West Islip Robotics Team & WI First New York State Master Teacher, Mary Kroll Honored at May 16th General Meeting

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The entire community was invited to meet several distinquished guests at the West Islip Chamber of Commerce second quarterly General Meeting, honoring the award winning WI Robotics Team 871 and  Robot Armstrong. Also in attendence was  Ms. Mary Kroll, West Islip's First New York State Master Teacher honored for her achievements. For photos Second Quarter WICC General Meeting Album

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Pictured above, standing with WICC President, Rich Carpenter and WI Principal, Dr. Anthony Bridgeman is Ms. Mary Kroll, West Islip's First New York State Master Teacher, being recognized for her many accomplishments.

As reported on the West Islip High School website, "Mary Kroll was recently named a New York State Master Teacher by Gov. Cuomo’s office. The Master Teachers program recognizes outstanding teachers for their dedication to providing the most innovative science, technology, engineering and math education to their students, as well as displaying commitment to professional growth and enthusiasm for sharing their professional skills with colleagues. Kroll was accepted after a rigorous application and interview process that required her to demonstrate knowledge of STEM content, pedagogy, and students, their families and their communities. “This is my 20th year teaching here,” said Kroll, who began her career as a science teacher at West Islip High School. “I am humbled every day by the incredible students I get to work with in the research program.” She earned her bachelor’s degree in biology from St. Joseph’s College, and a master’s degree in liberal studies from Stony Brook University. She currently mentors students in the Barcode Long Island program through Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, is a synchrotron beam line user at the National Synchrotron Light Source-II at Brookhaven National Laboratory, and serves as an executive committee member of the Long Island Science Congress. “This honor will afford me greater opportunities to continue my own education through professional development in STEM topics,” Kroll said. “I hope to be able to use the knowledge I gain and the relationships I develop with other Master Teachers in order to unlock even greater opportunities for my students. I also plan to share what I learn with my colleagues in order to reach the greater student body at West Islip’s schools. As part of the Master Teacher program, I look forward to joining the Research Teacher Professional Learning Team and hope I can contribute to improving the quality of research that our students are able to conduct.”

The Chamber also proudly honored the West Islip Robotics Team 871 and Robot "Armstrong" for their award winning accomplishments in science and technology. Chamber members were impressed by the skillful demonstrations being carried out by Robot "Armstrong" who made several impressive maneuvers, directed by team leaders. We are thankful to the many people who attended our meeting, especially, Lesley Keane, Business Mentor of Team 871, who worked with us on the logistics of the evening and for her support and dedication to the team.

27 Members from the co-ed Robotics Team were in attendence and honored: Angelina Amatulli-Griffith, Jamie Carlson, Scott Demarest, Team Captain, Owen DiStefano, Systems Engineer, Erin Doyle, Business Captain, Machlin Fellman, Mechanical Captain, Collin Ferraro, CAD Captain, Nicholas Gee, Alex Holder, JT Keane, Justin Keane, Electrical Co-Captain & Driver, Vanessa Kramer, Electrical Co-Captain, Damien Lagrega, Brian Leonard, David Mahany, Software Captain,Joe Perrone, Thomas Pfaffe, Ben Piecora, Laurence Schaefer, Driver (Arm Controller), Jesse Smith, Andy Baranec, Head Coach/Mentor, Dan Formichelli, Assistant Coach, Bill Mahany, Volunteer Mentor, Lesley Keane, Volunteer Mentor, Jim Stephenson, Volunteer Mentor, Chris Foley, Volunteer Mentor, John Holder, Volunteer Mentor.

West Islip Robotics Team 871 encourages young women to join Robotics as the team has so much to offer in many fields. Students on the team learn about how an engineering business works, electrical, mechanical, design, programming and much more. It is an experience that will be with them for a lifetime. Click here to see photos of an earlier recruiting initiative,  Robotics Ladies Night.

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Caption: Supervisor Angie Carpenter met with the West Islip Robotechs Team 871 and award winning Robot Armstrong at the West Islip Chamber of Commerce, May 16th General Meeting, at West Islip American Legion Auxiliary Unit 1738.

Many of the team members were outgoing seniors off to college, Noted below are the graduates, their sub-team and the college they chose to pursue a course of study.  It is a very impressive list and we wish these students great success in their education and future:

Justin Keane - Electrical - Farmingdale State College
Owen DiStefano - Systems Engineer - University of Minnesota Twin Cities - Dual Electrical & Computer Engineering
Scott Demarest - Team Captain - Florida Institue of Technology - Aerospace Engineering
David Mahany - Software - Worcester Polytechnich Institute - Computer Science & Interactive Media/Game Design
Vanessa Kramer - Electrical - SUNY Polytechnic Institute - Nanoscale Engineering
Larry Schaefer - Software - Stony Brook University - Computer Science
Jett Langhorne - CAD
Thomas Pfaffe - Software
Jake Maresca - Mechanical

For information about the Team and sponsorship, go to the Robotics website.

Beverages were provided by Captree Deli, West Islip Wines & Liquors and The Dessert Fairy