Post Build Season

Although we are almost done with the Build season, our team has been meeting for many months, preparing our temporary workspace and securing our funding for the season.  Of our 26 team members, 15 of them are new to the Robotics program.  Hear what they have to say about the experience so far!  


Will Dickerson- Business Department: “It’s been a great learning experience for me, and I look forward to the competitions.”

Ethan Magnuson- Business Department, Build, Programming Teams: “In my first year of robotics, I’ve learned how to use power tools and how to code with Java. In addition, I’ve learned a good amount on teamwork and comradery and have made many new friends.”

Aidan Crowley- Build, Programming Teams “I am thoroughly enjoying the program. I feel like I’ve learned a lot and I feel like I met a lot of people. I have gained a basic understanding of javascript and successfully coded a robot”

Carlos Gomez-Build Team: “I have gotten closer with peers from both Southold and Greenport. In addition to this I have learned practical skills from building the robot.”

Jackson Volosik-Build Team: “It’s a lot harder than I thought it was, but a lot more rewarding. I have become better friends with more people because of this program.”

Jacob Kahn-Build Team: “Fun. Great environment to learn and improve myself as a person.”

Xavier Kahn-Build Team: “It has been very interesting and fun. It’s been a learning experience”

Saylor Hughes-Business Department: “This year during my first year of robotics, I had a lot of fun. I learned more about advertising and had a blast hanging out with my pals!”

Shane Costello-Business Department: “During my first year on the robotics team, I participated on the business team. This taught me many skills that will most definitely help me throughout my life. No regrets. And all the cool kids do it!”

Sam Tondo-Business Department:  “I am enjoying the season very much. And learning a lot!  I can’t wait to to cheer for Team 870 at Pittsburgh and meet other FIRST participants!.”

Simon Mraz-Business Department: “So far, it’s been a great learning experience and I can’t wait to compete.”

Jake Mazzaferro- “It’s been a cool, fun time. I’ve met a lot of people and made friends.”

Cole Hilary-Build Team, Media Team

Jillian Golden

Thomas Haley

Kai Kaufman




Build season is flying by and Week Three has come and gone. We have now ventured into the heart of build season, and we are progressing at a fantastic rate. This week, the team has been working hard in the build room, logging hour after hour of intense critical thinking and creative productivity. The team has made strategical prototypes, following paths relating to our intake system, shooting system, and the ever-important climbing mechanism. Parts were retrieved from old robots that had served us in previous years. We chose to disassemble parts of these robots to free up space for the anticipated school renovation, in which the technology room will be relocated and refurbished. Finally, we started playing with coding systems to try and determine the skill sets of our Programming Team. Our Media Team has been hard at work updating the team website, the Art Team spent their hours laying out team apparel, while the Sponsorship and Fundraising Team has been pursuing sponsors and raising money through a few individual fundraisers. It has been a very positive and productive week for Team 870.