About
Team 14479

The mission of The Masters School’s Engineering program is to fulfill the educational objectives of robotics as a practical expression and extension of Masters’ engineering curriculum. The goal at the outset was and remains: to introduce and educate students to engineering and the engineering design process. This mission is consistent with The Masters School’s pedagogical philosophy and school mission: “The Masters School celebrates active participation, deep understanding, and meaningful connection. A community of diverse individuals, we gather to learn, to strive, to dare, to do – to be a power for good in the world.” The Team works out of The Masters School’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center located in the lower level of the Cameron Mann Dining Hall on its campus at 49 Clinton Avenue, Dobbs Ferry, New York 10522.

Structure

Masters’ Engineering and Robotics Team is a part of a larger group of academic enrichment programs at Masters that includes:
  • Engineering and Robotics team,
  • A Cybersecurity team, and
  • A Coding team.
  • Depending upon the number of students involved in any given year, the Masters Engineering Team can comprise more than one competition Squad. The Squad Leader with the Coaches work together to create working groups within each Squad to ensure that all tasks are addressed and work is distributed equally. A typical Squad includes: people to manage Engineering Compliance, Coding and Control, Modeling and Fabrication, Media, Marketing and Promotions, Outreach, Rules and Compliance, Content Management, Electronics, Research and Reconnaissance, and Designers. There is also one Analyst and Webmaster for the entire team. The Team competes in three regular-season competitions per year.

    Team History

    2012-2013

    A group of students meet to discuss the possibility of developing a robotics program at The Masters School. Mr. Chiodo is asked to advise and sponsor the group.

    2013-2014

    The Masters School forms Masters Engineering and Robotics as a club with four members: Alex G., Oak P., Ben C., and Dylan C. The team builds and stores parts on a mobile cart that is kept in a small closet. Building is done in the cramped Math Commons. The team joins VEX Robotics Competitions because of the low-cost entry point, and ease of building and coding. The team enters its first robotics competition as Team 9873. t entry point, and ease of building and coding. The team enters its first robotics competition as Team 9873.

    Awards:

  • Excellence Award
  • 2014-2015

    Nineteen students signed up to do robotics, but nine drop out due to time conflicts. The decision was made to petition to have Masters Engineering and Robotics changed from a club to a recognized after school program to make it easier for students to participate. During the regular season, the team qualifies for the Southern New York State Championships for the first time.

    Awards:

  • Design Award
  • Tournament Champions (2)
  • 2015-2016

    The team grows to 23 students that are separated into three squads. Outreach to the school’s middle school population results in an additional 7 students who form their own squad. The team co-hosts its first tournament with Glen Cove Public Schools. The team advances for the second year to the Southern New York State Championships, and advances to the semifinals. At the end of the regular-season, the team travels to the CREATE U.S. Open Robotics Championship primarily to investigate the level of competition on the national stage while competing against 400 other VEX EDR teams. Masters Engineering and Robotics becomes the captain of the 16th alliance in the elimination tournament.

    Awards:

  • Excellence Award
  • Tournament Champions (2)
  • 2016-2017

    The team roster remains stable at approximately 30 students. Additional outreach and special programs attracts more young women who now make up 40% of the total team. Masters Engineering and Robotics middle school squads join VEX IQ program. Masters Engineering and Robotics advances to the Southern New York State Championship and advances to the finals. At the end of the regular-season, the team travels to the CREATE U.S. Open Robotics Championship and wins in the 40-team Open Division.

    Awards:

  • Honor Award (CREATE U.S. Open)
  • Tournament Champion (2)
  • Innovate Award
  • Judges Award
  • 2017-2018

    Young women now account for 50% of the total team. Masters Engineering and Robotics shortens its name to Masters Engineering to add focus to the engineering aspects of robotics. Masters Engineering makes its fourth appearance at the Southern New York State Championship, and its first appearance at VEX Worlds. With changes being made to VEX Robotics Competitions, Masters Engineering begins to evaluate other robotics programs/leagues to find a program that better aligns to The Masters School educational mission.

    Awards:

  • Excellence Award
  • Southern New York State Champions
  • Robot Skills Winner
  • Tournament Champions (2)
  • 2018-2019

    The team makes the switch to FIRST Tech Challenge because of its greater focus on the educational mission of robotics. The move places new demands on the team including: learning new software, adapting old equipment for new purposes, website development, new uniform design and production, and the development of sustainability and outreach programs. The team also hosts its first FTC workshop.

    Awards:

  • Think Award - 2nd place
  • Connect Award - 2nd place
  • Team Members

    John

    Matt Nappo

    Captain


    Matt Nappo is a junior at The Masters School, and is very interested in computer science and robotics. He has been on the robotics team for quite some time now, and has made many memorable experiences along the way. Matt, being the lead coder for the team has a passion for programming and computer science. However, although Matt is very invested in the software side of robotics, he is equally as involved in the design and building processes. Matt has successfully completed all of engineering courses offered at Masters, and is currently talking AP Computer Science Principles. Matt likes to spend his free time coding and making music. In the future, he would like to have a career in software development.

