Combining the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology, the FIRST Robotics Competition is the ultimate Sport for the Mind. Steel Ridge participants call it “the hardest fun you’ll ever have.” Under strict rules, limited resources, and an intense six-week time limit, teams of students are challenged to establish a game strategy, prototype mechanisms, build and program industrial-size robots to play a difficult field game against teams throughout Washington and Oregon. It’s as close to real-world engineering as a student can get.
The team has started to prepare for the 2022 Season, Rapid Reaction. Spring robotics practices have started, if you are interested in joining the team please contact Coach Brink for more information about the time and location for team meetings: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Our Coaches and Mentors
Jeff Brink, a Physics and Chemistry at Ridgefield High School, has 27 years of teaching and coaching experience. He graduated from Western Washington University in 1991 and received his master’s degree in 1998. Outside of teaching Jeff has a passion for design and building. He has remodeled several homes in Ridgefield and built two others before he became a teacher. Jeff will be working with the Mechanicals Team and the Business Team.
Steve Rinard, Graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Washington State University in 2007. He has been teaching at Ridgefield HS since 2008. Steve has taught mathematics and recently began teaching Introduction to Engineering and Design and Computer Science Principles. Steve will be working with the Programming Team and the Event Drive Team.
Stephanie Horn, Graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Washington State University in 2015. She has been teaching at Ridgefield High School since 2017. Stephanie teaches mathematics and has a big passion for getting other girls passionate about math and science. She has a lot to learn about robotics but is excited to get started!
Chris Shipp is the woods and metal CTE teacher at Ridgefield High School. He brings many years of design and fabrication experience to the team. His design projects include jet engine parts for Boeing, fire sprinkler systems, and commercial/residential design. For the past few years Chris has been building and running computer controlled fabrication machines. Chris will be working with the Drive System Team.
Chad Stryker is an electrical hardware engineer who designs and tests printed circuit assemblies. He is currently employed by Tektronix Inc. in Beaverton, OR to develop circuitry for electronic test equipment. During his career, Chad has also designed and developed electronics for notebook computers, commercial printers and motorcycle dashboards. Chad has been part of the Ridgefield community since 2002.
Kris Holter is a machinist/fabricator who manufacturers parts from engineered prints. He is currently working for Applied Motion Systems in Vancouver, WA. The company designs machinery for manufacturing companies such as Georgia Pacific, Leatherman Tool and Boeing. He has been a machinist for over 25 years, working for other companies such as Columbia Machine and Paul Schurman Machine.
Steven Hull is a machinist who is currently working at Boeing Commercial Airplanes in Oregon programming CNC machine motion for large airplane parts. Steve has a long career of solving machining problems and making complex parts for Cessna, Airbus, and Boeing. Steve makes jewelry and is a member of the Mount Hood Rock Club
Bryan Caddy, is a Senior Network Security Engineer and Compliance Officer for General Electric (GE). He has extensive experience in infrastructure engineering and architecture. Also Bryan has a-lot of
experience with internet security of software products hosted in the cloud and data centers. He is certified and or trained in ISO27001 Lead Implementer certification , Hippa / HiTrust Compliance trained, Payment Card Industry (PCI) implementer, and a member of the FBI Infra-guard community organization protecting key infrastructure in the US. He participates in several local and national security related forums as part of is compliance position with GE. His hobby is making stuff with his 3D printers for his triplet boys.