Student Spotlight: Dan Luong

Dan Luong joined Nolan Catholic High School’s robotics team, the Robo Vikes, his senior year. He joined because he wanted to get a hands-on experience in engineering before he goes to college.

As a Robo Vike, Dan is part of the manufacturing team, the assembly team and hopes to be part of the drive team at the Alamo Regional in San Antonio.

Dan has only gone to two competitions, but he has gained valuable experiences. He went to the Robo Remix at the Woodlands, and the Dallas Regional the first weekend in March. His favorite competition was the Dallas Regional because of the of the high caliber teams the Robo Vikes got to compete against and with. He also loved being part of the pit crew and working with his friends to repair the robot. His favorite moment at the competition, however, was driving the robot for one match. Although his experience with driving the robot was uneventful due to the drivetrain not working properly, he says that he still enjoyed it.

Dan has a lot of things he enjoys doing while being a part of the Robo Vikes. He said his favorite memory with the team would have to be the last day of build season for the Power Up game because it gave him a sense of accomplishment. He also loves it when someone on the team buys everyone Mucho Mangoes. His proudest achievement was when we finished the off season robot and when we completed this year’s game robot. Dan’s favorite thing to do at the shop is learning how to use new machines and fabricating parts with team mentor Kevin LaPerriere. While not at the shop, Dan plays on the Nolan Catholic Tennis team and likes to play video games with his friends.

To anyone interested in joining the Robo Vikes, Dan says that being part of the Robo Vikes is fun while simultaneously helping foster leadership skills and giving people a first-hand experience in engineering and S.T.E.M.