pride and accomplishment.

Some of my interests outside of Robotics include Reading, building with Lego and playing video games. The type of books that I like the most and read are about Star Wars, because I like to learn more about the characters I see in the movies and TV shows. When I was 5 or 6 years old, I got my first Lego set and really like building it and then getting to play with what I built. Now, my room is filled with Lego everywhere and I still like to get and build new sets.

Happiness can be found in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban


I am very interested in the programming aspect of robotics and find it very compelling. I’ve taken and am enrolled in Computer Science classes and Robotics is another way to gain experience. I am also interested in engineering but don’t have a lot of experience but would love to learn. Lastly, the opportunity to spread robotics across our community is appealing because the more people interested in robotics the better!

Outside of robotics I love working with computer hardware and learning about new hardware innovations and technology. I built my PC last winter and plan on upgrading it as time goes on. I also like photo editing and am self taught in Photoshop. Next year I plan on taking AP Digital Photography to get better at Photoshop. Lastly, most people wouldn’t expect it but I also love country music and like to listen to new artists and albums along with some personal favorites of course.

Adventure is out there!



I like going through identifying the problem and then working to solve it. I also like programming and want to increase my skills as a programmer. I also like video editing and really enjoyed creating the reveal video for the ftc team last year with other members.

I am in Orchestra and have played the cello for 3 years, and the viola for 2 years before that. I also like math and astronomy, and want to either work at NASA or as a Doctor. I also enjoy learning about history and reading fantasy and Sci fi books.

Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts

Winston Churchill


Outreach has become my life since joining Union Robotics two years ago, slowly scraping away at my sanity. But nonetheless, being able to connect with people from all walks of life, planning events, designing marketing collateral, and writing the "lovely" notebook has become something that I enjoy. I love being able to reach out to companies, present at schools/events, and bring STEM to even more people. This is especially made better by the amazing robotics family around me.

Outside of robotics, I do a heck heck heckity lot. I have played violin and piano for years, enjoying every second of it. Additionally, I play tennis, and have played on varsity for two years. Other organizations/clubs I am involved with include the Clark County Youth Commission, and STEM Academy. Any time that I can spend with my family, I take. I also love traveling, watching movies, and fat cats. Food is my life - I'm always baking with the "outreach bakers", as we have deemed ourselves. You'll often find me drinking a gallon of hot tea and watching Netflix.

People say nothing is impossible, but I do nothing every day.

Winnie the Pooh


In robotics what interests me most is all the engineering side of the team. I’ve always been amazed at how we can put ideas together and have an end result out of all those prototypes and designs and in the end it all comes together to make a working robot. What I like most about the team is the competition, I love being able to see a result for all the hard work that is put in by qualifying to competitions.

Outside of robotics?? Outside of robotics and aside from doing homework, I like to stay home and read a book, draw or just jam out to music. Every now and then I like to hang out with friends and have a girls night out. I also really enjoy sleeping whenever I get the chance.

You got to hand it to short people...cause they usually can't reach it



I enjoy the process of coming up with ideas, building and revising those ideas to make an even better design, and eventually ending up with a great final product. I like to solve problems and think I’m good at it too. I am most interested in learning more about programming and experiencing the outreach side of things a bit too.

I always love to learn anything new, play cello, have a very expansive Lego collection and enjoy playing games. Any new information I can gather or skills I can learn I enjoy learning. I have built many different Lego contraptions and am currently doing some research on making a Lego gun. I like all games, video games, board games, not so much card games, anything really though.

I like to meet a variety of different and unique people, so am basically in one way or another part of every group. I enjoy almost anything that involves creativity, which is part of why I love robotics. I am a very creative person and like to build. I can easily just come up with a (possibly mildly morally questionable) joke on the spot, and enjoy making other people enjoy living. I have a fun and exciting personality but can also get stuff done.


