Team Members

Coding Team

Ali

My name is Ali. I am in 8th grade at Baker Middle School in Troy MI. I am part of the Baker Dynamics 17155 Robotics Team. I am part of the coding/programming and social media teams. This is my first time working on the Robotic Team. However, I do have a small amount of previous experience with coding. I joined the Robotics team because I have an interest in coding and building. Also, my grandfather and older brother are engineers. In the future I want to be a doctor with a specialization in robotic procedures.

Ethan

Hi my name is Ethan.  I am an 8th grader at Baker middle school.  I joined robotics to improve my programming skills.  It is really satisfying to see how my programming has affected the robot.  I cannot wait to see the robot in action at the competition!

Nandhana

I am in 6th grade at Baker Middle School Troy, MI. I am a member of Baker Dynamics (Team 17155) robotics team. I am in the subteam of coding and business/marketing. I designed a logo. This is my first time in robotics. I Joined robotics program to learn more about engineering, building robots and coding. I also want to have peer interactions. 

Nidheesh

I am in 8th grade at Baker Middle School Troy, MI. I am a member of Baker Dynamics (Team 17155) robotics team. I am involved in overall planning, design, coding, and business/marketing. I helped my father who is the mentor 1 in initial team planning and meeting as I have experience from 2018-19. I joined Robotics so that I can learn more about STEAM. In future I want to have a career in designing for robotics, car, automotive, automation of machines etc. and engineering. 

Vaishnav

I am in 8th grade at Baker Middle School Troy, MI. I am a member of Baker Dynamics (Team 17155) robotics team. I am involved in coding.

I help my father who is the programming mentor 2. This is my first year in robotics.

I joined Robotics so that I can learn more about the technical side of things as I go to a lot of the build team meeting though i am in the programming team. 

I also joined because i think that this will help me when i grow up.

Ved

I love my sisters, and I am a cat person, (nice pun) I love ice cream and I love to play video games. (Mostly Minecraft) I am a coder, and I am Indian, I am 11 and I go to baker. I love robotics and I have built many robots, (Mostly Lego). And I am part of team 17155. I am a fun and loving person. 

Building Team

Anthony

Hi my name is Anthony. I am a sixth grader at Baker Middle School. I’m part of the Baker Dynamics 17155 robotics team and part of the build team. This is my first time doing any type of robotics for middle school. I was very interested in the club and wanted to join.

Devesh

I am in 8th grade at Baker Middle School. I am part of the build team. This is my second time working on this team. The reason I joined robotics is to find more about robots and see what they do. It’s fun building a robot. I had experience building Legos when I was 5 years old.

Eva

Hi, my name is Eva, I’m in the 7th grade and I joined robotics because, I love working with people and building. I had done lego robotics in the past for 2 years and this year I wanted a new experience and to meet new people.

Kanisha

My name is Kanisha, and I’m a 7th grader at Baker Middle School, Troy, MI. I am in the Baker Dynamics 17155 robotics Team. I am in the Build team (armature/delivery mechanism). This is my first time in robotics, and I look forward to the competitions. I Joined robotics because I thought it was a fun and interesting learning experience. I learned about engineering, robot designing, being creative, and problem solving.

My name is Mokshith and I am a 6th grader at baker Middle school Troy, Michigan. I am a representative of the Baker Dynamics 17155 building team. I took part in making the Drive Train/ wheel mechanism for the 2021 Baker Dynamics robot. This is my first year in robotics. I wanted to join robotics so that I could expand my skills and knowledge in STEM and other mechanically related equipment.

My name is Pranav Bodavula, and I’m a 6th grader at Baker Middle School at Troy, MI. I am representing the Baker Dynamics – 17155 robotics team. I’m part of the build team – Drive Train. This is my first year in robotics, I had prior knowledge with the blocks programming knowledge. I wanted to join robotics so that it will be a fun and interesting learning experience to develop the knowledge and skills in STEM.

Hi, my name is Saaya Shrikant, I’m a 7th grader at Baker Middle School. I’m a part of the Baker Dynamics 17155 Robotics Team, specifically the build team. This is my first time being a part of the baker robotics team. I’ve had previous experience working with robots and challenges of the sort individually on a smaller scale however, I joined robotics because I wanted to see how I could work with a team and learn more through the process of building a robot suitable for our challenge and challenge myself as well through trying new things. 

I am Vaibhav an 8th grader from Baker Middle School.  I am a member of Baker Dynamics (Team 17155) robotics team.I am part of build team specifically involved in the intake mechanism .Before starting this project I have no idea of how to build or design robot.  Now I have gained knowledge to design the parts of a robot and to improve the design based on the functional performance of the robot.

Coaches

Brandon – Programming Coach

I am a senior software developer with over 24 years professional experience.  My son has showed a lot of interest in STEM over the years, so we have participated in various activities like Science Olympiad.  I really believe in the value these programs provide, and the benefits provided to the kids are long lasting.  My job as the programming coach for the 2021 17155 team is to help guide the kids along a path and help them through any roadblocks they encounter.  I have a strong belief that its important kids need to experience failures and setbacks in order to grow and learn.

Ramesh – Build Coach

I am a software developer by profession with 14+ years of experience.  I have been interested in designing and programming since my childhood.             

I have designed and developed several safety related circuits and published in EFY back in India when I was studying for my graduation. I have participated and coach the kids for science Olympiad in 2019-2020, My son showed a lot of interest in making and doing small projects at home. My experience and My son’s interest triggered me to be involved in robotics. This is my first year coaching build team and lot of experience gathered and definitely this will be the next generation skills that students can learn, inherit and apply to their challenging world.

Siva B – Build team: Parent mentor

I’m a software engineer. My son participated in a couple of Science Olympiad events and I’d helped the kids on the same. We wanted to try something different to have fun and learn apart from the academics, which triggered us to join robotics. This is my first year in robotics. I strongly feel that this program will help the kids to grow and expand their skills in multiple areas and build the road for their bright future.

Suresh Palaniyandi- Mentor 1: 

I’m a Professor and Cardiac Researcher by profession. I’m interested in helping kids to learn STEM activities. This is my second time being a parent mentor for the FTC robotics. I have coached kids for Science Olympiad as well. In the role of Mentor-1, I do overall planning and facilitating our team’s activities. I delegate tasks to other team members and make sure all the training, building/coding, practice, business/outreach activities and integration are happening. Besides, I’m in charge of administration, communication, ordering and finance. 

Vijay Gajjala – Mentor 2: 

I am working as a database administrator in Info Tech and have an academic background in Industrial Eng.

I like to work with kids to assist them in exhibiting their skills and talent, which will  be building blocks for their future career. And also helped my kids to participate and succeed in their science projects.

For the first time I am working in our team as a mentor to assist and coordinate all activities of our team members.