AndyMark Adopt an Engineer Initiative returns for 2019

We are pleased to announce the return of Adopt an Engineer for the 2019 FIRST Robotics Competition Season, Destination: Deep Space, presented by the Boeing Company.

There are many reasons, from inclement weather to temporal, physical, financial, and mental resources, as to why a team may not have been able to complete their robot by Bag Day. All teams are encouraged to share the challenges they ran up against this season that lead them to bag an incomplete or less-than-functional robot, and we would like to come and work with at least one lucky team to get you up and competing at your event. If you apply, your team may be selected to welcome one of our Engineers into your robot family for a competition weekend.

Who is this contest open to?
Based upon our Engineering Team’s availability, this contest is open to teams in need competing during weeks 1, 3, 5, and 6 of the 2019 Destination: Deep Space Season .

How do I apply?
A link to apply will be posted in this thread, and updated here. We will accept applications starting on Saturday, February 2. The deadline for teams who are seeking assistance is on February 16.

This is:

  • An opportunity to have an AndyMark Engineer be a part of your team for the weekend, in the pits working on your robot with you
  • An opportunity to learn from an industry professional
  • An avenue to get to know the AndyMark Mechanical and Software Engineers who design our products. Make our Engineer a true part of your team for the weekend!
  • A fun and educational experience!

This is NOT:

  • Adopt Andy Baker for a weekend - Sorry!
  • A free chaperone for the weekend
  • A guarantee to make your robot win the competition - We will do our best to work with you such that your robot operates to the best of its ability

Good luck, teams!


Doubt you guys have the spare budget to send an engineer all the way out here, but we’ll apply anyway in case you do. There are plenty of teams here that would certainly benefit from talking to an AndyMark engineer for a bit, definitely including our team.


What do AndyMark engineers eat?


Baked goods are a good start

While I only have a minute before I have to run off, I did want to say 5881 was very happy to have Nathan Massouda join us last year, and while we will miss him this year, this is a valuable and very positive thing for teams that find themselves in a bad position (or, in our case severely over weight).

Thank you AndyMark for doing this again this year!


Love seeing this come around for another year!

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We are now accepting applications for Adopt an Engineer! Fill out this form to apply.

We need you guys to come to Arkansas. We have a bunch of rookies that could really benefit

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I know in the past that there was a warning that most of the engineers that would be part of this were more mechanical than electrical/programming. Is that the case again this year?

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I’m glad that you asked! One of our engineers available for the initiative this year largely focuses on the Controls aspect of the robot, with some mechanical background.

I would like to remind everyone that the deadline for applications is this Saturday night. If your team or a team you know has been struggling this season, please consider submitting an application, or share this thread with that team in need.

Hey all - we have decided to extend the deadline for applications for Adopt an Engineer 2019 through Noon Eastern on Wednesday. Please

Good luck for the next ~36 hours of build season!

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Just over 14 hours left until the applications end to adopt an Andymark Engineer for your competition(s). This is a huge opportunity for “free” technical assistance during an event. Are you bagging an incomplete robot or a robot that has non-functional assemblies, this is a great chance to seek help and get everything working during your event!

Apply Here

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As one of the winners (adoptive parents?) of this contest, we’re super excited to have one of AndyMark’s engineers with us at San Francisco Regional this weekend!! Lord knows we’re gonna need it :grimacing: