Q&A with FRC Team 4335 Coach, Joe Rizo
For the past five years, Joe Rizo has served as a coach and mentor for the GSCTX FRC (First Robotics Competition) Team 4335, The Metallic Clouds. Passionate and dedicated, Joe helped lead the team from Waco, TX to St. Louis, MO to compete in the First Robotics Championships this past spring. Check out our full Q&A with him below.
How did you become team coach?
What is your overall vision for the Metallic Clouds?
My vision for the Metallic Clouds is to have a team that promotes STEM and encourages girls from all backgrounds to experience STEM through robotics and Girl Scouts.
Why should parents know about STEM and STEM careers?
One thing I hear some parents say is “I don’t think my child is smart enough to do that, to be an engineer.” We aim to break that perception, while we promote our engineers, there is so much more to STEM than just engineering. Our program is more than the robot. We need graphic designers, multimedia personal, marketing savvy girls who can help in other ways besides the construction of the robot. Most people forget, the T in STEM stands for technology and there is a lot of technology involved in what we do.
Favorite memory from the 2015-2016 season?