    Mike

    Zach Battleman

    Fabrication and Coding


    Zach Battleman is a junior at The Masters School and this is his 5th year in robotics. His robotics career started in summer after sixth grade when he joined a summer program run at the Masters School. Soon after, he started working closly alongside former captains and teammates. Zach has completed Introduction to Engineering Design, and Principles of Engineering. He plans to either go into Mathematics or Computer Science in the future.

    John

    Gaby Chernomorsky


    This is Gaby's second year on the engineering and robotics team. She is very interested in science and is currently taking AP Computer Science Principles. By being on the team, Gaby hopes to learn more about coding and the engineering process, and is excited to apply her interests and insights with the team. Last season, Gaby worked on the engineering notebook, and she continues to do so this year. She has primary responsibility for the team notebook.

    Mike

    Ella Dundas

    Fabrication


    Ella is a freshman at The Masters School, but this is her third year in robotics after being a middle school intern. Ella takes part in the school’s engineering program, and is co-president of Masters Makers. Her primary role on the team is fabrication, but is also learning how to use Autodesk Inventor to 3D model. Ella is interested in CRISPR and biomechatronics.

    Jane

    Ryan Ferguson

    Designer/Fabricator


    Ryan is a junior at Masters, and this is his first year on the engineering and robotics team. He has completed all of the engineering courses at The Masters School and is currently taking AP Computer Science Principles. Ryan's goal is to become a marine engineer or naval architect after completing university.

    John

    Carly Grizzaffi

    Designer/Fabricator


    Carly is a junior at The Masters School and this is her second year in robotics. Additionally, she is a participant in the engineering program offered at Masters. Carly has a passion for technology and engineering, and is excited to bring her passion and perspective to the team. This year, Carly has taken on greater responsibility during the design and fabrication processes, and works with Jake Lehrman on the engineering notebook. In the future, Carly hopes to study computer science and computer engineering on her path toward becoming a leader in the tech industry.

    Jane

    Dell Hallock

    Designer/Fabricator


    Dell is a sophomore at The Masters School and this is his second year in robotics. He also takes part in the school’s engineering program. He does concept sketching and design. Dell has joined robotics because he likes engineering and has an interest in mechanics, electronics, and design.

    John

    Emily Hyun

    Fabrication and Coding


    Emily is a sophomore at The Masters School, and this is her first year on the engineering and robotics team. She is also a student in the school's engineering program, and she is thrilled to be able to apply the skills she learned in the classroom to the design and construction of a robot. While her previous technical experience has been in coding, she is looking forward to learning more about robotics.

    Jane

    Jonas Kolker

    Fabrication and Coding


    Jonas Kolker is an 12th grader. He works on 3D modeling and fabrication. This is his third year in robotics. He joined because of his interest in engineering. Jonas has absolutely no idea what he wants to do with life after robotics, but is most certainly enjoying the ride.

    Jane

    Jake Lehrman

    Engineering Notebook


    Jake Lehrman is a junior at The Masters School and this is his second year on the robotics team. He has completed two years of engineering courses and is now taking computer science. He works primarily on the team's engineering notebook, but also helps building components for the team's robot Jake really enjoys mathematics and science, and enjoys applying his skills in those subjects to robotics.

    John

    Jack Li

    Fabrication and Coding


    Jack is a new member of the Masters community and to the engineering and robotics team. He is a passionate member of the team, and is willing to take on any task assigned to him as he learns more about the design and construction process. Having some software development experience, he works closely with Matt Nappo to learn the nuances of physical computing. Jack loves the atmosphere created by the team, and how experienced members encourage and inspire new members like himself.

    John

    Julia Orton

    Designer/Fabricator


    This is Julia's first year on the engineering and robotics team. She is a sophomore, and is currently enrolled in the second course in Masters' engineering sequence. Although she has no prior experience with robotics, Julia is excited to be a part of the team and to have the opportunity to learn and enjoy new experiences.

    John

    Yeveen Shin

    Designer/Fabricator


    Yeveen is a senior and this is her third year on the team. She has been both an engineering and computer science student at Masters. Before she graduates, she wants to make sure that every member of the team feels at home in the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center. Yeveen plans to study mathematics in college.

    Jane

    Stellar Son

    Designer/Fabricator


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    Jane

    Matthew Williams

    Designer/Fabricator

    Matthew is a sophomore at The Masters School and this is his second year in robotics. He also takes part in the school’s engineering program, and is co-president of Masters Makers. He is passionate about engineering, and wants to expand his knowledge of different disciplines in the field of technology.

    The Masters School

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