One of WIRED's goals is to mentor teams in need, especially those who are competing in BEST for the very first time. Download our Standard Bot instructions, wheel hub drawing, and Minimum Tools Requirement for building a BEST robot here.

At the 2017 USTEM kickoff for Crossfire, WIRED mentors Mr. Knerr and Mr. Quiocho provided sessions on building a robot and programming the electronics. These presentations can be downloaded here.

Part I. Basic Robot Construction

Part II. Intro to Robot Electronics and Software

Mentor Steve Knerr

Mr. Knerr began working with WIRED as an involved parent in 2004. He gradually became a mentor as two of his children were on the team.When he is not mentoring WIRED, he works as a Senior Systems Engineer at ExxonMobil in Baytown Texas where he keeps the process control systems running smoothly. He enjoys travelling and sailing. Mr. Knerr has 4 children, 3 of which are currently away studying engineering or music at college.

Mentor Les Quiocho

After serving several years as Kit Committee Chair for Space City BEST, Mr. Quiocho began mentoring WIRED in 2005 when his oldest son became a member of the team. His youngest son joined the team 5 years later and is now a senior in high school, getting ready for college. While not mentoring, Mr. Quiocho is a Senior Robotics Engineer with the NASA Johnson Space Center who specializes in on-orbit manipulator systems (dynamics and controls). He enjoys spending time outdoors with his 2 sons, particularly camping and hiking, and traveling with his wife.

Faculty Advisor Mrs. Pfeifer

In addition to teaching 6th and 8th grade GT Science, Mrs. Lisa Pfeifer has been faculty advisor to WIRED Robotics for the last eight seasons. With a Career and Technology Education background as well as a minor in Marketing, Mrs. Pfeifer is equally at home in the build lab and the Public Relations side of Robotics. Outside of Westbrook, she likes to travel, spend time in the woods and garden.

“I see BEST robotics as an opportunity for students to develop problem solving, creativity and collaboration skills that will carry them forward into many STEM careers.”

Mentor Brandon Quiocho

Brandon Quiocho, previous WIRED member (2005-2008), started mentoring this year after graduating from the University of Texas at Dallas with a Software Engineering degree. When he is not mentoring, he works as a Software Engineer at Tietronix Software Inc. in Houston Texas. He enjoys gaming, boxing, and playing board games with friends.

Mentor Alex Lin

Alex Lin has worked with WIRED the past 2 years as an involved parent and mentor. His son is currently a member of WIRED as robot base/chassis builder and driver. In addition to helping WIRED he also mentors the Robo Rockets VEX IQ teams at North Pointe Elementary. While not mentoring, he works at the NASA Johnson Space Center building simulation software. He enjoys playing basketball and softball, playing video games, and taking long naps on the weekends.