ATFirm PLLC Partner Ralph Albrecht helped mentor the Falls Church High School (FCHS) Robotics Club's FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) Team 6504 through its award-winning rookie season. The team was the recipient of two Rookie Inspiration Awards at Regional FRC Tournaments. Albrecht, along with fellow volunteer coach Sokhom Kith of the Naval Research Labs (NRL) have been mentoring the FCHS Robotics Club the past three years at FCHS in FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC), as well as in VEX Robotics Competition (VRC) class robotics competitions. A former FIRST Lego League mentor and volunteer coach at Fairhill Elementary School, Albrecht has found rewarding the increasing complexity of guiding the youth members, as they tackle ever more demanding STEM challenges. Albrecht, a former avionics systems development and submarine command control system, electrical engineer at IBM, and present intellectual property law partner, finds it satisfying staying up to date on the latest technologies, to help guide the students he leads. "We guide the kids in programming in Java and RobotC, and mobile applications in Android Studio and website development in HTML5, PHP, and MySQL, Vision Processing and Arduino development, and other robotics and software development platforms"says Albrecht. "I love working with the kids, teaching them to solder, design and manufacture using 3D Printing, and in building these sophisticated electro-mechanical multi-subsystem robots. We helped launch the robotics club at FCHS with computer science teachers Mr. Dan Tra, and Mr. John Bertha, and have continued to have the club grow and flourish with the help of tech shop teach Mr. Jim Steele, and the support of Principal Dr. Ben Nowak." The school has appreciated the support from ATFirm PLLC over the years.
The FCHS Robotics Club's rookie FRC 2017 season culminated with a visit from The Hon. Don Beyer, Congressman of Virginia's 11th District, along with School Board Representative Sandy Evans, shown here at the FCHS Innovation Lab, on the eve of the March for Science in Washington, DC.
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