Robotics is so much more than what most people think about robotics. While I love brainstorming, "CAD-ing", and testing a ton, nothing compares to the fun and unexpected things that you come across at Robotics! I love the mistakes that we all make and laughing at the millions of times that we do something unexpected or stupendously stupid.

Beyond robotics, I love sitting down for hours and playing an unnecessarily long and complex board games. I also enjoy getting out of the house and playing a round of golf or a game of ultimate frisbee. Smaller interests include reading and wasting time changing computer settings, including, personalizing every background and profile photo I can think of.

What happens at Robotics stays in Robotics...

Geared Reaction Eng.and Prog. team (Houston TX, 2019)


Although all three aspects of robotics interests me, the engineering aspect of robotics most interests me because there are many situations where quick problem solving skills are required and I happen to love coming up with solutions to challenges in a short period of time. I particularly enjoy the satisfying feeling I get as well as accomplishment when the project I worked on with my teammates successfully did its purpose, making the hours of devotion worth it

Apart from robotics, I passionately enjoy reading while listening to music and watching movies. I also love playing the clarinet, hanging out with my friends, and volunteering for the community. In addition, I find pleasure in learning new things especially in STEM related subjects. But above all of these favorable things, I have been interested in this one thing since the day I was born; sleep.

What we learn with pleasure, we never forget

Alfred Mercier


What I like most about robotics is the team in general. I also really love how it gives me something to do and how it's made me open up socially. I like how the team isn't just work and there's still some fun that happens. What does it mean most about robotics in the engineering of our moving parts.

It's mine on robotics interest are animals and video games. When I'm not in robotics I spend most of my time playing video games or doing homework. Irie love animals and I've even baked cookies for the dogs at a shelter.

The one thing that's very fun about robotics is our outreach events they're great and they allow me to meet a lot of new people.


On the FTC team, I am a part of the programming team where we write commands the robot will follow. We also set up motors and sensors the robot will be using in order to collect information on its surroundings. My goal is to become a reliable programmer by the end of the season. But I also like doing random projects that may or may not be directly related to robotics for the Outreach Team.

I love to dance and am in a competitive dance team. I do hip hop, contemporary, ballet, etc. I also play a traditional Japanese instrument called the Koto with my mother in Portland. In my free time, you will most likely find me sleeping in some weird position, or jamming out to some music with my beloved earbuds. (Not AirPods)

When something goes wrong in your life, just yell, "PLOT TWIST!" and move on.


Coach Haika

Co-Coach & Team Adviser

I view my role as an opportunity to support guide and provide resources and skill training to students to help them grow and learn in their robotics field. I want to help them develop their leadership potential and provide as many real world opportunities as possible.

I love my family, to hike, gardening, horses and traveling.

The more I get involved in the FIRST program the more I realize what an amazing program it is and how much it offers to students. I encourage every school to start a FIRST robotics club.


Coach Jennifer


With this being my first year as a co-coach for the FTC Team, I am still in learning mode and gaining knowledge about everything from registration fees and travel paperwork to servos and carbon fiber. However, what I lack in technical knowledge I try to make up for in commitment to the students and the program.

When I am not at robotics, I like to spend my time planning the next family travel adventure, family movie nights, watching my daughter's soccer games, and getting outside as often as possible to camp, ski, ride bikes etc.

I truly believe in the benefits of the FIRST Robotics Programs - they provide such an amazing opportunity for students, giving them exposure to STEM fields and leadership opportunities.


Coach Shaull


In reality, I am here for the team, whatever they may need. My goal is to help each team member, and the team as a whole, develop all of the hard and soft skills they need to be successful and become well-rounded contributors to their community. Whether this means giving guidance to help them work through and solve problems, help them learn new approaches and techniques, encourage the sharing of knowledge, or celebrate their accomplishments, I am excited to be a part of the FIRST and Geared Reaction families.

I am a builder and tinkerer. I enjoy using technology to solve problems, building things, wrenching on cars, and composing music.

Knowledge and experience is most powerful when shared others. No matter what we learn throughout our lives, we all grow and become better people when we share that with others.