To the Editor:
The Tech Hoppers would like to express our sincere appreciation to Cornell Tech and Girl Scouts of Greater New York for their generous support of Roosevelt Island’s Girl Scout Troop 3001’s FIRST Lego League Robotics team this season!
Their support has helped these girls have an amazing STEM experience this year! They earned third place overall in the qualifiers and won an award for the team’s creative presentation about their innovative solution to solving the problem of Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) - which gave them a spot in the NY Citywide finals!
Cornell Tech provided an amazing motivational workspace for the girls at the MakerLAB @ Cornell Tech. Often there were Cornell Tech graduate students there working on projects at the same time – and the Girl Scouts were inspired by hearing about their cool high-tech projects. They printed Cornell Tech and Girl Scout-inspired sweatshirts for the girls, helped them design and make their own light-up “Grace Hopper” headbands, and hosted a fun end-of-year celebration/party! Cornell Tech also generously sponsored lego missions and robot supplies, such as extra sensors, to help the girls to build an amazing robot and then program it to achieve missions.
We would like to express our sincere appreciation to Diane Levitt, Senior Director of K-12 Education for Cornell Tech – she sacrificed her Wednesday evenings from September to March to support our team, allowing them to meet in the MakerLAB. She also led many awesome STEM learning activities and found incredibly patient student mentors for our budding engineers. Jivesh Tolani, an MBA student at Cornell Tech, mentored the girls weekly from September – teaching our girls not only to code their robot to solve missions, but also mentoring other girl scout robotics teams in NYC. His dedication to the team was so appreciated.
Thanks to Niti Parikh, director of the MakerLAB, who let us leave our large table with lego missions in the middle of the lab all season!
Falana Ash joined us in the MakerLAB when Diane wasn’t available and did the ordering of supplies and sweatshirts to make sure we had everything we needed for the girls to do their best.
Technologists in Residence Benedetta Simeonidis and David Gibbs taught the girls about circuits and helped them make light-up Grace Hopper hats. Cornell students and staff helped the girls further develop their idea for a new type of rainwater harvesting tank, and prepare a “Shark Tank” style presentation for the Global Innovation Award.
Steve Noone, from the Cornell Tech capital planning team, walked the girls around the campus and explained how the campus was built to manage water, inspiring the girls to come up with a solution to help solve the problem of Combined Sewer Overflow.
Our troop’s robotics team was featured in a special video at the Girl Scouts of Greater New York Gala at Cipriani on Monday evening!
Several of the Girl Scouts on the team attended the gala and showcased the robot and their project. We hope you enjoy the video and, if you see the Tech Hoppers around the Island, encourage them to keep coding!
Thank you Cornell Tech and Girl Scouts of Greater New York!