Alex Cormier was one of the founding members of team 1126 and since then, he has been on several other FIRST teams. He designs and makes items such as trophies, custom graphics, etched glass, and other creative custom projects on his website: www.TwoPencilDesigns.com.
In this edition he tells us the story of how he got interested in FIRST and why he chose to stick with it.
from June 1, 2014]
3847 for the opportunity for me to participate in this great initiative. The
opportunity to learn about other people in the FRC community is great.
what you do?
I am about nowadays. Back in my youth I was playing football and wrestling. One
evening during wrestling practice, I was on the mat and couldn’t raise my left
leg more than 3”. I went to see the doctor the next day. I needed surgery for a
dislocated hip and wasn’t allowed to play any more physical sports. That same
year, I was at home watching tv when I noticed these robot competitions on
ESPN. I looked over to my mom in the kitchen and told her I want to do that
some day. Amazingly enough, when school started back up the next year, there
was an informational meeting for a team in my high school, SparX out of
Webster, NY team 1126. Back in 2003, was our first year and it was amazing, so
I have been hooked ever since.
and how’d you get there?
enough to get me by with all my toys. J
and fabricate equipment for automated machines. I build anything from small
enclosures to giant 140’ 4 line conveyor systems to assemble fuel injectors.
Designs. We like to design items to help contribute to the robotics community.
The other half of the business is glass etching, where we go to a few local
festivals and sell our wonderful glassware.
Here’s a link to my website: http://twopencildesigns.com/wp/
to tell about robotics?
competition. After we won the competition at buckeye (thanks to 27 and 540),
the driver came running over to me and in the process of going crazy, we
knocked over the huge section of pipe and drape. Celebrate at all costs, right?
robot that you didn’t help build?
and compete with that machine for 1 regional victory and 1 divisional victory.
That was a beastly machine and so good looking. Vinyl flames make everything
What do you listen to
while you work?
work. Just the local stations like oldies, rock, and country.
like during build season?
(Our local NHL hockey team isn’t that great anymore…) So I will go to as many
meetings as possible. I can easily say that I have been to robotics 90% of the
days from kick off to bag day. That also includes voluntary days.
you better at than anyone else?
money on. I would walk to through stores, look at items and see what I can do
to make them better and sell them.
you’ve ever received?
leagues. It’s a great time and lets me keep that competitiveness when robotics isn’t going on.
love to see ________answer these same questions.
people to know about you?
anything else, contact me! Alex@TwoPencilDesigns.com I love to get creative and build things!
From 2006 to present day, I have been in the following roles: lead mechanical mentor,
coach, Lead FLL mentor, a volunteer at many regional and championships, an off-season
competition committee member, and business owner.