Horace Mann's premier FIRST Robotics Competition team, est. 2015.
The Basement Lions strive to create an energetic community of engineers who build more than just robots.
Our diverse team of designers, builders, and coders unites in our home tucked away in the school’s basement. There, we spend countless hours tinkering, contemplating, and building in an atmosphere that’s both challenging and inviting.
When six ambitious students decided to start a robotics team, they occupied just a small pocket in the corner of a student lounge. It was not long before the infectious passion of the founding members transformed the space around them; that corner grew large enough to be called a lab. The team's energy continued to spread, slipping through the shop walls and permeating throughout the whole school. Now, having seen robots involved in everything from dance recitals and diversity presentations to murder mysteries, every student is aware of robotics and the power of STEM.
Our students don't only learn about STEM, but are taught as well to apply their newfound talents toward bettering their community. Within our school, we have worked to foster a love for engineering. Our school is home to three FTC teams, two FLL teams, two Jr. FLL teams, and two Robocup teams. Our FRC team provides mentoring to all nine of these teams. Outside of school, our team has worked with underprivileged kids to cultivate an interest in STEM, and has started a robotics program at a camp for bereaved children. We recognize that it is our obligation to apply what we've been given toward making the world a better place.View Projects and Outreach
Mr. Levy works with students to foster both love for and proper practice in engineering. He's master of the shop, but always ensures students are making the decisions.
Fred Levy HM Faculty
Mr. Cook advises the robot design and fabrication process, working closely with our student leadership to ensure success both in learning and competition.
Jon Cook Con Edison
Ben Spector is the captain of our team, ensuring that all designs are sufficiently explosive. Ben's favorite materials are Chromoly Steel and MDF, taking after his design mentor Jon Cook. Ben is aso a winner of the FRC Dean's List Award.
Benjamin Frederick Spector Senior
Jake Beckman is the head of our Design, Build, Test Department.
Jake Beckman Senior
Michael Truell ensures proper coding practice, version control, and strict adherence to the style guide. In his spare time, Michael enjoys camouflaging into doorframes with his tender, sticky feet, or moonlighting as a carrot in Broadway's "Salade du Jour."
Michael Truell Senior
Nora Nickerson ensures that the robot gets built, and manages all robot fabrication. Nora is also our team's safety captain.
Nora Nickerson Senior
William Golub is the team's head of operations and is responsible for logistics, PR, marketing, outreach, and rule compliance. William is also an active volunteer with NYC FIRST at the FLL and FTC levels.
William Golub Junior
Nikhil Mehta Leads the Shovel team of our DBT department.="user">
Nikhil Mehta Senior
Arul Kapoor Leads the ShoveAssembly team of our DBT department.="user">
Arul Kapoor Junior
Naomi Cebula Leads the Climb team of our DBT department.="user">
Naomi Cebula Senior
Jake Sanders is our lead programmer and Radiohead binge-listener.
Jake Sanders Senior
Teddy Rashkover is head of electronics and the team's resident pianist and scientist.="user">
Teddy Rashkover Senior