Team Members

Rover Ruckus Team

Ian Murray
Jacob Newman
Nathan Choi
Noah DeVico
Stephanie Ramirez

Relic Recovery Team

Daniel Peace
David Modrovich
Jacob Newman
Joshua Soto
Kimberly Sharp
Nathan Choi
Noah DeVico
Olivia Choi

Velocity Vortex Team

Daniel Peace
David Modrovich
Jacob Newman
Joshua Soto
Kimberly Sharp
Nathan Choi
Noah DeVico

RES-Q Team

Daniel Peace
Nathan Choi
Noah DeVico
Skyler Atchison


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Name: Noah Jeffery DeVico
Age: 17
Grade: 11th
Years In FIRST: 7
Team Role: Robot Design/Building, Driver
Favorite Food: Burgers

Noah has been involved in FIRST programs since 2013. This is Noah’s third year on a FTC team, having completed two years prior of FLL with The B.E.S.T Team and being a founding member of the FTC team Brain Stormz. Noah is part of Trinity Pacific Christian School, which is a private school in Thousand Oaks, California. He is heavily involved in basketball at his school having played since he was ten. In his free time he likes to play his collection of vintage video games including a Sega Genesis and a Nintendo Entertainment System. Noah has liked Engineering since he was little having been a fan of Lego/Mindstorms since he was 7.


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Name: Nathan Michael Choi
Age: 16
Grade: 11th
Years in FIRST: 6
Team Role: Robot Design/Building, Programming, Rulebook Clarifier
Favorite Food: Shin Ramen

Nathan Choi is a 16 year nerd who goes to Trinity Pacific School and is in his 6th year of FIRST competitions and 5th year of FTC. He was a member of FTC Trinity Crown Bots when he was a 6th grader. After that, he joined the FLL team, The B.E.S.T. Team. Nathan enjoys reading, playing with Legos, and playing video games. He is excited for Rover Ruckus, and is ready for a great season.


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Name: Jacob Newman
Age: 18
Grade: 12th
Years in FIRST: 3
Team role: Building and programming
Favorite food: Soy yogurt

Jacob is a Nerd/Geek (he hasn’t figured out which one yet) who has been interested in technology his entire life. This is his 3rd year on a FIRST team. He has his own computer repair business, Jacob’s PC Tune-Up.  When not working on robots or robot code, Jacob enjoys playing/contributing to/telling people about SuperTuxKart way too much. He is a senior homeschooler.


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Name: Ian Murray
Age: ?
Grade: ?th
Years in FIRST: 1
Team role: Building
Favorite food: ?

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Name: Stephanie Ramirez
Age: ?
Grade: 12th
Years in FIRST: ?
Team role: Building
Favorite food: ?

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Coaches & Mentors


Picture of Jeff DeVico

Name: Jeff DeVico
Age: 51
Years Coaching FIRST: 5
Favorite Food: Fondue

Jeff has been coaching First for five years, and this is his third year coaching an FTC team. Jeff has been the owner of a growing automated shipping business for the past 11 years. He graduated college with a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Cal Poly. Jeff is a proud husband and father of three kids at 18, 16, and 12 years old. He has a strong background in sales marketing, fundraising, and business planning. Jeff is excited to be coaching Brain Stormz and looks forward to their future success.


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Name: Sung Choi
Age: 49
Years Coaching FIRST: 6
Favorite Food: Asian Confusion

Sung has coached FIRST team since FTC Block Party . Sung has been a software/systems engineer for over 20 years in various industries. He has a Masters degree from USC in Electrical Engineering. He is a loving husband and father of 2 children. Sung has a strong background in Software, Systems Design and Electrical Engineering.


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Name: Daniel Peace
Age: 18
Grade: 12th
Years in FIRST: 3
Team Role: Robot Design/Building, Driver,Tool Management
Favorite Food: Fish and Chips

Daniel Peace is 18 years old and is a senior at Trinity Pacific Christian School. He has always been interested in robotics and machines. This is his third year in First Tech Challenge and he is looking forward to learning and gaining more experience in the field of robotics as well as computer science. His choice of career would either be mechanical engineering or Software development, so this should give him some good hands on experience. When not building robots he enjoys playing basketball and volleyball with his school. He also leads a science club and plays piano.

Former members


Picture of David Modrovich

Name: David Modrovich
Age: 17
Grade: 12th
Years in FIRST: 4
Team role: Funding Administrator
Favorite Food: Enchiladas

David is a senior at Trinity Pacific High School. He has been interested in FIRST ever since 8th grade, when he was a part of a FLL team with some other members of Brain Stormz. He is aspiring to become a District Attorney when he grows up, and perhaps pursue a career in politics from there. Also, he loves to debate and to participate in Mock Trial.


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Name: Joshua Soto
Age: 14
Grade: 9th
Years in FIRST: 2
Team role: Robot Builder and Driver Coach
Favorite Food: Burritos

Joshua is a freshman who attends Trinity Pacific Christian School. He became interested in FIRST when he attended a match as a guest with the 2015-2016 Brain Stormz team. He is currently on the Trinity Pacific basketball and volleyball team.


Name: Olivia Choi
Age: 13
Grade: 8th
Years in FIRST: 1
Team role: Media and Promotion
Favorite Food: BBQ

Olivia is an 8th grader in Trinity Pacific Christian School. Outside of FTC, she loves to play volleyball on her school and club team, sketch, read, and listen to music. This is her 1st year on a FIRST team.


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Name: Kimberly Sharp
Age: 17
Grade: 12th
Years in FIRST: 4
Team Role: Robot Design/Builder
Favorite Food: Apple dumplings!

Kimberly Sharp truly enjoys being on team Brain Stormz. She has been a part of FLL team B.E.S.T. team for two years before this and really loved it. However, in her 10th grade year she feared she had too large of a school load to take on the extra challenge of FTC, deciding not to be on the team. Last year, she came back, not because of a lighter school load, but because she missed it so much she is willing to risk overload in order to be on such a great team as Brain Stormz. She knows from experience that it is well worth it.


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Name: Skyler Ray Atchison
Age: 14
Grade: 8th
Years in FIRST: 3
Team Role: Document Proofreader, Website Manager, Robot Designer.
Favorite Food: Burritos

Skyler Atchison is a 14-year-old homeschooled roboticist. He has been with the team for three years and is excited to be doing FTC. His other interests include mime, reading, writing, video games, board games, and video production. He prides himself on being able to pronounce Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis… and even if he isn’t pronouncing it right, nobody can prove him wrong.

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