FIRST Robotics Competition Mentors

FRC Mentors play a vital role in the success of their students. Mentors work extensively with team members during the build season, designing, building, and fabricating a functional robot for Competition. Their expertise is the catalyst for the team’s and students’ success. FRC Mentors are the major distinction between the FRC program and other robotic competitions as they are wholly the professional role model for the student. Mentors engage and inspire students in ways far beyond science and technology. They enable both students and adults to appreciate the value of sportsmanship, teamwork, and Gracious Professionalism®.

We Need YOU!

BEAST can’t exist or maintain the level of excellence we’ve cultivated without our dedicated mentors, volunteers, and parents.

THANK YOU for all that you do! 

If you’d like to become involved, contact the team. We need help with organizing travel, organizing food, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, and much more.

Let us know what you do and we’ll find a way that it can help the team.

Richard Oakes, Lead Mentor

2014 Woodie Flowers Award Recipient

Richard has been with BEAST since Day 1 in 2006 when his son Tim asked him to be a mentor for this club he was starting with a friend at their high school. He has a degree in Physics and works in the IT industry. His passion for teaching and his broad knowledge of everything inspire the students of BEAST each year. Richard works primarily with the mechanical teams and guides the prototyping and design process.  
FIRST is what solidified my confidence that I was going to go into the field of engineering.

Alumni at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

Our Team Thrives Due to Our Mentor’s Background Expertise


Skills Our Mentors Possess

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Business and Marketing
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Electrical Industrial Maintenance
  • Information Technology
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Software Engineering
FIRST is an opportunity to introduce the excitement of “Engineering” to students when they are setting the ground work of their future.


The robotics program has instilled upon me, how much talent and creativity is locked up in each high school student. It’s shown me that if you give them a challenge,  along with the tools and guidance to go with it, you get absolutely amazing results.


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