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:
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
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.
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.