Who We Are

Our Mission

  • To inspire young people to be leaders in science and technology
  • Help students develop skills in science, engineering, technology, art, business, and marketing
  • To encourage innovation and foster self-confidence, communication, and leadership
  • To elevate and popularize STEM to the levels held by sports

The Team

  • We are a group of students in grades 9-12 (from different Long Island schools) and industry professionals working together as a team to innovate, create, and evolve via the challenge of FIRST robotics
  • Our team is independent - not affiliated with any school district, while open to all
  • We are located in Melville, NY

Our Motto

  • "Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays this team from the swift completion of their robots"


Stop-Build Day 2019

What We Do

Mechanical Design and Fabrication

Design the robot using CAD (Autodesk Inventor) to meet the challenges of the game and fabricate the parts using machining, 3-D printing, and manual techniques.


Design and build the electrical subsystem under the constraints of each year's rules. This includes electromechanical parts, such as DC Motors, servos, encoders, and sensos.


Implement the embedded robot control system and PC-side driver's station using contemporary software tools such as C++, Microsoft Visual Studio, Eclipse, Linux, and Open CV.

Sponsorship and Fundraising

Develop relationships with local businesses and industries, and provide opportunities for local businesses to support STEM by donating money, time, material, or facility.


Promote STEM and FIRST at community events, and create 3-D printed prosthetic hands for donation.

Creative Arts

Design the website, banners, buttons, flags, t-shirts, and giveaways using tools and software such as CAD, Libre Office, Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, the 3-D printer, and traditional art methods.


Our Advisers

Yury Wolf-Sonkin: Coach

I am an Electrical Engineer with over 20 years of practical industry experience working on consumer, medical, industrial, aerospace, and military products from concept to realization. I have been a fully invested FIRST FRC mentor in Half Hollow Hills district since 2010. All of my 5 kids have been closely involved with FIRST. My contribution to the development includes all aspects of the design, including mechanical, and electrical sub-systems.

Michael Patrick: Coach

I have over 30 years of experience as a consultant developing software on a variety of platforms. I started with FIRST in 2014 and have loved every minute of it! Two of my children are involved with FIRST; one of which is a mentor, while the other is a student.

Valerie Wolf-Sonkin: Team Administrator

I am a mathematics teacher currently working in Queens College (and a NYS certified high school teacher). I have been a part of the FIRST family since 2010. I have been involved with robot design, sponsorship, and art. It has been said that FIRST is "the hardest fun you'll ever have" and that couldn't be more true!



What is Build Season?

Build Season is the period of time in which we create our robot. It begins in January when the game is released internationally and ends after competition season in March.

What is Kick-Off?

Kick-Off is the event where the current year's challenge is released globally. This marks the beginning of Build Season.

How often do you meet during Build Season?

We meet at least six times a week during build season. This is necessary due to the short time frame that we have to build our robot.


Of course, school and family come first, but the more time you spend, the more you will get out of it.

How often do you meet in the off-season?

We generally meet 1-2 times a week.

Do you compete?

Absolutely! Competitions are a huge part of what we do. Visit our "About FIRST" page to see previous games and competitions.

Is prior knowledge required?

No! We're happy to mentor students of all levels of experience.

Is there an age restriction for the students?

For our FRC team, students must be in grades 9-12. However, 8th graders are welcome to join our training program, "The JuniorMiners"!

What does being a JuniorMiner entail?

JuniorMiners get to participate in all training and go to all events including competitions. They may not operate the robot at competitions.

How much does it cost?

The cost of membership for FRC is $500. JuniorMiner membership costs $400. This includes year-round training, a team shirt, and safety glasses. All membership dues are used to offset the cost of registration, equipment, and materials. All mentors and coaches work on a volunteer basis.

What expenses are not covered by the membership fee?

Members will be responsible for all costs associated with travel for competitions. Families are expected to contribute meals during build season.  Additional spirit wear is an optional added expense.

What if I can't afford it?

Please contact us for special arrangements.

Can I volunteer?

 Yes! We can always use more help on the team!  

Do I have to be an engineer to be a volunteer?

 Absolutely not! We need people from all areas of expertise. For instance, mentors are needed for assistance with sponsorship, public relations, art, and business, in addition to engineering. 

What are the typical team expenses?

The entrance fee to each competition event is between $4,000 and $5,000. The materials fee is between $5,000 and $7,000. Tools and supplies can cost from $1,000 to $3,000.

How are the expenses met?

Your membership dues, fundraising, and local contributions are the only sources of our funding.

What about safety?

Safety always comes first at FIRST. Proper safety attire is mandatory and no equipment is to be used without training and mentor supervision.

Can participating help a student get into college?

Yes! Colleges are very interested In FIRST Robotics. They value the hands-on experience and leadership opportunities. 

Are there any scholarship opportunities?

Yes! Participating in FIRST Robotics allows you to apply for over $80,000,000 worth of scholarships.

Additional questions?

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