Team 2791 is looking for mentors in the Albany, NY area

Shaker Robotics works out of Shaker High School in Latham, New York, 15 minutes north of Albany and a 10 minute drive from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. We are looking for technical and non-technical mentors to help us provide hands-on learning opportunities to our growing team. We need all the help we can get to ensure the best FIRST experience possible to our over 100 students. This year will be a big transition year since myself and two other RPI college mentors have graduated and moved away from the area.

We could use help with just about everything, but particularly:

  • Prototyping
  • Design/CAD
  • Programming
  • Manufacturing
  • Strategy/scouting
  • Grant writing
  • Fundraising
  • Outreach
  • Documentation (both technical and non-technical)
  • Saying mildly amusing things on Chief Delphi


  • Working with some of the most passionate, talented, and ambitious kids in FRC
  • Free delicious meals provided by the wonderful Shaker Robotics parents
  • Working with fantastic mentors who really understand the program
  • Memes
  • Amazing stories about events you should have won but didn’t
  • Becoming friends with Iconic Chief Delphi Personalities ™ such as myself and @CIM.
  • Becoming well known outside your region
  • Exclusive T-shirts

If you are interested in mentoring or have any questions, feel free to DM me or post here.


I’m interested.


Full disclosure: I don’t even hang out with these guys anymore; Internet friendship not guaranteed. See offer for details.

But really tho if you’re making the sad mistake of attending RPI, you’ve gotta mentor Shaker Robotics. Wonderful people and a solid, sustainable organization.


A good deed is its own gas reimbursement.


You already got one of our mentors, you can’t have any more!


Disclaimer: I am a (proud) alumnus of 2791.

This team is absolutely incredible. These kids work unbelievably hard, and honestly, I can’t say I really even remotely mentor them anymore - they mentor me (my own little brother is teaching me CAD - or at least trying to). They are incredibly passionate, dedicated, hard working, and hilarious. They’ve perfectly combined a highly competitive atmosphere with a laid back, meme-heavy one. The kids are honest, open, welcoming, funny, trustworthy, and are the dream of any robotics mentor.

There is a local full wooden practice field that we share with other teams in the area, and 2791 commonly practices with 20. We put in well over 100 hours of drive practice a year at this point. We have an incredible machine shop (complete with a Haas) and we could not be more grateful for our super dedicated teacher mentors.

We appreciate all the help we can get.

All that said - contribute what works for you - don’t go overboard. I urge all new mentors to read through the dozens of “how to” mentor threads. I also urge all college freshmen to reach out to new areas and try some new things before getting into mentoring.

I hope to see some new faces in Bison apparel next year!



I am interested, however I am currently in Syracuse, NY. I know there are trains, and other inexpensive ways of getting there, so if you could DM me or email me at [email addresses in public boards are silly], I would love to discuss it more.

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It’s exciting to see your enthusiasm about mentoring a team, but you might want to edit your post–though not against the rules, it’s never a good idea to post your personal email in a public forum. Best option for you would have been to PM the OP with your email and just post here that you were interested in mentoring and that you had sent a PM.

This is NOT against the rules. In fact, many users have contact info in their profiles, and email addresses, social media links, etc. in the good ol’ signatures of vBulletin were very common.

I’ve been down that road…

However, you’re right… not the BEST idea.

In the past, some people have used (at) in place of @, and (dot) in place of . to prevent bots from scraping their address.

2791 is MFD tho, someone plz go help them.

They’re in desperate need of a scouting mentor…

-Must have a ginger caveman beard
-Afro optional, but preferred
-Unhealthy obsession with Google Sheets
-Former MAR experience


I’m interested in knowing the secret sauce



Brian Maher 2: electric boogaloo

One word of warning, theyre still not known outside of their region. If this is a problem, 2791 wont be for you /s


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