Meet our team!

Parker is a seventeen-year-old high school student. He struggles with writing bios and needs a little extra encouragement. This is his fifth year on the team. He’s practically a senior citizen at this point. He enjoys reading, playing video games, ignoring Lauren’s email reminders to give her a bio for the website and karate. He is on our drive team and also does our Computer Aided Design or “CAD”.

Isabel is 15 years old and attends Western High School. She did FLL before this and is now on her second year of FTC. Isabel enjoys being a team machinist and driving. She plays on the school tennis team and enjoys going to the mountains.

Dillon joined the team two years ago. He is 17 years old, and a junior in high school. Music is his passion. His favorite part of FTC is competitions. he really likes sportsmanship in competition. This looks to be around a paragraph long already, so thank you for coming to his Ted Talk and happy tossing!

Dylan is 16 years old and has been on Plan B for 3 years. In his free time he loves to play video games and instruments whilst doing school. He works in the hardware section of robotics and is also in the drive team. He used to be a boy scout of America where he worked on stuff just like robotics. That Includes with coming up with ideas and solutions from scratch. 

Lauren is 15 and this is her third year on the team. She did FLL before she joined. Lauren is the editor of the notebook and this website. (Hello!) She likes to paint and say “cows!” whenever she drives by a field of cows. She also loves confusing people and creating light-hearted chaos. She enjoys puddles and no one can stop her from playing in them. It has been said that she goes on “monologues” when she speaks.

Evan is 14 and joined the team this year. He’s starting off strong on Lauren’s bad side by not sending in a bio. He likes to do boy scouts and theatre. He is on our drive team and he’s almost as good of a driver as he is at ignoring Lauren’s request for a bio. Just a short paragraph, and Lauren still has hope that Evan will complete it even with little evidence that he actually will.

Preston is 15 and this is his first year on the team. He is learning how to code the robot and is specializing in software. He likes anything to do with technology. He is interested in graphic design and coding. He goes to Western Alamance High School and will be doing CTEC his second semester. He is obsessed with gnomes and memes. He also enjoys videogames even though he may not be that good at them (we will keep that a secret)

Mentors and Coaches

Millard Gold is the original and primary team mentor for Plan B. He has led the team for the past 11 years. He has made an impact on every team member that has made their way into his shop. He gives countless hours to the kids and their families. His passion for FIRST and learning in general makes him the perfect mentor for our team.

Sarah Congdon’s oldest kid (Tony) was on the team for five years and is now a student mentor. she has found herself in various roles as a team mom. Those rolls include FTC and FLL mentor (Her daughter Lauren had an FLL team) She enjoys helping-out when she can. Last year she made masks for each of the team members and mentors to provide COVID19 safety.

Tony Congdon is a 19-year-old senior at UNCG. He had been a student member of Plan B for 5 years as a lead programmer. He was not ready to hang up his lime green fedora and has moved up to a role as a mentor last year. He is working on a major in Chemistry with a minor in Computer Science and plans to work in Pharmaceutical research.

Jessica Frank was in FLL for three years, and was a member of Plan B for four years. Now, she has graduated and became a student mentor. Despite all this time on robotics teams, she still hasn’t developed any interest in writing bios. She is currently studying Computer Science at UNCG. She enjoys games, programming, and being a mentor for Plan B.

Brian Frank has been a coach, mentor, and judge for FIRST Lego League for three years. He has also been a coach, mentor, and judge for FIRST Tech Challenge. This is his fifth year as a mentor for FIRST Tech Challenge Team 5309, Plan B. He really enjoys seeing the children learn and grow, especially while using STEM activities in a fun and interactive way. Outside of FIRST, he manages a team of UNIX Engineers for a Fortune 500 company. He enjoys being supportive to his daughter, Jessica.