Friday, April 19, 2019

Amazing Roosevelt Island Girl Scouts Tech Hoppers Robotics Team Win NYC Lego Championship, On Way To World Championship Next Week With Plan For Asteroid To Mars - Honored By NY State Senator Jose Serrano With Achievement Certificate And Cited As Shining Example To All Young Women Interested In Robotics

As reported last March 18, Roosevelt Island Girl Scout Troop 3001 Tech Hoppers Robotics Team were the winners in the First Lego League NYC Robotics Championship. Girl Scout Troop 3001 Leader Aiesha Eleusizov reported at the time:

We are all still in a state of shock!! We did indeed win the NYC First LEGO League Robotics tournament today! The top two teams in NYC go to the World Championships in Detroit - It's pretty amazing!! The girls did such an amazing job!!
Last Wednesday evening April 17, during the Tech Hoppers final practice at Cornell Tech's Tata Innovation Center before heading off to the First World Championship Competition in Detroit, Roosevelt Island's NY State Senator Jose Serrano met with the Tech Hoppers team,

listened to their competition presentation on Flying An Asteroid To Mars and honored the Tech Hoppers with a Certificate Of Achievement.

According to this statement from Senator Serrano's office:
... Senator Serrano will be honoring Girl Scout Troop 3001's the Tech Hoppers, for their achievements in robotics and their first place victory in the FIRST Lego League New York City Championship. Next week, the troop is proudly headed to the worldwide FIRST Championship in Detroit, the world’s largest celebration of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) for students. The team of nine girls in the 6th and 7th grades, meets weekly at the Cornell Tech campus on Roosevelt Island, where they are mentored and coached by Cornell students and staff. In its four years, the troops robotics program has involved over 15 Girl Scouts and has never turned a girl away because of need or experience.

"As a supporter of empowering girls and women to enter STEM fields, I am very proud of the Roosevelt Island Tech Hoppers," said Senator Serrano. "They serve as a wonderful example to other young students interested in robotics, and regardless of the outcome at the world championship, they have already accomplished a tremendous achievement."
and from social media.

Here's the Roosevelt Island Girl Scout Tech Hoppers practice presentation proposing their solution to the radiation problem for astronauts traveling to Mars - use an asteroid as the transportation vehicle

Here's State Senator Serrano's presentation of Achievement Certificates to the Tech Hoppers Team.

Girl Scout Troop 3001 Leader Aiesha Eleusizov adds:
I would like to express our sincere gratitude and appreciation to all of our supporters -

Cornell Tech for providing the team with an amazing space, coaches and mentors – in particular, Diane Levitt and Samara Rose Selden and Cornell Tech mentors Jillian Burns, Natalie Abrams and Jivesh Tolani!

Nathalie and Ilan from Dr. Wu's lab at Cornell Tech

Talya Stein, Anne Goodfriend and Yoav Friedland from FIRST Lab for providing a welcoming space for us to practice on weekends!

Mike Sorrenti from SpaceX for mentoring and inspiring the girls on all things space-related!

Norm Sutaria and Lisa Cai from NYC FIRST

Girl Scouts of Greater New York - Abby Whipker, CEO Meredith Maskara and the Council's fabulous fundraising team, for supporting the team and sending us to Detroit!

We couldn't have accomplished so much without all of this incredible support!!

Roosevelt Island parents -

This is our local RI Girl Scout team and we are heading to Detroit next week!!! Our wonderful Girl Scout council is fundraising to pay for the entire trip!!! If you can support the team, please consider a tax deductible donation to our council!

You can follow us while we’re there on Instagram at techhoppers.

I am so proud of how hard these girls have worked!!!

If anyone is a parent of a girl that would like to be a coach next year - please reach out to me. Our incredible coach with these amazing girls want to mentor a new team next year!!
From the Girl Scouts of Greater NY:

Since 2011, Girl Scout Robotics has become an important component of our suite of STEM programs. We’re thrilled to announce that for the first time, one of our talented teams will compete in the world championships!

The Tech Hoppers of Troop 3001 won the NYC FIRST Lego League Robotics Tournament and have advanced to the international FIRST Lego League World Championships in Detroit!

After years of hard work, the Tech Hoppers from Roosevelt Island will join tens of thousands of students, educators, and STEM industry professionals at a multi-day competition this month. We could not be more proud!

We are working to raise $25,000 to send the Tech Hoppers to the Championship, and we hope friends like you will invest in these young engineers.

Will you make a gift to send this talented team to Detroit?...
Congrats to the Roosevelt Island Girls Scouts Tech Hoppers team for your achievements to date. Roosevelt Island is rooting for you in the Championships. Good Luck.