Foothills Robotics club coach Brigitte Wiegand, received the Mentor of the Year award at the VEX Robotics World Championship in Louisville, Kentucky on April 30, 2018.
“With over 20,000 teams from 50 countries participating in VEX Robotics worldwide, this is truly an honor for her,” said teacher/coach Aaron Hansen. “She is now only the 6th VEX IQ Mentor to be inducted into the STEM Mentor Hall of Fame.”
Brigitte was nominated by eighth grade student Asanatou Ceesay who wrote an essay and created a video.
“It’s been a true honor to work with her this year, and this award is well deserved,” said Hansen in an email from Louisville on the day of Wiegand’s award. Hansen said of the 400 middle school teams at the World Championship, Foothills brought four teams. One other middle school brought five. “Our students, school and community are blessed to have her leadership and passion guiding such an outstanding program,” said Hansen. “Brigitte's robotics tattoo might be on her arm, but only because it’s impossible to get a tattoo directly on her heart.”