Friday, April 26, 2019

Get a FREE Copy of the 20th Anniversay Yearbook for 2 Train Robotics, Illustrious Student Robotics Team - Bronx, NYC

From my In Box - from Gary Israel, mentor and guardian angel of 2 Train Robotics team...
Subject: A 1999-2019 Photo Retrospective of 2Train Robotics


PS- Importantly, Gary has given me permission to make this rich publication available to all who'd like to learn about his team and the extraordinary experiences all students may have with a student robotics team of their own:
Click here to download a copy of
"Inside the Journey of 2Train Robotics: Through the Years" 


Dear Friends of 2Train, Below are some of the team's highlights over the last two decades.

Message from Ponytail Posse, an all-girls Robotics Team - FIRST® LEGO® League

From my In Box...
From: FIRST Tech Challenge
To: markgura

Subject: Mark, here’s Rose’s FIRST story

"We don’t build robots – the robots build us.” - FIRST founder Dean Kamen

FIRST® programs impact hundreds of thousands of students each year by engaging them in hands-on, project-based STEM challenges. We’re excited to share Rose’s experience with you!
The following is an excerpt from the team blog for the Ponytail Posse, an all-girls FIRST® LEGO® League team that progressed to FIRST® Tech Challenge from St. Paul, Minnesota. Rose explains the massive head start she and her teammates received from their years in FIRST, beginning as a FIRST LEGO League team. 

"People are usually able to understand the depth of how participating in robotics affects lives. They understand that it helps us gain experiences which help us become better engineers, problem solvers, and collaborators. But while they understand the depth, these people often fail to recognize the breadth of how being part of a robotics team can shape a young person. It’s not just a path toward a successful STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) career, but a gateway to self-expression, confidence, critical thinking, and empathy.

But as we got older, we began to realize how our robotics experiences were influencing how we thought about the future. We could see ourselves going to college and starting a career in engineering, entrepreneurship, and other fields we had never considered before. These were tangible destinations that we had already been pursuing for years without realizing it — in other words, we were giving ourselves a massive head start...."

Read the full post at: The team's blog

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Getting Started with LEGO Robotics. Anyone who works with kids can do LEGO Robotics, a rich and highly motivating platform for important STEM Learning! (surprisingly affordable, too) This books explains it all!

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

New York Yankees Honor the Morris High School FIRST Robotics team

In my in box this morning...
Dear Friends of 2Train Robotics,

The NY Yankees will honor the Morris High School FIRST Robotics team on Friday May 3rd at 6:45pm on the field during a pregame ceremony prior to the 7:05pm ball game against the Minnesota Twins. This will be the 18th year in a row that the team has been honored on the field at Yankee Stadium. Of course, this year is very special as we and Yankees celebrate the team's 20th Anniversary.

For 2Train, this game will be our first Old-Timers Day with students returning to attend the 20th Anniversary Luncheon the following day. Members representing every year (1999-2019) will attend the celebration.

This will be our 11th consecutive year on the field at the new Stadium (2009-2019)
In the old Yankee Stadium, the team was honored for seven consecutive years (2002-2008)

During this year's pregame ceremony the stadium's public address announcer will share with the crowd that 2Train Robotics won the Central NY FIRST Robotics Regional Competition in Utica NY last month. During that competition, Demetrius Weathers, a junior, was chosen as a Dean's List Finalist.

In April at the New York City FIRST Robotics Competition, 2Train reached the Quarterfinals in the team's 19th consecutive year participating in the New York City competition. The robotics team also received the Autonomous Award: Sponsored by Ford.

On a personal note I am proud to join 2Train mentors Bob Stark (2011), Reuben Bridges (2015), and Paul Lucien (2017) as the NYC 2019 Woodie Flowers Finalist Award. The award is presented to one adult Mentor at each regional competition, "who best leads, inspires, teaches and empowers their team using excellent communication skills."

Warm regards,

2Train Robotics | 166th Street and Boston Road, Bronx, NY 10456