Meet the Technicbots

We are the TechnicBots, FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) team #8565 from Plano, Texas. We founded the team in 2009 and participated in Jr. FLL and FLL for five years and are now entering our eighth season competing in FTC. The TechnicBots team has constantly grown and changed, starting from 6 founding members and expanded now to a 15 member team. We are enthusiastic about engaging students with FIRST programs and robotics while also promoting STEM throughout our community. Our proudest robotics accomplishments include breaking the world record during the Velocity Vortex season, captaining the semifinalist alliance at the FIRST World Championship, receiving the North Texas Inspire Award for three seasons, and becoming a semifinalist consideration for the Inspire Award at the FIRST World Championship. We are also super excited for the FIRST team mentoring system that we built up in the past few years, where FTC teams help FLL Challenge teams and FLL Challenge teams help FLL Explore teams. In this regard, we also host many annual events to help FIRST teams move up the ladder. In 2021, we were the one of finalist teams for the worldwide FTC Innovation Challenge and became Team USA to compete for FIRST Global Challenge where we won the Gold medal of the Grand award “Discover and Recover Award” along with our alliance partner Team Zimbabwe.

Getting to Know our Team

John Dunbar

12th Grade
Youth Mentor, Hardware, CAD, and Driver Teams
Plano Senior High School

Champers Fu

12th Grade
Youth Mentor, Hardware and CAD Teams
Lebanon Trail High School

Ellen Sun

12th Grade
Youth Mentor, Scouting and Engineering Notebook Teams
Coppell High School

Otto Beall

11th Grade
Youth Mentor, Hardware Team
Plano East Senior High School


Max Fan

11th Grade
CAD Lead and Marketing Team
Lebanon Trail High School

Derek He

11th Grade
Safety/Precautions and Inventory Lead, Hardware, and Driver Teams
Plano West Senior High School


Melody Hu

11th Grade
Captain
The Hockaday School

Byron Li

11th Grade
Software and CAD Teams
Plano West Senior High School


Austin Liu

11th Grade
Youth Mentor, Hardware, and Driver Teams
Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science (TAMS)


Anthony Wang

11th Grade 
Engineering Captain and Software Team
St Mark’s School of Texas


Hrithik Maniyambeth

10th Grade
Software Team
Frisco High School


Grace Zou

10th Grade
Public Relations Manager, Marketing, and Scouting Teams
Jasper High School


Daniel Tauhert

9th Grade
Hardware, Pitcrew, and Driver Teams
Shepton High School



Isaac Chen

8th Grade
Software Team and Lawyer
Rice Middle School



Adrian Lin

8th Grade
Hardware, Pitcrew, Driver Teams, and Lawyer
Curtis Middle School


Shuopu Wang

9th Grade
Engineering Notebook Manager, Team Website Webmaster, Marketing, and Scouting Teams.
Jasper High School



Matthew Kariuki

8th Grade
Apprentice in Software Team
Cobb Middle School



Michael Yang

8th Grade
Software Team
Rice Middle School

Coach: Fang Wang

Dr. Fang Wang has been involved with FIRST Robotics programs 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 8 years. This year, she is excited to oversee 12 FIRST teams with the ACP Foundation (http://acp-foundation.org) besides coaching TechnicBots. She is not only mentoring the teams on robotics, but also putting a great emphasis on teamwork and project management skills. She has created 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, EV3 and FTC Summer camp, FTC workshop, FLL scrimmage, Joint Summer Projects with other FTC teams and mentoring other FIRST teams and Boys and Girls clubs. 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. In 2021, she coached TechnicBots for an innovation of an adaptive physical therapy device designed for children with Developmental Coordination Disorder, that entered the final round of the worldwide FTC Innovation Challenge as one of the finalist teams. She was also nominated by FTC headquarter as the Head Coach of Team USA to compete in 2021 FIRST Global Challenges and led Team USA winning the Gold medal of the Grand Award – Discover and Recover Award.  Dr. Fang Wang is a senior software engineer 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 18 years. She is a Vice President for ACP (Association of Chinese Professionals) Foundation for promoting youth STEM activities. She is the head of the FLL Explore teams, FLL Challenge teams and FTC team of ACP, responsible for coaching the rookie coaches and growing the coaching staff. 

Our Alumni

Abhishek Vijayakumar

UTD

Amanda He

Cornell

Brandon Wang

UPenn M&T

Evan Li

NorthWestern U

Jerry Chen

 A&M

Samuel Liu

Berkeley MET

Justin Jiang

Cornell

Patrick Lin

SMU