strongJames J. Trobaugh/strong is an experienced coach and leader in the FIRST LEGO League. He is author of the acclaimed book emWinning Design!/em, focusing on the physical aspects of LEGO MINDSTORMS robot design. He s been involved with FIRST LEGO League since 2004 as coach for emTeam Super Awesome/em, and as a technical judge at LEGO World Festival. He is also the FIRST LEGO League Director of the Forsyth Alliance in Forsyth County, Georgia.p p p p James started out as a LEGO hobbyist by founding the North Georgia LEGO Train Club in 1998, and has found in LEGO robotics a natural blending of his LEGO hobby and his day job as a software architect. An added bonus is the joy of sharing his love of technology not only with his own children, but with kids in general.
Mannie Lowe is currently the FIRST Program Manager for the Center for Mathematics and Science Education at the University of Mississippi. He is responsible for the FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) program for Mississippi after doing the same thing in Georgia for the previous seven years. Mannie is a firm believer in the mission of FIRST and how it can impact students into a better way of life. He has coached and mentored several FTC, FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC), and FIRST LEGO League (FLL) teams to award-winning seasons as well as serving as a resource to many other coaches and mentors throughout the country. He is also a partner in YES! Youth Engaged in Science a Georgia-based educational enrichment program that teaches engaging, hands-on technology programs for children of all ages using robotics, science, mathematics, and computers. He is passionate about providing opportunities for kids to move into engineering, science and technical education on the way to careers that will improve the lives of all.