Meet the Technicbots
We are the Technicbots, FIRST FTC team #8565 from Plano, Texas. We founded the team in 2009 and participated in Jr. FLL and FLL for five years, and this is now our sixth season competing in FTC. The TechnicBots team has constantly grown and changed. We started with 6 founding members and have now expanded to a 14 member team. We are enthusiastic about engaging students with FIRST programs and robotics while also promoting STEM throughout our community. Our proudest accomplishments include hosting annual FLL and FTC scrimmages, and an annual North Texas FTC workshop, all while connecting to and mentoring Jr. FLL, FLL, FTC and FRC teams across the nation.
Getting to Know our Team
Anthony is a freshman at St. Mark’s School of Texas. This is his 9th year in FIRST, and his 3rd year in FTC. Anthony is passionate about writing software on the team. In his spare time, he enjoys doing speech and debate, programming, gaming, and rock climbing.
Audrey is a freshman at Jasper High School, and this is her 9th year in FIRST and 3rd year in FTC. On the team, she manages the notebooks and marketing. Aside from robotics, Audrey likes art, dance, and journaling.
Austin is a freshman at Lebanon Trail High School. This is his 9th year in the FIRST program and his 3rd year in the FTC team. He highly enjoys the process of building the main robot and the attachments. However, outside of the robotics, Austin has a passion for tennis, computers, and video gaming.
Byron is a freshman at Jasper High School. This is his first year in the FIRST and his first year in the FTC team. He enjoys working with the software team to write code. When he’s not programming, he enjoys debate, reading, and theatre.
Champers is a sophomore at Lebanon Trail High School. This is his first year in the FIRST program and his first year in a FTC team. He is on the hardware team. Outside of robotics, he swims and enjoys creating circuits.
Derek is a freshman at Jasper High School. This will be his 9th year in the FIRST program and 3rd in FTC. His role on the team is with the hardware side and being a builder. Derek likes playing cello, soccer, and gaming.
Ellen is a sophomore at Coppell High School. This is her first year in FIRST and in the FTC team. On the team, she manages scouting. Outside of robotics, she likes reading, playing the piano, and art.
Hrithik is an 8th Grader at Lawler Middle School. This is his 2nd year in FTC and 3rd Year in FIRST. This is his first year on the team and is a junior member. He is part of the software team and helps code and make the robot move. Some of his hobbies are programming in other languages, violin, piano, and swimming.
John Dunbar is a sophomore at Clark High School. This is his 2nd year in FIRST and FTC, but his 1st year on the team. He is part of the build team and keeps track of the FTC forums for rule updates and major changes. Outside of robotics, he enjoys playing the tuba, programming, and reading.
Max Fan is a freshman at Lebanon Trail High School. He has been in FIRST for 7 years ever since 2011. He did Jr. FLL for 3 years and FLL for 3 years. This is his third year in FTC. He enjoys learning about CAD and is now the CAD lead for the younger members. In his spare time he likes to play video games, read, or watch anime.
Melody is a freshman at The Hockaday School. This is her eighth year in FIRST and her third year in FTC. On the team, she manages outreach. Aside from robotics, Melody enjoys dancing and hanging out with friends.
Otto is a freshman at Plano East Senior High School. This is his 1st year in FTC and 3rd Year in FIRST. He is part of the building team and helps design and construct the components that make the robot work. He enjoys fishing, sailing, camping, and playing the piano.
Brandon is a senior at Plano West Senior High School. He joined the Technicbots when it was an FLL team, and this is now his 6th season in FTC. He is the senior software mentor for the team. Brandon also enjoys playing tennis, debate, baking cookies, and microwaving things.
Evan is a senior at Plano West Senior High School. He is in his 6th year in the FIRST program, starting in FTC with the team. Evan is currently the senior hardware mentor. In his free time, he likes to binge-watch TV shows.
Coach: Fang Wang
Dr. Fang Wang has been involved with FIRST Robotics program since 2009. She has been coaching two Jr. FLL Teams for a total of 4 years, coaching two FLL teams for a total of 7 years, and coaching FTC teams for 5 years. This year, she is excited to coach the TechnicBots FTC team, which formed from both FLL teams she coached before. She is not only mentoring the team on robotics, but also putting a great emphasis on teamwork and project management skills. She has supported many opportunities for the team to reach out to the community to help the team improve their communication, organization, and presentation skills, such as the Youth Robotics Fair, FTC workshop, FLL scrimmage, and the Joint Summer Chassis Project with other FTC teams. In past years, she led the team to break the world record in the Velocity Vortex season and become a semifinalist alliance captain at the 2017 Houston World Championship. Dr. Fang Wang is a Solution Architect with IBM Watson Health. She has been teaching robotics in the IBM sponsored GIGA WOT (Girls Inspired Greatly About World Of Technology) summer camp for over 15 years. She is also a board member for ACP (Association of Chinese Professionals) Foundation for promoting youth STEM activities. She is also the head coach of the Jr. FLL and FLL teams of ACP, responsible for coaching the rookie coaches.