Engineering and Robotics
TMLA is the only all-girls school with a Robotics Team in New York State, and one of only two all-girls teams in New York City.
TMLA Robotics Team 3204 has turned a fun team program into a successful competitive program. The team has been competing In US FIRST Robotics Competitions since 2010.
Our Engineering Lab has all the tools we need to build a competitive robot for the competition. This includes but is not limited to:
- 3D printers
- a laser wood-etcher
- wood-working and metal-working machines
- CNC machines.
Team 3204: Steampunk Penguins
TMLA’s robotics team: the Steampunk Penguins; includes young women from all 4 years. Together the students design, build, test, and program robots. They apply real-world math and science concepts, research challenges facing today’s scientists, and learn critical thinking, team-building, and presentation skills for competitive tournaments.
Recent Competitions and Awards:
The Steampunk Penguins, competed in the FIRST Robotics Competition for the first time since 2019 and won the Jack Kamen Imagery Award for 2022. The robot and our team’s theme were based on the 6888th Battalion that helped to sort and deliver mail quickly and efficiently to boost soldier morale during the war.
On April 6th and 7th, 2019 TMLA competed in the New York City FIRST Robotics Regional Competition. The Steampunk Penguins won the prestigious FIRST Jack Kamen Imagery Award for incorporating the theme of “Women in Space”. This award celebrates attractiveness in engineering and outstanding visual aesthetic integration of machine and team appearance. The team referenced the recent female NASA recruits as well as “Sally Ride”, who was proudly emblazoned on their robot and team buttons.
TMLA alumnae Tori Quan ’17, Loriana Donovan ’16, Jessica Morales ‘18, Yesenia Morales ’17 and Tiffany Camusci ’14 were mentors who helped the students build the robot and develop the theme.