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llendale Robotics is a program based out of Allendale, MI that provides quality FIRST Robotics programs to students of all ages. We offer teams for students from Allendale, Jenison, Coopersville and other surrounding areas. Our programs teach students design, programming and building, along with other valuable skills such as public speaking and marketing. We offer programs for students in grades 1-12 and these programs simulate real life situations. Our team is mentored by volunteers, many of whom are professionals in the fields that our team prepares our students for. If you're looking for a fun after school activity, FIRST Robotics could be for you!

Our Mentors

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Chad Potinsky
Lead Mentor

Chad Potinsky is the head mentor for Allendale Robotics. Allendale Robotics started as a few FLL teams in 2010, but in 2012 he founded our FRC Team - 4003: The TriSonics. During the day he is an Advanced Manufacturing Engineer working for ODL in Zeeland, MI.

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David Austin
Programming Mentor

David Austin started as a coach for FLL, but for the past five years, he has been the programming mentor for our FRC team, and the last three years for FTC. Dave during the day, is a professional mathematician teaching courses at our local university, Grand Valley State University.

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Dale Van Lopik
Fabrication Mentor

Dale Van Lopik has been with our FRC team since the creation in 2012. He works with our students in fabrication and is also the main mentor that works with the build team. Dale joined our team when he met Chad through Knoll. They've enjoyed working together ever since.

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Morrie Cunningham
Outreach and Awards Mentor

Morrie has always been passionate about FIRST. His journey began when he participated in the Grandville High Schools' RoboDawgs. Now as a student at Grand Valley State University, he mentors FRC team 4003 while still staying involved in his Grandville home teams.

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