Staples Robots Want To Take Over Your Place

Well, okay. The Staples robotics team is not actually looking to “take over” anything.

But they do need space.

The squad — winner of the 2011 world championship — urgently seeks a new home.

For the past 3 years, they’ve operated from head coach John Solder’s basement.

But as the team has gotten more successful — and new students flock to join — they’ve outgrown their host.

With the 1st competition of the year approaching, they’re appealing to the community for help.

The robotics team needs a vacant office (private or public), or any other space of at least 1000 square feet. Plus heat, electricity and “access to bathroom.”

The world champion Staples robotics team (from left):  Erin Gandelman, Dylan Roncati, Haris Durrani, Mrinal Kumar, Alec Solder.  Missing from photo:  John Solder, Timothy Yang.  (Photo/Mrinal Kumar)

The 2011 world champion Staples robotics team  — with their robot (front). (Photo/Mrinal Kumar)

The Staples robotics team lacks cheerleaders, uniforms and spectators. But members work as hard as any varsity athlete — while learning important lessons about teamwork, practice, camaraderie, and competition.

They get no money from the Board of Education. They don’t earn NCAA scholarships. Team members do, however, go on to pretty good schools. You know: MIT, Harvard, Yale and Columbia.

Current robotics team members hope to repeat the successes of those who came before them — in tournaments, and at college.

But they can’t do it without a “home field.”

Got space? Email, or call or text 203-450-9202. For more information on the team, click here.

11 responses to “Staples Robots Want To Take Over Your Place

  1. John Hartwell

    Staples provides great facilities for other activities. Why is this group having to beg for space?

  2. Staples HS was designed to hold 1800 students and is currently just shy of 1900. SHS is at capacity in what they can provide to student groups. With all the worthy organizations at SHS, we would not want anyone displaced in order to accommodate our group. Secondly, due to the nature of what we do: building competitive robots, we cannot easily share space. We have a 12’x12′ field, tools, parts, computers and 20+ kids.
    Thanks – JS

  3. Why not the library? Ties in with the “maker space”, I would think???

  4. We have been in contact with the library since they started their Maker space, We participated in the very first Maker Faire. Unfortunately, the library does not have adequate space. Have you seen where they put their Maker Shed?

  5. Estelle Margolis

    Dan, what has happened to the Arnie apartments on the second floor over Balducci’s?


  6. It is heartbreaking to think these kids do not have a space for their robotics team. Being part of the robotics team teaches students practical skills they can use in daily life and future careers. I hope someone steps up to the plate.

  7. Eric William Buchroeder SHS '70

    Maybe these enterprising Staples kids could program a couple of robots to shadow a barista at Starbucks to learn his “moves”, then get up at 4AM and make the coffee down at the Greens Farms station. They could then have the Robotics Team meetings at the former Steam coffee bar. It would be cheap too, they could use the existing Steam sign and they’d only have to pay to add “Robot” to the sign which would now say “Robot Team” The former owners? Screw them. They overslept. You only get one chance to screw a Westport commuter out of his morning cup of Joe.

  8. Sandy Soennichsen

    Eric….I don’t know how long you’ve been commuting, but you obviously are really distressed about the one time the owners of Steam weren’t there at whatever time. Your comments about this are on a couple of spots on these blogs. Hey, get over it. I commuted almost 25 years on the rails, and if that was the only problem we ever encountered, it would have been great. You obviously don’t remember the commute back in the day. And for some reason, missing one day of coffee is more distressing to you than the several days the system was incapacitated a few weeks ago. And speak for yourself about the one chance to “screw…a commuter out of his morning cup of Joe,” and don’t include all Westport commuters in that statement, unless they have elected you to be their spokesman.

  9. Eric William Buchroeder SHS '70

    Sandy, hold your fire. I’m on your side, its called sarcasm. It takes a little effort to understand, I know. I’d never get seriously worked up over a missed cup of coffee.

  10. Sandy Soennichsen

    Alright, you got it Eric. Just a note: sarcasm does not come across well in the written form.

    • Eric William Buchroeder SHS '70

      My sarcasm is not easy for the uninitiated to fathom. But once you do, you will be amazed at how clear and vibrant everything becomes.