Mentor Terry Brown Learns More than Basics with U.S. Air Force

It was back to school a little early this summer for 24 FIRST Mentors, including Rockford Robotics Mentor Terry Brown.

The Mentors — who were selected from over 250 applicants from across the country — were invited to attend a U.S. Air Force Leadership Experience at The Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, to fine tune their leadership skills and learn a little about rockets at the same time. The Air Force offered this unique opportunity to the Mentors as an extension of its sponsorship of  FIRST.

The two-day training, which focused on teaching teams how to work together to solve complex problems.

“The USAF Leadership Experience was the most exciting and intriguing program I have ever been a part of as an educator. Seeing STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education on that large of a level was truly amazing. There’s no doubt that I will be sharing this experience with all my classes, colleagues, and FIRST teams for years to come,”

Mentor Chris MaGee Wins Chamber of Commerce Award

Chris MageeCongratulations to Chris MaGee on being awarded the “Individual Business Catalyst of the Year” at the Rockford Chamber of Commerce Celebration of Manufacturing on March 20, 2014.

The team’s students and mentors have always appreciated Chris’s dedication and in promoting STEM education and robotics programs. It is great to see the Rockford Community recognize her contributions.

You can read more about Chris and this award in the March 21, 2014 Rockford Register Star article.