About Our Coaches
MUNDELEIN HIGH SCHOOL STAFF
Manny Aldana is the head coach of MHS Robotics. Since he rebooted the team two years ago, he has worked wonders in advising members of the team to achieve great progress. His strong work ethic and determination give students an exceptional model of success. He receives a great sense of pride in seeing his students develop and improve upon themselves. "I see our students as the catalysts in advancing STEM at Mundelein High School and in the world," stated Aldana.
Since joining the team's staff this year, Andrew Hood has been a valuable asset to MHS Robotics. He keeps morale high with his inspirational anecdotes and witty humor. He says that his goal as a coach is to, "reciprocate the passion and drive that our students put forth to the team." As with Aldana, Hood is also instilled with pride when watching the team "work cohesively towards a mutual goal." There is always a wave of excitement when Hood enters the robotics lab.
We are a robotics team located at Mundelein High School in Mundelein, IL. Our team was restarted in 2018, and we began to compete in the VEX Robotics Challenge. Over the past two years, we have won three local tournaments, and we have competed in state and national level competitions. Last season we traveled to Google's headquarters in California to compete in their signature event. All members of the team are extremely grateful for our quick success.
This season we are going to continue completing in the VEX Tower Takeover Challenge. We currently have two robots qualified to take part in the Illinois State Championship. In addition, we also have one robot qualified to compete in a national level competition at the Air and Space Museum in Virginia. Some of our members will travel there to represent MHS Robotics at the end of January, 2020.
Our team has a strong drive of enthusiasm and motivation towards achieving our goals. Since we have climbed to a higher level of success early in our team's development, our team has been built on optimism and anticipation. "Every tournament is full of energy and is easy to coach," said coach Hood. The team's coaches and prominent members are determined to build and develop this young team so it can reach its full potential.
In addition to working on our own robots, MHS Robotics has been able to mentor youth from the local middle school, Carl Sandburg. Twice a week students from Carl Sandburg are able to use our new state of the art STEM facilities, receive guidance from MHS Robotics students, and get a sneak preview of what it's like to participate in robotics at MHS. The program gives opportunities to receive STEM exposure at a young age, and it prepares middle schoolers for the high school robotics experience. “It is empowering to pass on my robotics knowledge to the younger youth as they are the future of MHS Robotics,” said Sophomore Steffen Brown.