At the SBPLI #2 Regional, Team 7400 won the Rookie All-Star Award and will be attending the FIRST World Championship in Detroit from April 24th - 27th!

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2019 Kickoff at LIU Post 

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, which inspire 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"

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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.

Hardware/Electrical

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.

Software

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

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.

Outreach

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.

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Our Mentors

Yury Wolf-Sonkin

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

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

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!

Michael Wolf-Sonkin

I have been involved with FIRST since 2014. In my high school career, I served as Head Programmer and CEO of my FRC team. I am currently studying Computer Science at Stony Brook University and I look forward to educating students on team 7400!

Evan Patrick

I am a computer science student at Cornell University. I've been involved with FIRST since 2013, initially as a high school freshman and now as a mentor. In my senior year of high school, I was the Director of Engineeing on an FRC team. I am greatly passionate about programming and teaching programming to others as well. 

Josh Goldman

I have been with FIRST since 2013. I am currently a student in the Computer Science program at Northeastern University. As Director of Software on my high school team and now as a mentor of multiple FRC and FTC teams, I can't wait to share my programming knowledge and love of FIRST with a new set of students.

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FAQ

What is Build Season?

Build Season is the six-week time period in which we create our robot. It begins in January when the game is released internationally. 

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.

Absences?

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 twice 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.

How much does it cost?

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

What if I can't afford it?

Please contact us for special arrangements.

Is there an age restriction for the students?

Students must be in grades 9-12.

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 sponsorships, 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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